By Domenic Powell

Today you have a simple mission: call Kay Hagan and tell her to vote for the DREAM Act.

As you may know, there will be a cloture vote on the DREAM Act in the coming days, possibly even tomorrow. Between now and whenever it comes we need to make as many calls as possible to make it happen. If you have time, write a Letter to the Editor for your local newspaper encouraging others to call. Tell your neighbors, family, friends, co-workers, fellow students, members of your religious congregation—anyone and everyone—to do the same. Right now we need it.

Before I get carried away, here’s the number to call: 1-866-587-3023. You can also call the D.C. office of Senator Kay Hagan at (202) 224-6342.

What you may not know is that the DREAM Act, being brought forth to vote on as S. 3992, has undergone some changes in the spirit of compromise, which is pure politics, considering all of the past GOP co-sponsors. But putting all of that aside, the most important thing you can do right now is call.

These are the most significant changes: instead of the previous six-year waiting period, DREAM Act applicants must now undergo a more punitive 10-year wait before becoming Legal Permanent Residents. The new bill also more specifically lays out the application requirements such as submission to biometric databases and removes the states’ right to decide residency on its own. Part of the Act would have returned this right to the states, but certain elements in the Senate would like to keep this power all to itself. The age cap has also been reduced from 35 to 30.

Those changes don’t negate the fact that the DREAM Act would change the lives of thousands of young people in our state alone. They would suddenly have the power to pursue higher education, join the military and play a fuller role in the public life and economy of our state.

These days it has become popular to believe that our Constitution’s call to form a more perfect union is achieved atavistically. It’s not—our union is stronger because of its march forever forward toward a more just and inclusive democracy. Help make that happen today.

1-866-587-3023

(202) 224-6342

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