Several activists are traveling across the country and encouraging others to support the DREAM Act legislation. The legislation, also known as the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, is meant to grant U.S. citizenship to undocumented children who attend college or serve in the U.S. military after they graduate from a U.S. high school.
There has been wide support of the bill among immigrant activists, undocumented immigrants as well as government officials, however, the support has not warranted the bill to pass through Congress. The DREAM Act was passed by the House in 2010, but it failed to survive in the Senate, and was voted down by a 55 to 41 vote.
Through the years there have been several arguments on the bill as well as similar bills drafted, most recently by Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Rubio, the son of immigrants, drafted a bill that will allow children of undocumented immigrants an easier option to gain legal status – not U.S. citizenship – by joining the military or enrolling in higher education.
One of the activists taking part in the informative road trip is Itza Hernandez, a 20-year-old young woman brought to the United States on a tourist visa at the age of four. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Hernandez was choked up as she told the crowd her story of her brother’s deportation.
“They can’t let this happen […] to rob me of anybody else,” Hernandez told the crowd of 50 DREAM Act supporters, according to the news source. “They have robbed me of my brother.”
Student activism for the DREAM Act has continued to grow within the past several years. A Utah-based activist group called the Salt Lake Dream Team travels to various schools throughout the country to tell the story of undocumented students as well as keep others informed and up-to-date on the topic. According to the organization’s web site, The Salt Lake Dream Team not only provides relevant information, but also provides petitions for the public to sign.