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Weekly Diaspora: The DREAM Act is Back--and So Are the Death Eaters

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Editor's Note: Happy Thanksgiving from the Media Consortium! This week, we aren't stopping The Audit, The Pulse, The Diaspora, or The Mulch, but we are taking a bit of a break. Expect shorter blog posts, and The Diaspora and The Mulch will be posted on Wednesday afternoon, instead of their usual Thursday and Friday postings. We'll return to our normal schedule next week.

by Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger

With the DREAM Act back on the table--and a vote likely early next week--advocates of the bill have precious little time to sway undecided senators. Accordingly, a determined movement of DREAMers will be mobilizing through the Thanksgiving recess, urging the passage of a bill that would provide a path to citizenship for scores of undocumented college students and military recruits.

Catalina Jaramillo at Feet in Two Worlds notes that the bill is in remarkably good shape leading up to the congressional session that will decide its fate. In addition to boasting strong bipartisan support, it's benefiting from the renewed attentions of both Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (R-NV). It appears the road-weary bill is nearing its pivotal moment.

In celebration of that, here are a few ways to make the DREAM Act part of your holiday festivities:

  • For those of you who want to spend the Thanksgiving break supporting the cause, Braden Goyette at Campus Progress has a list of senators on the fence, as well as some pretty good reasons that you should count the DREAM Act's imminent passage among your blessings this year. Noting that the bill is already supported by 70 percent of Americans, she adds that "passing the DREAM Act will generate $3.6 trillion for the U.S. economy over the next forty years" by bringing millions of upstanding, talented youth into the nation's workforce.
  • Enlightened moviegoers planning to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I after holiday dinner this week may notice some eerie similarities between the Ministry of Magic's vitriolic anti-muggle rhetoric and real life anti-immigrant discourse. Well, New America Media's Sandip Roy takes that "coincidence" to the next logical level--suggesting that Harry Potter and his heroic underage cohort are doing what DREAM Act kids have been doing for years: taking a dark battle for human rights into their own young hands.
  • Finally, if you're interested in learning more about the socio-historical aspects of the anti-immigrant political climate, Roberto Cintli Rodriguez, writing for Truthout, has a few suggestions for your holiday wishlist. "A Decade of Betrayal" by Francisco Balderrama and Raymond Rodriguez is a particularly useful reminder that, just as immigrant community leaders were unjustly persecuted during times of economic crisis a century ago, so are the families of outspoken DREAM activists increasingly the target of federal immigration investigations.

Though not writing about Thanksgiving in particular, Rodriguez's conclusion is nevertheless appropriate for a holiday with such a dark past. Referring to the raging immigration crisis, he writes: "Politically, this is all about the clash of civilizations; one civilization indigenous to this continent, the other seemingly hell-bent on continuing the policies of manifest destiny."

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