MEDIA ADVISORY: Friday event supports DREAM Act as crucial vote nears

As DREAM Act nears crucial vote, North Carolina coalition hosts Friday event in support
NC young people affected by the law, lawmakers, and advocates will be available to the media via conference call tomorrow at 11 a.m.
 
RALEIGH (Dec. 17) -- With the DREAM Act potentially up for a vote as early as Monday or Tuesday, a broad North Carolina coalition will gather tomorrow to support its passage.
 
In a press conference for media members, young people directly affected by the legislation, a North Carolina state representative, and the president of the NC NAACP will offer remarks and be available for comment tomorrow, Friday Dec. 17, at 11 a.m.
 
Reporters should call in to 800-894-5910 or 785-424-1052 and use Conference ID: DREAM.
 
Confirmed speakers who will also be available for questions include:
 
  • State Rep. Paul Leubke
  • Felipe Matos, a "Trail of Dreams" participant who walked 1,500 miles in support of the DREAM Act (http://www.trail2010.org/about/)
  • Two North Carolina students (Martin, from Yadkin County, and Sianneth, from Mecklenburg County) affected by the DREAM Act
  • Rev. William Barber, NAACP-NC
 
The DREAM Act, a bill passed by the U.S. House Wednesday night and headed to the U.S. Senate, would allow certain young undocumented people who want to contribute to America have a path to citizenship. Thousands of young people in North Carolina will be impacted by this common-sense legislation.
 
The DREAM Act - which stands for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act - has several requirements. A person must have entered the country before the age of 16; graduated high school or obtained a GED; have good moral character with no criminal record; and have at least five years of continuous presence in the U.S.
 
If someone meets those criteria, the DREAM Act would provide a window for them to either attend college towards obtaining a degree or complete at least two years of military service. If all of these conditions are met, the person would have the opportunity to adjust their conditional permanent residency status eventually to U.S. Citizenship.
 
The call is hosted by the Adelante Education Coalition and the NC NAACP.
 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Irene Godínez, Adelante Coalition and Field Director, NC Equals Project, Latin American Coalition, 919-627-7511, igodinez@latinamericancoalition.org; Jeff Shaw, Director of Communications, NC Justice Center, jeff@ncjustice.org, 503.551.3615.