Supporting the DREAM

Comprehensive immigration reform has always been a core value and goal at IMAN. We see such reform as the recognition of both the human dignity and the socioeconomic contributions of undocumented immigrants. While a comprehensive reform of the immigration system remains our long-term goal, we are currently urging support for The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, also known as the DREAM Act.

This DREAM Act has widespread support and will provide a path to legal status for youth who entered the U.S. as children and who will complete at least two years of college or military service. It has been shown that such legalizing of so many talented and hard-working young folk will be a major boost to the American economy, making this bill not only the right but also the smart thing to do.

However, in these times of scapegoating and demagoguery, legislators can often find it difficult to act on what many of them may believe to be the right, and smart, thing to do. This is where we need you to help and act. Though efforts to bring the DREAM Act to a vote in the Senate were stifled in October, very soon Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid could initiate another vote. The newly elected Senator from Illinois, Mark Kirk, and some other Senators have not committed to supporting the DREAM Act. We need you to act today. Sign this petition and tell your family and your friends to support the DREAM Act as well: http://act.reformimmigrationforamerica.org/sign/dreamact/

As people of faith, principles and courage we need to be relevant to the great issues of our times. The crisis of immigration and immigrant rights is clearly one such issue, for how it is resolved, or not, will be one factor in determining whether we will have an inclusive or exclusive society, now and into the future. Now is our chance to have a principled and courageous voice in determining the direction of our nation. This is also our opportunity to stand with others in their struggles; if we do, only then can we have any hope and expectation that others will stand with us in our struggles. This show of solidarity, then, is also the right and the smart thing to do.

Please sign the petition today: http://act.reformimmigrationforamerica.org/sign/dreamact/

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