Philadelphia to Welcome NY Trail of Dreams Walkers
WHAT: A press conference on Monday, April 19th, at 11 A.M. to welcome a group of immigrant youth walking 250 miles from New York City to Washington D.C. On April 10th, 2010, these students departed from New York City and are walking to Washington D.C. to highlight the need to fix our broken immigration system and call for the passage of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.
The DREAM Act is a bi-partisan bill currently pending in Congress that would provide undocumented youth a path to legalize their status after meeting strict requirements, including showing that they entered the U.S. before age 16, have a high school diploma or GED, can demonstrate good moral character (no criminal record), have lived at least five years in the U.S., and will complete two years of college or military service.
WHO: Four immigrant students from the New York State Youth Leadership Council, as well as immigrant students, educators, and community members from DreamActivist Pennsylvania, who advocate for the rights of immigrant youth and passage of the DREAM Act.
WHERE: The press conference will be held at University of Pennsylvania, Meyerson Hall, Room B3. The address is 210 South 34th St. Philadelphia, PA (at Walnut).
WHY: These brave immigrant students are risking their lives, leaving family and friends behind, in order to help Americans understand the hardships immigrants have to go through as a result of a broken immigration system. Every year, 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school nationwide with few prospects for further education or employment and absolutely no way to obtain legal status. Many were brought here as young children. 850 of those students graduate each year from Pennsylvania schools. Passage of the DREAM Act would finally allow these students to be recognized for the efforts they have made to follow their dream, the American Dream. This bill would allow them to reach their full potential, contribute back to their communities, and fully participate in the economic recovery of our country.