HNBA NATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR PASSAGE OF THE DREAM ACT
HNBA AND THE DREAM ACT
On June 28, 2011, Senator Durbin chaired the first-ever U.S. Senate Hearing on the DREAM Act. The HNBA submitted written testimony outlining the legal, economic, and national security arguments that demonstrate the case for DREAM, along with a petition signed by over 1,000 HNBA members and supporters in favor of passage. Committee staff called the HNBA testimony the most comprehensive testimony received.
After the hearing, a special graduation ceremony took place for the DREAMers at the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Senate Russell building. More than 200 DREAMers filled the caucus room to participate in the ceremony.
MODEL RESOLUTION CAMPAIGN
- You can access the model resolution here.
- Talking points for the model resolution are available here.
Our grassroots campaign to lobby state legislatures in support of the DREAM Act is intended for lawyers and non-lawyers alike. You can review the information on this webpage to become familiar with the DREAM Act and its history. Download the model resolution and its talking points and review them in detail to use them as your lobbying tools. To get started, you should:
1. Identify your local state legislators. You can find your local state legislators through the National Conference of State Legislatures.
2. Research your state legislators to identify ones who would support the model resolution.
3. Determine whether your state legislator or the state legislature has any policies in place for lobbying that must be followed.
4. Consider obtaining group support for your efforts, such as from voluntary bar associations in your state or other groups.
5. Consider using media, either local or state press or social media, to spread your message.
HBA-DC, an HNBA Affiliate, through its advocacy secured the unanimous approval by the DC Council of the DREAM Model Resolution. The DC Council approved the resolution on December 19, 2012. The District of Columbia Council is thus the first jurisdiction in the U.S. to pass the HNBA initiative model resolution. For details of HBA-DC and MALDEF testimony before the DC Council and the text of the resolution, see the DREAM Act Resources section below. See the DREAM Act News Archive below for details of the HBA-DC December 19, 2012 press release.
DREAM ACT PARTNERS
SIGN THE DREAM ACT PETITION
(Clicking the above link will open a window for you to sign our petition. Please note that by submitting your information, you are permitting us to use your name and email address for internal purposes related to the DREAM Act Campaign. This includes sending updates and other online communication. We will not share your email address with any third parties.)
WRITE YOUR LEGISLATORS
BACKGROUND ON THE DREAM ACT
HISTORY AND BENEFITS
The DREAM Act provides conditional permanent residency to undocumented immigrants who enroll in college or serve in the military. After meeting a set of requirements, including completion of at least two years of college or military service, the conditional status could be converted to full-fledged resident status. Full-fledged resident status is a prerequisite for obtaining U.S. citizenship. The two year college or military requirement could be met in a variety of ways, including attending community or vocational school or service in the National Guard.
If the DREAM Act were passed, the undocumented youth who would benefit from the DREAM Act would generate an estimated $1.4 trillion to $3.6 trillion in income over a forty-year period. At the same time that the DREAM Act would boost the earnings of the recipients of the Act, it would also reduce the cost of criminal justice and social services to taxpayers. The DREAM Act would reduce deficits by about $2.2 billion from 2011 through 2020.Additional Resources:
Immigration Policy Center,The Dream Act: Creating Opportunities for Immigrant Students and Supporting the U.S. Economy (May 18, 2011).
Congressional Budget Office, H.R. 6497 Cost Estimate (Dec. 2010).
In May 2012, Rep. Rivera also introduced the STARS Act, which would permit undocumented students to become permanent residents if they complete a four-year degree, provided that they were generally under the age of 19 at the time of application. The nonimmigrant status lasts for five years and may be renewed for an additional five-year period if the applicant graduates from a four-year college or university. Three years after the five-year extension is granted, the beneficiary may have their status adjusted to that of a permanent resident.
Neither the AMRS Act nor the STARS Act present the benefits of the DREAM Act.Please read “A Comparison of the DREAM Act and Other Proposals for Undocumented Youth.”
THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH DEFERRED ACTION POLICY
DREAM ACT NEWS ARCHIVE
DREAM ACT RESOURCES
HNBA Testimony on the DREAM Act for the U.S. Senate
- Read HNBA’s Testimony submitted for Senate Hearing on the DREAM Acthere.
- Exhibit 1:Plyler v. Doe
- Exhibit 2:Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate
- Exhibit 3:UCLA Report “No DREAMers Left Behind – The Economic Potential of DREAM Act Beneficiaries”
- Exhibit 4 –part 1;part 2:A Disturbing Trend in Law School Diversity, Columbia University School of Law and SALT
- Exhibit 5:Migration Policy Institute “DREAM vs. Reality: An Analysis of Potential DREAM Act Beneficiaries”
- Exhibit 6:HNBA DREAM Act Petition
DREAM Act Hearing Transcript
Fall 2010 HNBA Letter calling for Cloture Vote
National Immigration Law Center DREAM Act Summary
Website of US Senator Dick Durbin
HNBA Journal DREAM Article
White House website immigration
CA Student Aid Commission website on CA DREAM Act
DREAM Task Force Resolution
HBA-DC testimony re PR19-1002
DC Council DREAM Resolution
CAP Report on Economic Impact of DREAM Act
CHC Immigration Reform Principles
DREAM ACT TEAM
The HNBA thanks HBA-DC for assistance in developing the model resolution