Rally Tomorrow At Mason Park For The DREAM Act

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Photo courtesy of Marina Castillo-Knuti

Keep the DREAM alive. That's what community activists in Houston are trying to do tomorrow at Mason Park when they hold a rally in support of the DREAM Act, a piece of federal legislation that would allow certain undocumented immigrants to earn citizenship.

Officially called the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, (see our take on it here) the proposed law would let illegal immigrants who entered the United States before the age of 16 and have lived here for at least five years to earn permanent residency by either serving in the military for two years or by completing at least two years of college.

Sponsors of the tomorrow's rally, Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle, ask that supporters don their cap and gown to symbolize all of the undocumented students' graduating from high school and college. The event in Houston coincides with the National DREAM Act Graduation Day in Washington, D.C.

Different versions of the proposed law have been kicking around the Congress for years. In 2007, the bill made it to the Senate floor, where it received a majority of votes, but still eight votes shy of the 60 it needed to survive a filibuster in the then-Republican body. Many conservatives see the measure as an amnesty plan disguised as an education initiative that would potentially expose the country to more illegal immigration.

The rally is scheduled for 3:30 pm at Mason Park, located at 541 S. 75th Street.


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