For the past decade, a bill has been introduced over and over in Congress to deal with Undocumented students that have lived in the US for most of their lives and do not consider any other country their home. These students graduate from High school and find a dead end in their lives, unable to continue their education or get lawful employment. This bill is the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM, Act.
Originally a bipartisan bill, the bill has been reintroduced in both chambers of congress numerous times, passing in the House but failing to get a filibuster proof majority in the Senate (though having a simple majority of over 50 votes in support).
The College Democrats at UF believe and support the notion that a bill like the DREAM Act should be passed; not only is it socially conscious – as these undocumented students identify themselves as American – but it is also fiscally responsible and an improvement for our nation. The Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that the November 30th, 2010 version of the DREAM Act would have “reduced deficits by about $1.4 billion over the 2011-2020 period” and “increased government revenues by $2.3 billion over the next 10 years.” Additionally, In 2007, several senior officials at the Department of Defense have spoken in favor of promising resident status to members of the military as a means of boosting recruitment.
Because of all of this, the UF College Democrats Hispanic Caucus hosted a Day of Action raise funds for a non-profit advocacy group called Campaign for the American Dream. This organization has been preparing a cross-country march by a few “Dreamers” (Undocumented Students who would qualify for a pathway to citizenship under the DREAM Act). We had laptops in our table and people signed up to my.edu, a website which offers help to college students with professors ratings, passing rates for various classes at different Universities as well as in helping set up their academic schedules. This website partnered with CAD and for every person that signed up a dollar was donated for the march. By the end of the day – in a span of four hours – a total of $60 were raised through the website. The UF College Democrats Hispanic Caucus proudly supports the DREAM Act!