This just released by the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP:

Immediate Release

8 December 2010

Contact: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

Mrs. Amina J. Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700

Al McSurely, Esq., Communications Press & Publicity Chair, 919-389-2905

NC NAACP CALLS ON SEN BURR & SEN HAGAN TO SUPPORT THE DREAM ACT

The North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP is calling for its membership and leadership to call upon members of Congress to support the DREAM ACT.  NC NAACP stands with the National NAACP position that seeks passage of the DREAM ACT.  NC NAACP has sent letters to United States Senators Burr and Hagan urging them to vote YES on the DREAM ACT.

State NAACP President, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II stated his full support for the DREAM Act as one step towards immigration reform.  “We need to allow young people brought to our country by their parents a chance to dream about becoming a doctor, a soldier, a teacher—a contributing citizen.  This act will benefit not only them, but provide a path for citizenship through their hard work and strength of character; thus building a stronger North Carolina and a stronger America.”

Amina Turner, Executive Director added, “We must remember that we are a nation of immigrants—strangers in a new land who pursued deep dreams of achievement and excellence.  A new generation has arrived and we must give them to tools to succeed as contributing fellow citizens in our state and nation.  The Dream Act is such a tool.”

If enacted, the DREAM Act will allow tens of thousands of young people – people who have worked hard, integrated themselves into the American culture and into American communities and stayed away from trouble – to fulfill their dream and the dreams of their parents and to achieve legal status. This in turn will allow them to go to college or serve in the US military. The DREAM Act symbolizes what America is meant to be all about – it rewards hard work and a commitment to the community with the opportunities and promises of America.

There are still too many young men and women who are preparing to go into their future with too much uncertainty. At a time when they should be celebrating and looking towards an exciting future full of promise and hope, they are instead faced with limitations due entirely to a broken immigration system that does not care, frankly, if they are an honor student, a star athlete, a member of the state champion debating team, or a typical student who has worked hard and stayed out of trouble. The DREAM Act would change that, and reward these young men and women for their hard work and their strength of character which has guided them to this point in their lives.

The DREAM Act is good for our economy, our security, and our nation. It’s limited, targeted legislation that will allow only the best and brightest young people to earn their legal status after a rigorous and lengthy process, and applies to those brought to the United States as minors by their parents, and who know no other home.

Therefore, NC NAACP strongly urges that Congress allow these young men and women to celebrate their accomplishments, contributions and their outstanding behavior by beginning the clear process of becoming documented.

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