The AFL-CIO Supports the DREAM Act

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AFL-CIO field staffer Will Fischer, a Marine Corps vetaran, explains how the DREAM Act would boost military recruitment in a blog post.

Below is a statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka On the DREAM Act
September 20, 2010

Now is the time to pass the DREAM act and give hope to our nation's youth. Every year, thousands of students graduate from high school and are barred from serving in the military or attending college - solely because of their immigration status. Despite their achievements and dreams, these graduating seniors' lives are paralyzed, and our country is deprived of their contributions.
The DREAM Act would provide a chance for immigrant youth to earn conditional residency, to attend college and to serve in our nation's military. The bill would grant a pathway to residency to undocumented students nationwide who fulfill several requirements: arrival in the United States before the age of sixteen, residence in the country for at least five consecutive years, graduation from a U.S. high school or attainment of a GED or a military service equivalent, and having "good moral character."

We strongly support passage of the DREAM Act, and congratulate Senator Reid for his leadership in protecting the interests of our children and all working people. Tomorrow the Senate will have the opportunity to move the defense authorization bill forward and open the door for consideration of the DREAM Act. We strongly encourage all Senators to
support the motion to proceed and Senator Reid's effort to include the DREAM Act as an amendment.

The livelihood and future of hundreds of thousands of our youth are at stake.

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