A high school friend posted a link to this video on Facebook about Monji Dolon, one of her classmates at UNC-CH. Although Monji has proven himself to be a skillful computer scientist, he cannot accept any of the many job offers he has received, because his parents brought him to the United States illegally when he was 9 years old. A petition to support him is available here.
I was excited to find that Monji’s video was one of a series of videos from Senator Durbin’s testimony in favor of the DREAM Act (the series is watchable here). Although I think the stories would be even more powerful if they were told by the individuals themselves, Senator Durbin does an excellent job conveying the DREAMers’ dedication to their education, work and communities. He also effectively shows how the United States will only benefit from granting these individuals citizenship.
Though most media attention on congress has been focused on the impending debt ceiling deadline, Senators Reid and Durbin sought to revive the DREAM Act at the end of June. Additionally, Maryland and California have introduced their own DREAM Act-type bills, with the California congress approving a bill to allow undocumented students to receive financial aid from private sources. Progress is being made every day, and it’s important that those of us who support the DREAM Act continue to advocate on this issue, through petitions and letters to our congresspeople.
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