Migrant Youth: May 2009 Archives

Movable Type ate a post I spent hours writing on Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, last night.  Today, I just want to get things down. 

One thing I've been meaning to get down for sometime is an article that was written in The Hill about the prospects for U.S. migration reform

Dick Durbin, the U.S. Senator from Illinois, specifically says he has the votes to pass the DREAM Act, but that he prefers include it as part of broader comprehensive migration reform.
Act On A Dream Rally 1 May 2009 - Citizen Orange.jpg(Picture: Harvard Act On A Dream Rally - 1 May 2009)

I took the weekend to rest after what was a hectic last two weeks of school.  I won't be able to relax until I get my grades back, but I've started to ease into a summer of pro-migrant advocacy.  There's so much that I want to write about, but I should start with Drew Faust's endorsement of the DREAM Act.
I'm struggling to get through the last few days of school, so I'll have more time to write after this week.  Still, I wanted to link to an article that just appeared in the Boston Globe.  It is the outcome of almost a year of organizing.

Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust yesterday backed federal legislation that would clear the way for illegal immigrant students to apply for legal residency, an endorsement that stunned students and drew criticism for a president who has largely steered clear of fierce debates.

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Faust, who declined to be interviewed, is not the first leader to endorse the Dream Act. But her action adds a powerful new voice to the debate over a bill that has languished in Congress since 2001.
Maria Sacchetti - Boston Globe (21 May 2009)

Victory is sweet.


ACTION: Support Middlebury College Students as they ask their President to come out in support of the DREAM Act by emailing Barbara McBride (mcbridge@middlebury.edu)

Students in the Northeast have been busy.  I've been in touch with students from at least half a dozen colleges here that are pushing to make their schools be more supportive of the DREAM Act.  A friend of mine from Middlebury College in Vermont, Cedar Attanasio, has asked me to publish his letter to President Ronald Liebowitz asking him to come out in support of the DREAM Act.  Attanasio also wrote me in an email to say they've been getting "tons of student signatures, the student government is with us, and we're pushing the prez again on Tuesday."  Combined with our recent efforts at Harvard, it looks as if a movement is rising across the northeast.  Below is Attanasio's letter:
This op-ed is going to be published in the Harvard Crimson, today, on May 1, 2009:

Harvard University, one of the world's most prestigious educational institutions, is refusing to take an active stance on one of the most glaring educational injustices of our time. Last month, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act was reintroduced into Congress, but Harvard has yet to lift a finger to help get the legislation passed.