NALEO Educational Fund Supports DREAM Act Legislative Effort

May 11, 2011, 13:30 ET from NALEO Educational Fund

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund issued the following statement regarding the introduction today of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act in both the Senate and House.  

"We applaud the actions of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and 30 of their colleagues in support of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.  

"We also praise the bipartisan efforts of Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Howard Berman (D-CA) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) for introducing similar legislation in the House.

"The DREAM Act would strengthen our economy and society by enabling thousands of students to pursue opportunities in college, the military or trade schools. It allows our country to benefit from the economic and social contributions of immigration youth.  Those who will benefit from the DREAM Act are precisely the individuals we want in our country.

"The DREAM Act is a proposal that has wide bipartisan support and is a legislative priority for the Latino electorate. The NALEO Educational Fund urges passage of the DREAM Act, which ensures that motivated and accomplished immigrant students brought here at a young age through no fault of their own continue their education and journey toward becoming full Americans."

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The NALEO Educational Fund is the nation's leading non-partisan, non-profit organization that facilitates the full participation of Latinos in the American political process, from citizenship to public service.

Contact: Patricia Guadalupe (202) 546-2536

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