Friday, July 30, 2004

Tennessee advocates campaign for immigrant college opportunity

"Some think the solution lies in The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM). The DREAM Act, sponsored by Sen. Orin Hatch (R-Utah), proposes granting a six-year conditional permanent resident status to alien minors who entered the U.S. before age 16, lived in the country at least five years and have no criminal or deportation record."

"The bill has yet to make the top of the Senate agenda, but the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) has already launched its support campaign, working with area students and activists to meet with representatives of senators Bill Frist and Lamar Alexander, and collecting a 6,000-signature petition lobbying for the bill."

"'Our goal is to get as many people as possible to know about these student's stories,' said David Lubell, TIRRC state coordinator."

Nashville City Paper

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