The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California strongly urges Congress to take action and vote to pass the DREAM Act.

The DREAM Act, which stands for the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented students who complete two years of college or military service. This sensible proposal has long enjoyed bi-partisan support because it would enhance our economy and national security.

“The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California urges Congress to pass the DREAM Act. America has long attracted the best and brightest to this country,” said Hector Villagra, legal director of the ACLU/SC. “They come in search of opportunity, a chance to work hard and contribute to their communities. The DREAM Act is a continuation of that tradition. It will allow talented, deserving students who have set down roots in this country to obtain a college education, contribute to our economy, and increase the pool for military recruitment and enhance our country's readiness. For too long, these young immigrant students have lived in the shadows. It is time they be allowed to step forward and fully participate in the American dream.”

These dreamers are our future teachers, leaders, and entrepreneurs who will strengthen the fabric of this country and make us a stronger more vibrant nation.

The time is now for Congress to act. Pass the DREAM Act.