Washington Today, Friday, December 17, 2010, at 10:00 AM EST, the White House will host an on-the-record conference call with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to discuss the DREAM Act in advance of a Senate vote, why it's important to our nation, and why it's the right thing to do. The DREAM Act establishes a lengthy and rigorous process for young people who grew up in the United States to obtain legal status by either pursuing a higher education or by serving in the U.S. armed forces. The DREAM Act was written by both Republicans and Democrats and has long enjoyed support from both sides of the aisle, passing twice out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan votes. The House approved the DREAM Act last week in a bipartisan vote.
This week, the White House has posted a series of opinion pieces from top Administration Officials on the importance of the DREAM Act on the WhiteHouse.gov blog. Read Education Secretary Arne Duncan's post here, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis's contribution here, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke's post here, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's here, Defense Under Secretary Dr. Clifford L. Stanley's here, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack's post here.
A fact sheet on the DREAM Act is available online on the WhiteHouse.gov blog: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/12/01/get-facts-dream-act
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Cecilia Muñoz
White House Conference Call on the DREAM Act
TODAY, December 17, 2010, at 10:00 AM EST
Reporters who wish to participate should dial (800) 553-0273 and ask to be connected to the "Secretary Duncan DREAM Act Conference Call."