92URGENT Mn DREAM Act ACTION needed WEDNESDAY
- Apr 18, 2006URGENT ACTION URGENT ACTIONMn DREAM Act Advocates -We share this URGENT, URGENT update and a call to ACTION with you on the DREAMs of Minnesota students.Today (Tuesday, April 18), at 2:30 pm, Governor Pawlenty delivered a letter to Rep. Jim Knoblach (Chair of the Ways and Means Committee) and to the entire Ways and Means Committee members urging them to remove the Mn DREAM Act from the Higher Education Omnibus bill.Around 5:00 pm, when Mn DREAM Act supporters were made aware of this maneuver to kill in-state tuition for undocumented students, a flood of calls where made to mobilize people to the State Office Building and pack the meeting room with students, allies, advocates and community leaders. Indeed, high school and university students came out to support, even a mom and her baby stroller were seen making last minute visits to legislators to ensure positive support for the Mn DREAM Act.And YES - the pressure worked! The Chair of the Committee decided to postpone the discussion of the Higher Education Omnibus bill until tomorrow (Wednesday, April 19), scheduled to begin at 12:30 pm in Room 200 of the State Office Building .Later in the day, Brian McClung (Pawlentyï¿½s spokesperson) said the Governor has not stated whether or not he would veto the in-state tuition bill if it remains as part of the Higher Education Omnibus bill.WE MUST CONTINUE TO PUSH!Now more than ever is your presence and action needed on this issue - we need to heed the call to action and to make yourself present at tomorrowï¿½s Ways and Means committee meeting.Even though the meeting is scheduled for 12:30 pm, it will most likely change during the course of the day, please stay tuned to your email and phone for updates. Also, you can call the Mn Immigrant Freedom Network at 612-310-2186 for constant updates on this schedule or click on the calendar of this website: http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/CALL TO ACTIONCall specific members of the Ways and Means Committee NOW!!ASK THEM TO:- Support the in-state tuition bill- Vote against the move to take out the in-state tuition bill from the Higher Ed. Omnibus billBelow are:- Contact information of specific committee members to call- Talking points that will help you craft your message as you speak to committee membersContact -*all numbers begin with 651 area codeChair: Jim Knoblach (R) 296-6316Vice Chair: Jerry Dempsey (R) 296-8635Jim Abeler (R) 296-1729Rod Hamilton (R) 296-5373Denny McNamara (R) 296-3135Bud Nornes (R) 296-4946Dennis Ozment (R) 296-4306Dan Dorman (R) 296-8216Ron Erhardt (R) 296-4363Bob Gunther (R) 296-3240Barb Sykora (R) 296-4315Connie Ruth (R) 296-5368Ron Abrams (R) 296-9934Talking Points ï¿½1. The Mn DREAM Act has no fiscal note. This means that passing this bill would cost NOTHING to Minnesotans. Instead, if the bill passes, greater revenues for the state would be created in the form of a more professionalized workforce and a higher tax base.2. The Mn DREAM Act has a clause which requires students without lawful immigration status to sign an affidavit stating that they have filed (or will file as soon as possible) an application to obtain legal status. In other words, hard working Minnesota students are doing the best they can to work with an inefficient and outdated immigration system.3. There are no current pending federal court cases regarding DREAM Acts around the nation. The federal court case from Kansas was dismissed; no other cases like this are known.4. The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, representing over 2,600 Minnesota businesses, actively supports the Mn DREAM Act.5. The Mn DREAM Act, if passed, is a law that would apply to ALL students who meet the following requirements:(a) high school attendance within the state for three or more years;(b) graduation from a MN high school or attainment within the state of the equivalent of high school graduation;(c) registration as an entering student at, or current enrollment in, a public institution of higher education;(d) in the case of a student without lawful immigration status, the filing of an affidavit with the institution of higher education stating that the student has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file an application at the earliest opportunity the individual is eligible to do so.
Alondra K. Espejel
Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network
2500 University Avenue, Suite C8
St. Paul, MN 55114
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