June 22, 2007

Dreams Across America Tour Concludes with the Sharing of Stories with Congress

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, June 20, 100 “Dreamers” took part in a press conference aimed at updating the public on their efforts to put a human face on the immigration debate in Washington. Through dozens of legislative appointments that will take place that day, Dreamers will not only share their stories with legislators, but will urge them to create immigration laws that build bridges to help all Americans achieve their dreams.

On Monday, June 18, via a cross country tour that included stops in cities such as Chicago, Miami, New York, Philadelphia and San Antonio, 100 “Dreamers” from across the country met in Washington, D.C. to begin the final phase of the Dreams Across America Tour. The tour kicked-off on a train from Los Angeles on June 13. Just days later, three more trains originating from Miami, Boston, Richmond, and Virginia joined the tour.

These Dreamers are seeking to humanize the issue of immigration and the broken policies that have real impact on the lives of families, students, and all Americans. The Dreamers seek to dispel the myths and misconceptions spread to Americans by sharing their compelling stories. The Dreamers seek to reinforce what still holds true today - no matter our backgrounds, immigrant or native born, we all cherish the values that make this country prosper. However, only by working together to address our nation’s broken immigration laws, can we continue to achieve and live the American dream.

The Dreamers are here to express the urgency for Congress to pass the types of reforms that fix our system and allow all Americans to pursue their dreams - such as graduating from college, reuniting with family, and living in peace with full protections and legal status.

All Americans have the opportunity to become virtual participants in this effort by “Getting on the Train” through the organization’s Web site http://www.dreamsacrossamericaonline.org .This innovative site not only allows visitors to virtually join the train tour by signing a petition, but also enables them to share their own immigrant stories through text or video submission.

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