USA: Mapping DREAM Act Online Youth Movements

, by Global Voices

Immigrant high school and university students in the United States have used the internet effectively in building activist networks to support the passing of a law called the DREAM act.

«I have been living in the U.S. for most of my life and now that i have graduated high school i can’t continue my life like i wanted to. If this act is passed i can go to school and study for a great career. I hope congress can make this happen, so thousands of people in my same situation can fufill their dreams.» -Yoammy Cifuentes

More than 19,900 signatures and personal pleas like the one above have been posted so far on the petition website urging the U.S. lawmakers to support a proposed bill called the DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act). If passed, the new law would offer a 6-year path to legalization for undocumented youth who came to the United States before their 16th birthday, graduated from high-school, and have been enrolled in college or the military for more than 2 years. Read more