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How to Immediately Support the DREAM Act

Created: 20 September, 2010
Updated: 20 April, 2022
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National Council of La Raza (September 17, 2010) 

Two important votes will be happening starting next week. Below you will find information about the timing of these votes and the members of Congress that need to hear from you. 

ACTION #1: Winning the Motion to Proceed to Department of Defense bill 

The first hurdle we have to overcome is winning the vote on the Motion to Proceed (MTP) to the

Department of Defense (DoD) Authorization Bill for Fiscal Year 2011. This is a must-win vote to get to a vote on the DREAM Act. The vote will be on Tuesday, September 21st at 2:15pm (EST); 60 votes are needed. 

Between now and 2pm on Tuesday, please urge these Senators to VOTE YES on the Motion to Proceed: 

OH Voinovich (R)
MA Brown (R)
ME Collins (R)
VA Webb (D)
NE Nelson (D) 

ACTION #2: Winning the vote to add DREAM Act to DoD 

If the Motion to Proceed vote succeeds, amendments to the Defense bill will be considered on Wednesday. The vote to add the DREAM Act as an amendment to the Defense bill could happen as early as Wednesday, but could carry over into the following week, depending on the order of amendments to the bill: 60 votes are needed. 

Between Tuesday and Friday, please call and urge these Senators to VOTE YES on the DREAM Act: 

OH Voinovich (R)
FL LeMieux (R)
MA Brown (R)
ME Snowe (R), Collins (R)
UT Bennet (R), Hatch (R)
KS Brownback (R)
LA Landrieu (D)
NC Hagan (D)
AR Pryor (D)
MO McCaskill (D)
ND Dorgan (D), Conrad (D) 

For questions, background materials or talking points on the DREAM Act, please contact:
Laura Vazquez, NCLR Immigration Legislative Analyst, 202-776-1563,


The DREAM Act (S. 729) is bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) and has 40 co-sponsors. It has also been introduced in the House by Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA), Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA). The DREAM Act would permit certain immigrant students who have grown up in the U.S. to apply for temporary legal status and to eventually obtain permanent status and become eligible for U.S. citizenship if they go to college or serve in the U.S. military; and would eliminate a federal provision that penalizes states that provide in-state tuition without regard to immigration status. To be eligible, students must have come here when they were 15 years old or younger, have lived in the U.S. for at least five years, graduated from a U.S. high school or obtained a GED, be under 35 years of age, and have good moral character and not committed any crimes that make them inadmissible under general immigration laws. 

Emailing/Calling Key Senators on the DREAM Act
League of United Latin American Citizens (September 16, 2010) 

First push these three Republican Senators for defense authorization cloture vote scheduled for 9/21/10

State    Senators           Education Staffer          Immigration Staffer      

Maine (ME)
Snowe, Olympia
Collins, Susan

Massachusetts (MA)   
Brown, Scott

Second urge the following senators to support the Dream Act Amendment vote scheduled for 9/23/10  

Indiana (IN)
Lugar, Richard

Ohio (OH)
Voinovich, George

Florida (FL)
LeMieux, George

Massachusetts (MA)
Brown, Scott

Kansas (KS)
Brownback, Sam

Alaska (AK)
Murkowski, Lisa

New Hampshire (NH) 
Gregg, Judd


Louisiana (LA)
Landrieu, Mary

North Carolina (NC)
Hagan, Kay

Arkansas (AR)
Pryor, Mark

Missouri (MO)
McCaskill, Claire

North Dakota (ND)
Dorgan, Byron

North Dakota (ND)
Conrad, Kent

Washington (WA)
Murray, Patty

Wisconsin (WI)
Feingold, Russell

Third lite up the following Senators who have said they will oppose when they should have supported    

Arizona (AZ)
McCain, John

Utah (UT)
Bennett, Robert

Hatch, Orrin