Saturday, December 18, 2010

DREAMers to Congress: We won't stop fighting for what is right

Guest post by: The United We Dream Network
This morning, a bipartisan majority in the US Senate voted in favor of permitting debate on the DREAM Act. Unfortunately, 60 votes were needed and the measure will not move forward this year. We are thankful to the 52 Democrats and three Republicans who stood by us, and ashamed of the 41 Senators who voted to kill this critical piece of legislation that would create a path to legal status for up to 2.1 million young people in America.

We are disappointed and angry. Not only was the vote harmful to the nation, but the rhetoric used by many Members of Congress ignores reality in a disturbing way. Undocumented young people who need the DREAM Act are hard-working and full of potential. We have worked, and continue working, to get educated and be a positive contribution to society. We will remember in future elections who these senators were that chose to use their position in congress as a pulpit for hateful rhetoric, and failed to do the right thing for millions of young people seeking an education.

Our campaign may be coming to an end and a new stage in our movement for dignity and human rights is about to begin. We will continue fighting for our dreams, and we will be able to mobilize an army of dreamers. Some of them will be future doctors, engineers, educators, and business leaders that will create jobs and opportunities. Some of them will be future soldiers and generals to represent us in the military. All of them will fight for a stronger and more united America. Our hopes for the future are based on a history this nation of immigrants has already lived. That is why we hope, that is why we dream. We see the light while walking in darkness. We see the dawn before the rest of the world.

As undocumented leaders, we urge dreamers across the country to stay strong and healthy. This is a hard moment for all of us, but more than ever before we have each other to rely on. Sooner or later, the dream is coming true!
Source: The United We Dream Network

8 comments:

Mauigirl said...

It's a shame such an important day for gay rights is sullied by the continued prejudice against immigrants. I hope soon this will be revisited. It should have won except for the ridiculous Senate requirement of 60 votes to fend off a filibuster. I wish they'd make the Republicans who voted against this actually DO the filibuster, stand and talk day and night, rather than just using the threat. It's ridiculous that a bill can win a majority but still lose.

Border Explorer said...

You are right on all counts! What excellent observations! Thanks so much for that contribution!

an average patriot said...

They passed DADT and we can be proud of that however I just do not understand how they can vote against helping America.

Border Explorer said...

Yes to both points, Jim. I'm so disappointed about the DREAM Act that it robs my joy at the defeat of DADT. Change comes so incrementally that I get impatient. Need to keep my eye on the donut and not the hole.

an average patriot said...

Billie you are right to be disappointed and concerned primarily because of the Republicans. The future mainly because of them is very disconcerting here.

Border Explorer said...

As angry as I am at the bullying behavior of the GOP who have blocked progress, I'm equally disappointed in the five Democrats who voted this down. Conversely, there were actually three Repubs who supported DREAM. I give props to everyone who voted to nurture our nation's children.

an average patriot said...

I agree Billie, our entire Government is a disappointment.

susan said...

I agree with you that it's incredibly unjust. It would be nice if there was more sanity and compassion.