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Economic Benefits of Earned Path to Citizenship

April 05, 2013

The Dream is Now Campaign Releases New Video Highlighting Economic Benefits of Earned Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Youth

Video Produced by Davis Guggenheim Features Undocumented UC Berkeley Math Club President Who Has Been Accepted to Yale University for Graduate School

Palo Alto, CA – The Dream is Now (www.thedreamisnow.org) campaign today released a new video directed by Davis Guggenheim ("Waiting for Superman" and "An Inconvenient Truth") that features undocumented University of California, Berkeley math student Terrence Park breaking down the economic benefits of an earned path to citizenship for undocumented youth. Park, who was recently accepted to Yale University for graduate school, breaks down the economic implications behind passing the Dream Act, including an estimated $329 billion dollar impact on the U.S. economy, and explains the challenges he faces as an undocumented student.

The Dream is Now is a partnership formed by filmmaker Davis Guggenheim and Laurene Powell Jobs, chair of Emerson Collective and founder of national after school program College Track, to provide supporters of the Dream Act with a platform to voice their support for an earned path to citizenship for undocumented youth. The campaign web site allows individuals from around the country—documented and undocumented alike—to tell their own stories in writing or through video and to sign a petition affirming their support for the principles of the Dream Act. During Spring 2013, the campaign will release a 30 minute documentary directed by Guggenheim featuring many of the stories submitted to the campaign in an effort to show Congress that an earned path to citizenship is the right thing to do for our country’s economic future.

The video can be seen at http://www.thedreamisnow.org/.

The video features undergraduate student Terrance Park, President of the UC Berkeley Math Club, who has been accepted into a graduate degree program in Biostatistics at Yale University’s School of Public Health. If Congress passes immigration reform legislation that includes a path to citizenship for students like Terrence, he will pursue his career aspiration of using mathematics and statistics to improve people's lives by creating healthier communities. If Congress doesn't pass legislation in time for him to, Terrance likely will work at a restaurant.

Terrence says, "I am hopeful that Congress will act quickly to pass legislation that will provide an earned path to citizenship for people like me, law-abiding undocumented immigrants who work hard and contribute back to our communities. By sharing my story, I hope that others will step forward and join the Dream is Now campaign so that we can show Congress how critical it is for them to move quickly on immigration reform."

University of California, Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau added, "At Cal, I've seen first-hand the incredible potential students like Terrence have to contribute to the economy and make our communities better places.  Our country cannot afford to waste one single talented person like Terrence which is why policymakers in Washington, DC need to pass federal legislation that will once and for all provide an earned path to citizenship for undocumented youth.” 

To schedule an interview with UC Berkeley student Terrence Park and to learn more about the Dream is Now campaign, please contact Lisa Cohen at lisa@lisacohen.org or 310-395-2544.