The DREAM Act is proposed federal legislation that would help thousands of hard-working students realize their dreams of legalizing their immigration status. Specifically, the DREAM Act would provide legal status and access to financial aid to those young people who have graduated from a high school in the United States or received a GED, entered the United States before they were 16 years of age, and have been in the United States for at least five years. In order to qualify, each student would have to complete two years of higher education, or serve in the United States Armed Forces for at least two years. It is very inspiring to ILRC that these "DREAM Act" students, especially those in the California DREAM network, are working together and with others for the enactment of this legislation in the United States Congress.

California DREAM network

ILRC has forged a very close relationship with the student leaders of the newly-formed statewide California DREAM Network, as well as with student leaders from at least five of its affiliates. The California DREAM network is a network of over 20 California college and university campuses that launched both their network and a Dream Act campaign throughout the state of California on February 28, 2007. We have provided them with a lot of support, including logistical assistance and advice during their week-long fast which ended in San Francisco, as well as in one of their visits to speak with Congresspersons (and their staffers) in Washington, DC. Our work with them has also included conducting training and assistance for them, specific to their unique needs, helping the statewide organization as well as local affiliates in their media work, and connecting them with media outlets.

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