Top Universities Urge Senate to Support DREAM Act

The Presidents of eight top universities write the Senate and urge them to vote in favor of the DREAM Act, adding additional pressure to the Senate to do something about immigration. 

The universities, including Harvard, Tufts, Boston University, Northeastern, MIT, UMass, UMass Boston, and Boston College, submitted joint letters to Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown.  Senator Brown has indicated he’s unsure if he’ll vote for the measure which offers a pathway to citizenship to a narrow category of undocumented students who were brought to this country as minors through no fault of their own.  Under the proposed legislation these students would qualify for temporary permanent resident status if they pursue higher education or enroll in the military.

The letter said that it was their hope that, as some of the world’s leading institutions of higher learning, the Universities’ support of the bill would encourage all Senators to prioritize the needs of students and the benefit to this country their contribution brings. 

The full letter can be found here.

Stand with these top universities and urge the Senate to vote YES on the DREAM Act.

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27 comments

jane richmond
jane richmond7 years ago

Education is fundamental

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Nancy M.
Nancy M7 years ago

Do Universities want more "customers"? Hmmm, since at least one of these universities (and others around the nation) have proposed using their endowments to give free tuition, I doubt that is what they are looking for. These students may not pay very much for the education they would receive. Perhaps people at universities just like having an educated populace.

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ruth a.
ruth a7 years ago

sounds good to me!

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Jim Steve
Jim Steve7 years ago

Lets see: the Universities said they wanted more customers? And this is news? That's no different than other US corporations wanting more immigration because it improves the bottom line.

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gary leigh
gary leigh7 years ago

POWELL IS A OVERATED GENERAL REMEMBER "WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION". THE DREAM ACT WILL ADD 1 MILLION NEW CITIZENS AUTOMATICALLY TO OUR ROLES. WE DON'T HAVE RESOURCES TO SUPPORT THE PEOPLE WE HAVE JOBS,HOUSING,WATER,ELECTICITY,ETC. YET WE CONTINUE OUT OF GUILT TO WANT TO MAKE IT BETTER. WE HAVE TO FIX OUR PROBLEMS BEFORE WE CAN ADDRESS OTHERS. THESE PEOPLE WILL NOT BE KILLED IF THEY ARE RETURNED TO THEIR COUNTRIES. WE KEEP HAVING BLEEDING HEARTS WHEN OUR OWN CITIZENS ARE LOSING THEIR HOMES AND FAMILIES. CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME. THESE PEOPLE SHOULD FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHTS IN THEIR OWN COUNTRIES NOT RUN TO AMERICA TO SAVE THE DAY. I WOULD STAND BEHIND THEIR FIGHT IN THEIR COUNTRY BUT WHEN THEY COME HERE BREAK OUR LAWS AND TELL US WHAT TO DO I DON'T AGREE. WE NEED TO GET OUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT.

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Marilyn L.
Marilyn L7 years ago

These kids are innocent victims. They have been hurt my the ignorance, lies and actions of their parents. There country, the only one many of them know, should not do the same.

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Helen Allard
Helen Allard7 years ago

General Colin Powell is where I heard it first and it made sense then, still makes sense now and like I said then, I'll follow the General. Knowledge in power...

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Carole H.
Carole Hagen7 years ago

READ!

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Mike Masley
Michael Masley7 years ago

Go universities!

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Vince D.
Vince D7 years ago

Reid a hypocrite? No way! ;^)

He voted for it then changed his vote to somehow reserve his right to bring it up again. I don’t know the rules, just repeating what was reported. The guy has “cojones”, just no brain.

His real intent was to rally the Hispanic voters as he’s in deep doo-doo back home and needs their vote. That so-called DREAM Act is a huge amnesty with some very deceitful marketing behind it. The pro-amnesty folks were all over this. Of course we were too.

Welcome to the world of the jaded.…

I spent some time with my tenants explaining the DREAM Act, they were unaware of it and pretty disgusted once they realized what it really does.

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