Realizing the American Dream Act supported by ACORN, Allies

Realizing the American Dream Act supported by ACORN, Allies



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Washington, DC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – US Newswire)–May 3, 2004–A true path to citizenship for millions of hard-working immigrants may finally become a reality. ACORN members will join allies in the labor movement, the faith-based community, and others to support the Realizing the American Dream (READ) act that will offer just this. Rallies will be held in New Mexico, Arizona, New York, Rhode Island, Florida, Texas, New Jersey and Connecticut

The legislation will be introduced today in the United States Senate by Edward Kennedy (D-MA). Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Rep. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) are sponsoring the bill in the House of Representatives. “The current immigration system is broken,” said ACORN National President Maude Hurd. “The new law will help reunite families and let immigrants like me become a full part of American life.”

The bill will help end the family separation caused by bureaucratic backlogs, give immigrants who work hard and play by the rules a path to citizenship, and create a worker visa program that will provide strong labor protections. By creating a legal path for those who come here to work and raise their families, it will help reduce illegal immigration.

ACORN leaders urged Congress to take a first step towards fixing our broken immigration system by passing two bills already introduced, the DREAM Act, to allow immigrant high school students to attend college or serve in the military and gain citizenship over time, and the AgJobs bill, to allow farm workers to earn legal residency.

ACORN is the nation’s largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families, with over 150,000 member families organized into 700 neighborhood chapters in 60 cities across the country. Since 1970 ACORN has taken action and won victories on issues of concern to our members. Our priorities include: better housing for first time homebuyers and tenants, living wages for low-wage workers, more investment in our communities from banks and governments, and better public schools. We achieve these goals by building community organizations that have the power to win changes — through direct action, negotiation, legislation, and voter participation. ACORN is an acronym, and each letter should be capitalized. ACORN stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

ACORN’s website is at http://www.acorn.org. To receive updates on ACORN’s work every two weeks go to http://acorn.org/getinvolved

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CONTACT:

Allison Conyers

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Realizing the American Dream Act supported by ACORN, Allies