All signs are that Congress will be voting on the DREAM Act as soon as Wednesday or Thursday this week. The DREAM Act would provide a path to legal status for undocumented youth brought into the United States by their parents.
At least half a million LGBT youth are among the 12 million undocumented youth potentially impacted by the DREAM Act and LGBT youth have been at the forefront of the DREAM Act movement.
The DREAM Act is bipartisan legislation that addresses the tragedy of young people who grew up in the United States and have graduated from our high schools, but whose future is circumscribed by our current immigration laws. Under current law, these young people generally derive their immigration status solely from their parents, and if their parents are undocumented or in immigration limbo, most have no mechanism to obtain legal residency, even if they have lived most of their lives here in the U.S. The DREAM Act would provide such a mechanism for those who are able to meet certain conditions such as serving two year in the military or graduating from college.
Vigils will be held in support of the bill all around the country Tuesday or Wednesday at the locations listed below. Check out Reform Immigration for America’s Facebook page for the most up-to-date list of times, dates, locations and other details.
Arizona: Phoenix, Phoenix
California: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco
District of Columbia: D.C. (*note* this is a 12/8 event)
New York: New York City, Queens
North Carolina: Charlotte, Greensboro
Oregon: Portland (*note* this is a 12/8 event)
Washington: Kennewick, Mount Vernon, Seattle, Vancouver, Walla Walla, Yakima (further WA details)