Resolution - Supports The Dream Act

WHEREAS, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) champions the cause of Hispanic citizens and noncitizens in education, employment, economic development and civil rights; and

WHEREAS, The Dream Act (S. 2075) was introduced by Senators Durbin of Illinois, Hagel of Nevada, and Lugar of Indiana, and was pending before the 109th Congress; and

WHEREAS, The Dream Act will provide for the adjustment of immigration status to over 65.000 students throughout the United States who presently are undocumented; and

WHEREAS, every year thousands off noncitizens make tremendous sacrifice, including risking their lives, to arrive in the United States to provide better lives for their families and/or to escape persecution or repression ;and

WHEREAS, the United States of America has always carried one dominant promise to the world; The American Dream; and

WHEREAS, The League of United Latin American Citizens ( LULAC) has made the passage of the Development , Relief, And Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM ACT) a top priority for the past few years; and

WHEREAS, The United States of America is in need of bi-lingual, educated, assimilated, and professional individuals in its workforce in order to compete in the heavily competitive global economy; and

WHEREAS, The LULAC Young Adults have lead the way for the advancement of this important piece of legislation through grass root organizations and technological and social networking.

WHEREAS, this legislation will provide for legalization and a path towards citizenships for students who entered into the U.S. before the age of 16; and

WHEREAS, the Dream Act provides for certain requirements to be met by students who have a high school diploma or GED at time of application for relief and be accepted into a two-or four-year institution of higher education; and

WHEREAS, the National LULAC will establish a Dream Act Task Force composed of Young Adult members. Each region will have 2 appointments of active young adults, with a total of 12 committee members, which will be approved by the National Vice President of the Young Adult and by the National President. In case of no representation, regional Vice-President has the power to appoint an active young adult outside of their region.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that LULAC endorses and supports passage of the DREAM Act; and that the League of Latin American Citizens from the National LULAC Dream Act Task Force headed by the LULAC Young Adult members will focus primarily on this crucial topic. And that we anticipate a maximum expense of $8,000-$ 10,000 for project expenses such as; phone conferencing, video conferencing, correspondence and the printing of literature and a yearly DREAM Act Task Force meeting.

Approved this 11th day of July 2008.
Rosa Rosales
LULAC National President