For Planning Purposes Only: Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Immigration and DREAM Act Leaders to Kick-Off National Week of Action
Major developments this week in the fight for DREAM, immigration reform
WHAT: Press conference featuring immigration reform and DREAM Act leaders
WHEN: Thursday, September 16, 2010, 11 a.m. EST
WHERE: Center for Community Change, 1536 U St. NW, Washington, DC
Toll free call-in number (listen-only mode) 1-866-910-4857 Passcode: 4208182#
WHO: Carlos Saavedra, United We DREAM Coalition – moderator
Angie Kelley, vice president for immigration policy and advocacy, Center for American Progress
Pramila Jayapal, founder and executive director, OneAmerica
Lindsay McCluskey, president of US Student Association
Yahaira Carrilo, The DREAM is coming
Felipe Matos, Trail of DREAMs
Tomorrow, September 16 at 11 a.m. EST, key youth and national leaders of the immigration reform movement will gather at a press conference to announce the national kick-off of a week of action to support the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform legislation. They will also discuss nationwide efforts to mobilize pro-immigrant voters to pressure lawmakers to take action on immigration reform measures like DREAM.
The press conference comes after a series of major developments in the effort to pass reform. On Tuesday, September 14, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced plans for a vote on the DREAM Act as part of Department of Defense authorization bill. On Wednesday, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus called for action on the DREAM Act and immigration reform, President Obama pledged to work hard for the DREAM Act and New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez announced that he will introduce comprehensive immigration reform legislation,. And on Thursday, the CHC is meeting with President Obama on Thursday to discuss a strategy to win passage of the Dream Act.
This press conference will be an opportunity to ask leaders of the DREAM movement and immigration experts about the significance of these developments and how groups are mobilizing to press Congress.