by John Stocks, center stage above, executive director, National Education Association
As educators, we have witnessed for far too long the impact the current immigration system has had on our students, their families, and our communities.
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Tuesday, I was compelled to do something I’ve done only on rare occasions — commit an act of peaceful civil disobedience.
I submitted to arrest on the National Mall, along with more than 200 leaders from the faith community, labor and civil rights organizations from across the country, as well as eight members of Congress, to demand a vote on comprehensive immigration reform.
I was moved to act because our dysfunctional immigration system is breaking up families and disrupting the education of too many young people.
Yesterday, I stood with Daisy, Katherine, Steven and Angel — children whose parents are either in jail awaiting deportation or who have already been deported.
I was also moved to act by David.
I met David, an aspiring American, this summer. He was born in Bolivia. At a young age, he witnessed his grandmother’s battle with cancer and decided that he wanted to become a doctor. David moved to the United States without his parents, enrolled himself in school, and worked while going through high school. But he realized he couldn’t pursue his DREAM because of his legal status. Then one day he met a teacher who inspired him and challenged him to pursue his dream despite his status.
Because his teacher showed the care, love and dedication that educators display day in and day out, David graduated at the top of his class.
Today, he attends an Ivy League School on a full scholarship.
This is why educators are in this fight. We want ALL of our students to be able to pursue their dreams. They deserve the opportunity.
The U.S. House of Representatives holds the key to open the door for aspiring Americans like David.
Our DREAMers deserve a vote.
Will you join me to demand a vote in the House of Representatives? Call your Representative today at 1-866-632-6057.