WEDNESDAY UPDATE: The Senate is now likely to vote on the DREAM Act early next week, but the House of Representatives is likely to vote on it this week. Please take action today!
This is it, DREAM Act supporters! Just this afternoon, US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took the necessary steps to bring the DREAM Act to the floor of the US Senate. The DREAM Act will likely come to vote this Thursday or Friday.
This means that it's crunch time! We have to make sure that our voices are heard before the senators vote on the bill. I joined in on a White House-led conference call this afternoon for DREAM Act supporters. We need 60 votes, and have at least 50. I learned that there are seven Republicans who have voted for the DREAM Act in 2007, who have not indicated how they will vote this time.
We need to call them. Often. You, and everyone you know.
If you live in one of the following states, then please call:
Indiana - Senator Dick Lugar - (202) 224-4814
Kansas - Senator Sam Brownback - (202) 224-6521
Utah - Senator Bob Bennett - (202) 224-5444
Utah - Senator Orrin Hatch - (202) 224-5251
Texas - Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison - 202-224-5922
Maine - Senator Olympia Snowe - (202) 224-5344
Maine - Senator Sue Collins - (202) 224-2523
If you do not live in one of these states then please call your senator anyway, to let them know that Americans support the DREAM Act. You can use the US Congress switchboard phone number; just tell the operator who answers the phone who your US Senators are, and you will be transferred to one of their offices. 202-224-3121.
Also, check out this "take action" tool, and add your name to this Change.org petition.
I joined in on another DREAM Act call this morning. This one had been organized by a coalition of student, labor and immigration reform organizations. The coalition announced that they have made a six-figure media buy, to put this PSA on the radio in targeted states - Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Texas. Awesome!
I can't wait to see the DREAM Act debate on the US Senate floor! For the latest news I recommend these Facebook pages: DNC Youth Council, DREAM Act 2010, Voto Latino, and United We Win.