Youth group renews fight for Dream Act

Posted at 09/02/2009 2:05 AM | Updated as of 08/04/2010 8:29 PM

CHICAGO—Members of the group Fighting Youth Shouting out for Humanity, or FYSH,  are trying to bring the public’s attention back to the Dream Act.  Dressed in colorful shirts with the phrase “Got DREAM?” printed on the front, the group rallied on a warm Chicago day for the ignored immigration bill.
 
If passed, the Dream Act would give undocumented students an opportunity to go to collge and gain  legal status.

Chan Kho Kim, a Korean immigrant and member of FYSH, says the Dream Act has been placed on Congress’s backburner after it turned its attention to the economic recession.

“That’s why we need to do something like this to speak out and make sure that they don’t forget about us, they don’t forget about what’s important,” Kim said.
 
“Mike” came to the U.S. with his family 5 years ago.  He is one of about 65,000 undocumented students who graduate from high school each year.  He wants to become a shoe designer some day,… but Mike says, it’s an almost impossible dream without the Dream Act.   

“Tuition fee is really high, but I cannot go on any financial aid or student loan because I don’t have a Social Security number,” Mike said.
 
Tiffany Monreal of FYSH says there is still hope for students like Mike.  FYSH is organizing the Dreamathon, a 2.4 km walk to benefit FYSH’s own Dream Scholarship.

“It’s about raising money,” Monreal said. “For the Dreams Scholarship that FYSH started, we recently awarded two students to help relieve their college tuition costs.”
 
FYSH is also sending out hand-crafted pillows, illustrated with dreams like graduating college and starting new careers, to legislators to remind them of the Dream Act.  Monreal calls on other young students like her to join FYSH’s pillow campaign.

“If you have one voice shouting out, it’s powerful, but if you have a million voices all across the United States, it’s unstoppable,” Monreal said.