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Support for the Dream Act

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To The Editor:

 

OMNI Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology expresses our congratulations — felicitaciones — to DREAMers across our state and country for the support by President Obama for the DREAM Act. This announcement from Department of Homeland Security and the White House grants relief to approximately 1 million DREAMers from removal from the country or entering into removal proceedings.

This success is a direct result of work by DREAMers and their friends across the country, including individuals who recently visited Fayetteville and were featured in the May panel discussion at the University of Arkansas, “Undocumented: Living in the Shadows.” These dedicated young people have been front and center in White House conversations on administrative relief the last several months, and we are truly grateful for their service to our state.

We also express deep appreciation for the support of Dr. Gearhart and other fine UA officials who supported “Living in the Shadows” and exemplary students from our area who will benefit our country because of this new chance for an education and a life not hiding in the shadows.

There is still a need for the DREAM Act both at the national level (for a pathway to citizenship) and at the state level (for in-state tuition) if we want to ensure that ALL Arkansas students have access to the higher education that they need for our state to achieve its real potential.

Thank you to all Arkansans who have ever cared about and/or actively supported the DREAM Act. Fear and hate are not the way forward. There is a better way — si se puede!

To stay abreast of developments on administrative relief for DREAMers, please “Like” them on Arkansas- United Community Coalition Facebook page, or follow the organization on Twitter at ArkansasUC_Coalition. And see Arkansas Coalition for Dream at http://arkansasdreamers.org.

 

In solidarity for a better Arkansas,

Gladys Tiffany,

OMNI Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology

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