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06/14/2010 08:45 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Senator Sherrod Brown, Don't Fear the Opposition -- Support the DREAM Act

Senator Sherrod Brown to support the DREAM Act.

A few months ago, Senator Sherrod Brown conducted an interview with Kathleen Wells for my online publication Race-Talk.org. We really appreciated his time to discuss critical labor and economic issues we are dealing with today. From the interview, our readers were impressed with his avocation for social justice.

But many people in Ohio are urging you, Senator Brown, to co-sponsor the DREAM Act. This is your opportunity to stand-up for education and to give undocumented youth an opportunity for an American education and a path to citizenship. To back this law requires courage, and based on the interview you gave Race-Talk, courage seems part of your DNA. Well, I hope you show your courage to the people of Ohio.

Ohio needs to see that you will stand-up for children who want an opportunity for an American college education -- the best in the world. Ohio needs to see their Senator fight and support the poor and disenfranchised -- the people who WANT to live and prosper as American citizens -- and achieve the "real" American Dream, the OPPORTUNITY to achieve all they can dream. The OPPORTUNITY to support one's neighborhood, family and be a contributor to our democracy. A dream, that we as citizens are having now because of your ancestors and other people who have fought for justice and served the people.

You say on your website: "The solution to our immigration problem will not be a simple one, as many things in our country need to be fixed to stop illegal immigration. It is time to take a common sense approach to immigration reform."

The DREAM Act is a small step in the right direction. More work needs to be done. To support the DREAM Act is to support and to pay homage to the immigrants before us. It also allows us to say proudly our American welcome message:

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
- Statue of Liberty

It is in our American roots to SUPPORT immigrants. It is our CALLING. Answer the call Senator.

We urge that you do not fear the opposition. As our Senator, I urge you to do what's right, not what's safe; to do what is just, not what's easy.

Co-sponsor the DREAM Act today, brother -- don't fear the opposition -- we will support you, too:


More info about the DREAM Act.

Over three million students graduate from U.S. high schools every year. Most get the opportunity to test their dreams and live their American story. However, a group of approximately 65,000 youth do not get this opportunity; they are smeared with an inherited title, an illegal immigrant. These youth have lived in the United States for most of their lives and want nothing more than to be recognized for what they are, Americans.

The DREAM Act is a bipartisan legislation ‒ pioneered by Sen. Orin Hatch [R-UT] and Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL] ‒ that can solve this hemorrhaging injustice in our society. Under the rigorous provisions of the DREAM Act, qualifying undocumented youth would be eligible for a 6 year long conditional path to citizenship that requires completion of a college degree or two years of military service.

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