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The National Organization for Women

Dec. 6, 2010

Dear NOW leaders,

This week the Senate will vote on an important immigration bill, the DREAM Act, and we are urging NOW's leadership to contact both of their senators and to especially call senators in the key states listed below to ask them to vote yes on this historic bill. I hope that you can make these quick calls to assure that this legislation is adopted. You can find your senator's phone numbers online by simply entering your zip code.

Sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (S.3963) -- also known in the House as the American DREAM Act (H.R. 1751) -- is an extremely important piece of legislation that would help the more than 65,000 immigrant students who graduate from U.S. high schools each year attend institutions of higher learning.

The House version of the DREAM Act is expected to win passage.

By amending the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, the DREAM Act would facilitate immigrant students by allowing states to offer in-state tuition to eligible immigrants. It would also provide a path to citizenship for hardworking young students who were brought to the U.S. as children, and would assist in their pursuit of higher education or military service.

The hardships of being a young immigrant are numerous, and these difficulties often fall disproportionately on young immigrant women. Helping them to advance their education is critically important. That is why it is of utmost importance that we urge these key senators to vote YES on the DREAM Act.

As of now the Senate target list we have includes:
  Alaska - Lisa Murkowski ( R )
  Kansas - Sam Brownback ( R )
  Louisiana - Mary Landrieu ( D )
  Massachusetts - Scott Brown ( R )
  Maine - Susan Collins ( R )
  Maine - Olympia Snowe ( R )
  Missouri - Claire McCaskill ( D )
  Nevada - John Ensign ( R )
  North Carolina - Kay Hagan ( R )
  North Dakota - Kent Conrad ( D )
  North Dakota - Byron Dorgan ( D )
  Ohio - George Voinovich ( R )

Together we can create more substantial and equal opportunities for the young immigrant women of this nation by seeing the DREAM Act become law. Unfortunately, it is not possible for comprehensive immigration reform to move forward at this time. But the DREAM Act is an important first step.

Thanks for all the work you do for NOW.

Terry's signature
Terry O'Neill, President
National Organization for Women

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