I originally heard about the D.R.E.A.M. or Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act through Change.org. I had gone to the site to sign another petition and a petition in support of the D.R.E.A.M. act came up as an additional petition I might be interested in signing. Upon reading the short description I knew that this was something that I could support. I did not and do not believe that people should be punished for a choice they did not make. These young people who apply for this Act were not the ones who made the decision to come to the United States legally. This country in many cases is the only one they know and it is surely the country that they are acculturated to. If they wish to become formalized members of our society through means that indicates that they are “good,” law abiding citizens i.e., higher education or military service, I say they should be able to do so. This act isn’t perfect but neither is our immigration system…
Overtime, I was able to learn more about the history of this bill and some of the leaders of this movement and I was impressed. As with all bills and movements there are people who are for and against this act and both sides have valid points not always expressed in media. There have also been waves of activity or protest around this issue. Considering that it is an election year, I do not expect to see much news around this bill but it does not change my supporting the bill through The Double-Latte Project.
Also because the act itself is not an organization, I decided to show my support through The D.R.E.A.M Activist. A movement/group of “undocumented” students and former students and their allies who support a path to citizenship for young people who came to the United States undocumented with their parents, families and/or guardians.
One of the core leaders of the D.R.E.A.M. Activist movement is Prerna Lal. She is a brave woman who risked her own lifestyle to step forward and say I am undocumented but I am more American (US) than I am where I migrated from. I have things to offer this country and I would like a means to do so. Currently, she works with communications and operations for this orgnazation; she also created the petition on change.org.