Today, the youth led immigrant rights group, CT Students for a DREAM, will be hosting an important event at Western Connecticut State University in support of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.
Documented and undocumented students from WCSU, ECSU, CCSU, UCONN, Trinity College, Yale University, Quinnipiac University, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Sacred Heart, Norwalk Community College, and Connecticut public high schools will convene in support of this pivotal piece of legislation (DREAM Act), a bipartisan bill that would acknowledge the clear fact that these individuals, who were brought by their parents to the United States at a young age, are indeed Americans and would provide them with an earned pathway to citizenship.
During the rally, undocumented students will share their stories of hardship, struggle and triumph; stories about growing up in the country they call home but where current immigration law undermines their sense of identity, their talents, and their aspirations, and disregards the vital contributions they make to their communities; stories that shed light on an injustice and stories that highlight how they are denied the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Through this event, we will show that DREAMers are indistinguishable from their fellow Americans; honest, hard working individuals who want to realize their full potential and continue to give back to their communities.
The DREAMAct is scheduled for debate and possible vote next week.
As a strong advocate for immigrant rights in Danbury, I'll be on hand to show my support for this important cause and will providing a live video stream of this event starting at 1PM.
UPDATE: Here's the re-broadcast of the DreamAct presentation. I will have a follow-up post with interviews with sponsors of the event later.