Justice and Peace Links—The DREAM Act

The DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act is proposed legislation that would provide a way for undocumented youth to legalize their status, and then be able to enroll in higher education or join the military.

Links is the electronic newsletter of Presbyterian Women’s Justice and Peace Committee. Each issue explores a topic of justice and peace and offers suggestions for how to be involved and advocate on the topic.

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  1. I encourage every Presbyterian Woman to contact her congress person and support the Dream Act. I had Hispanic students - mostly undocumented- in my classroom from the late 1980's when they moved into my area of the country until I retired in 2009. I saw these wondersful students graduate from high school with good grades and dreams of living the American life, to see them disappear into the chicken houses to make a living just like their parents who brought them here. Many of the parents were promised help from the chicken farmers to get citizenship; however, I know of one specific case where the farmer, after more than 10 years of frustration from the Hispanics, finally drowned the hopes and dreams of one particiular family when he said, "I am not going to help you get citizenship because then you would quit working for me and go get a good job." These people work 7 days a week, are on call 24 hours of the day, and work 365 days of the year, unless there is a period of time when there are no chickens. Then they get paid nothing. These students will become good citizens and make this country a better place; get involved.

    by Mary Beth Lysobey

    November 15, 2011