The Dream Act

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Sweet DREAMers Chapter One

Blaine Anderson/Kurt Hummel AU AO3
Rating: M
Word Count: 2545 Chapter 1/29
Huge thanks to my beta, flowerfan

Blaine Anderson is a business major at Baruch College of the City University of New York (CUNY).  Blaine came to the United States from the Philippines on a tourist visa with his mom when he was three years old and since then, has lived in Woodside, Queens with his mom and cousin Marco. As a gay, undocumented student, he has the questionable good fortune to belong to two marginalized populations.  One day, while at his part-time job at a book store, Blaine meets Kurt Hummel, a theatre major from Ohio attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and begins a tentative friendship. Before it has the chance to bloom into more, Blaine’s immigration status is revealed, creating issues for both of them.

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CHAPTER ONE
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 Sunday, August 31, 2014

He was startled awake, blinded by the sudden brightness of the flashlight in his eyes.

 A gruff male voice asked “Are you a U.S. citizen?”

He struggled to straighten up in the bus seat, rubbing his face as he did so.  A glance at his watch showed it was just past 2:00 a.m. He blinked and stared at the man in front of him, noticing the “US Border Patrol” badge on his dark uniform. He could hear murmurs of conversations throughout the bus with the question “are you a U.S. citizen?” repeated, being spoken by several people in uniform moving through the aisle.

The same man spoke again. “Stateyour citizenship for me, please.  What country were you born in?”

“I’m from the Philippines. What’s wrong?”

“Please show me proof of citizenship.”

He froze in his seat and tried to focus.  What did he have with him?  He had his federal work authorization card in his wallet. But did that show his citizenship? “What kind of proof do you want?”

 “You can show me your passport.”

 “I don’t have a passport with me. I have my work authorization card.”

 “A work permit by itself is not proof of legal status or citizenship. Please stand up and come with me.  Take your belongings with you.”

This can’t be happening was the only thought running through his head as he struggled to his feet.  He ran his shaking hands through his curly hair, desperately trying to focus. His heart was racing.  He was so scared. Somehow he stood up, grabbed his messenger bag that had been in his lap, took his backpack from the overhead rack and followed the officer off the bus, stepping around several other officers standing in the aisle. He felt the eyes of all the other passengers on him and he cringed, embarrassed and ashamed.  He felt like some kind of criminal. What had he done wrong? Where were they taking him? He was in a bus station, but where? He glanced around quickly and saw the sign “Welcome to Rochester.” So, the bus had only reached the next stop after departing from Buffalo. Even though the evening had been cool, the air was damp and heavy inside the bus station. Suddenly, he felt his arm being grabbed and his backpack and messenger bag pulled off his shoulders.  “I need you to stand over here, and extend your arms.”  He thought he would faint as the first officer felt around his arms, legs and body, removing his wallet and cell phone from his pockets. “Place one hand behind your back.”  He did so, and felt metal surround his wrist. “Now the other hand.”  Both hands were now secured behind him. A wave of nausea hit him, and he lowered his head and took several deep breaths. Another officer with a clipboard walked up to him. “Your name?” he asked.

He could barely form the words. “Blaine Anderson.”

Keep reading

The only Dream Act worth passing is simple. It tells high schoolers who want to make something of themselves, for the good of the country, to go ahead. Join the military or go to college and take your place as full-fledged citizens in the only country you know. That Republicans reject this shows how far they have strayed from American ideals of assimilation and welcome.
It’s up to us…to send a message…when they crush our dream, we are here to bring the blood…If you really want the Dream Act, we have to stop the games and the b.s. talk…You know what b.s. means, it’s not a bachelor’s degree of science.
—  New York State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, organizer of the Somos El Futuro conference
time.com
Dulce Matuz, a DREAMer and undocumented student, makes Time Magazine's 2012 100 most influential people

An undocumented Latina confronted with legal barriers to pursuing her engineering dream, she chose to fight for the right to contribute to the country she has called home since she was young.

As president of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, Dulce promotes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who, like her, were brought to the U.S. before they were 16, attend college or serve in the military and are of good moral character.

Dulce takes on powerful opponents with grace and conviction, saying, “We are Americans, and Americans don’t give up.”

Read more at Time.com.

politico.com
Sanders gets primetime speaking slot at Democratic National Convention
Other speakers include Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Obama, Biden and DREAMer Astrid Silva. By DANIEL STRAUSS

Sen. Bernie Sanders, former President Bill Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton will all get major speaking slots at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in late July.

Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Convention Committee announced its list of prime-time speakers on Friday, and each of the four nights feature two major speakers.

In a move meant to portray party unity, Sanders is scheduled to speak on Monday alongside First Lady Michelle Obama and Astrid Silva, a prominent immigration reform activist. The theme of that night is “United Together.”

Read more here

Students paying out-of-state tuition attending California schools filed a lawsuit in the Yolo County State Superior Court (Martinez v. Regents, No. CV 05-2064), claiming that education officials violated the IIRIRA by offering in-state tuition to unauthorized immigrant students while continuing to charge U.S. citizens out-of-state tuition rates. The complaint was filed against the University of California, California State University, and state community college systems, who offered in-state tuition to unauthorized immigrant students following Assembly Bill 540, enacted in October 2001. On October 6, 2006, Judge Thomas E. Warriner upheld the schools’ decision to grant eligibility to unauthorized immigrant students for in-state tuition. In September, 2008, a California appeals court reinstated the lawsuit and returned it for consideration in Yolo County Superior Court. In November, 2010, the California Supreme Court upheld the state’s method for providing in-state tuition to unauthorized immigrant students and ruled it did not conflict with federal law. An appeal was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court. On June 6, 2011, the Supreme Court declined to review the ruling.
—  This actually makes me rage. If the undocumented immigrant resides in-state and qualifies for the Dream Act (which requires five years of residence in the US prior to enactment of the act), then who the hell are you to try and hike their tuition?

I’ve been waiting on my homie to release his album for the longest. I mean, I already have a copy but I can’t share any of it with you guys until he releases it officially. You don’t even know man..

It’s important because it represents one of the most important arenas in the ongoing struggle for civil rights in this country and particularly for those of us who have a history of struggling for civil rights—I’m speaking very specifically about the African-American community—it is our responsibility to support.
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Angela Davis on the Dream Act

The media deems it a “Latino” issue, but it’s not. It’s a moral one. And we have an obligation to demand it.