the Little Rock Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol Building. Manuel Mendez, a student activist spoke in favor of the DREAM Act.
At lunch, attendees participated on a State leaders panel discussion titled “Where Are We Going?” Panelist included State Senator Joyce Elliott, State Representative Greg Leding, Dr. Joel Anderson, Chancellor, University of Arkansas Little Rock and Reverend Stephen Copley, Arkansas Interfaith Alliance. The Panelist braze the crowd with statements of the importance to elevate all Arkansas to college education status.
The Arkansas DREAM Act State Summit Organizing Partners included, Arkansas Coalition for the DREAM (AC4D), Arkansas United Community Coalition (AUCC), Arkansas Public Policy Panel (APPP), Arkansas Interfaith Alliance, Arkansas Natural DREAMers, the Office of the Chancellor, University of Arkansas and Just Communities of Arkansas.
At least 65,000 undocumented immigrant youth graduate from high schools every year, and many of them struggle to attend institutes of higher education and volunteer to the military.
The DREAM Act will grant youth who traveled to the United States before the age of 16 a path to citizenship contingent on continuous presence in the country, good behavior, and the attainment of at least a two-year university degree or a two-year commitment to the armed forces.
Most of the students have lived in the United States from a young age and consider themselves Americans. They are attending "classes" at what organizers have dubbed the "Dream University," meeting with legislators, and, in a notable shift from previous years, giving out their full names and personal histories.
The DREAM Act is the critical first increment in a longer process of immigration reform. According to recent surveys by First Focus, 70% of the American public supports the DREAM
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