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Historic Bipartisan Immigration Bill

April 17, 2013

The Dream is Now Campaign Releases Statement on Historic Bipartisan Immigration Bill

Silicon Valley, CA --The Dream is Now campaign released the following statement in response to the immigration reform legislation introduced this week in Washington, DC.

“The Dream Is Now campaign applauds the hard work of eight Senators who have come together to introduce this historic bipartisan immigration bill.  This bill aims to fix our broken immigration system and allow America to benefit from the full potential of hardworking immigrants.  Congress should move swiftly to pass these common sense reforms. We are especially pleased that the proposal offers Dreamers and their families a path to citizenship so that they can contribute even more to American society.”

Recognizing the unique circumstance of immigrants brought here as children, the Dream is Now is especially pleased that the bipartisan proposal includes the following key provisions:

--Youth who arrived before the age of 16 and who have completed High School in the U.S. may register for Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) status

--No age cap for Dreamers because the important issue is the age of entry not the age the person is now

--Dreamers in RPI status can apply for a green card after 5 years and then immediately apply for citizenship

--No additional fines for young immigrants

This week, the Dream is Now released a 30-minute documentary by Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim (“Inconvenient Truth” and “Waiting for Superman”) that shares the stories of undocumented youth and their families who are desperate to earn their citizenship in the only country they've ever called home, the United States of America. The 30-minute film, which was screened in Washington, DC earlier this month, was created to keep the focus on Congress to pass common sense immigration reform. On April 19, “Immigration Day of Action,” the film will be screened in 90 locations, including at least one in every state. To learn more about The Dream is Now, visit www.thedreamisnow.org.