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December 22, 2010

The coming year for immigration

After the failure of the Dream Act the Obama method of the carrot and stick is called into question. Given that the 2011 US House will be taking a more restrictive approach to immigration President Obama needs to review the stick method. The students who have been good students seek the American Dream. This struggle goes to the heart of what it is to be American. We need to work to have President Obama give us the carrot of President powers to end the destruction of immigrant families and their dream of America.

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December 17, 2010

Final DREAM Vote Set for Saturday

This is our best and last shot for the DREAM Act this Congress - Keep calling Senate offices!

On Thursday night Dec. 16, Senate Majority Leader Reid filed cloture on the Dream Act (H.R. 5281) setting the bill up for the critical "cloture" vote in the Senate expected on Saturday. The Senate will need 60 votes for Dream to move forward. With the House's passage of Dream last week, we are closer than ever to victory!

This is the vote we've all been waiting for. With only days left in the Lame-Duck, there won't be another chance. You must continue making calls and sending emails to all Senators to urge them to vote "yes" on DREAM when the Senate brings it up for a vote. A list of key swing Senate targets is included.

All Offices Should be contacted, but if you live in these states, we REALLY need your support because one of your Senators is a SWING VOTE on DREAM!
ALASKA: Murkowski
KANSAS: Brownback
MAINE: Collins & Snowe
MICHIGAN: Stabenow
OHIO: Voinovich
TEXAS: Hutchison
UTAH: Bennett & Hatch
VIRGINIA: Warner & Webb

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December 15, 2010

CCA & the State of Tennessee Office of Economic Development

The State of Tennessee Office of Economic Development has a history of a close relationship with Corrections Corporation of America. The current CCA Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer Tony Grande joined CCA in 2003. Mr. Grande previously served as Tennessee's Commissioner of Economic and Community Development. The current head of the Office of Economic Development Matt Kisber has sought funding from CCA for a solar start up project. Maybe Tennessee should ask the next commissioner to pledge not to seek employment or investment from CCA.

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December 09, 2010

Dream Act passes House , now onward to the Senate

The House voted to pass the Dream Act which helps children who were brought by their parents to the US and who have graduated high school. This is the American dream in action. Now we need the Senate to pass the bill. Call your senators now

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December 07, 2010

Obama supports Dream Act of cutting taxes

While the dream of legalizing students who went to school and graduated high school goes by the wayside President Obama helps the dream of the wealthy of cutting their taxes. While the present looks bleak this will energize us more towards future success.

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December 01, 2010

Keep Fighting for DREAM

From AILA;

"It is expected that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will file for cloture on the DREAM Act today, setting the bill up for a vote later this week. For those who have been actively tracking DREAM, this is the critical vote that we've been waiting for. Though cloture is technically a procedural hurdle, it will be the deciding vote for the bill in the Senate because it requires 60 votes. Last week, Sen. Durbin (D-IL) introduced two new versions of the bill (S.3962 and S.3963), and Sen. Reid used Rule 14 which allowed the two measures to bypass referral to a committee for debate and mark-up.

With just two days before a vote could happen, now is the time for AILA members to email, call, or even take a trip to your elected member's office and tell him or her how important DREAM is to you. Already AILA has sent more than 3,300 emails to Congress urging passage of DREAM and AgJOBS. If you've already contacted your elected officials, it is important that you do so again given the onslaught of opposition calls that are being made against DREAM that could turn votes against us. If you haven't done so, there's no time like now. Click here for our DREAM action alert.

Does DREAM really have a chance of passing during the lame-duck? At this point, the numbers are too close to call. We anticipate a handful of Senate Democrats will vote against cloture, including Nelson (NE) and Pryor (AR), which means we need at least a handful of Republicans to vote for it. Here are the key Republicans: Murkowski (AK), LeMieux (FL), Lugar (IN), Collins (ME), Snowe (ME), Brown (MA), Gregg (NH) Ensign (NV), Voinovich (OH) Cornyn (TX), Hutchison (TX), Bennett (UT), Hatch (UT).

Now is the time to pull out all the stops and fight especially since the lame-duck is the best opportunity to get any major immigration reform bill done in the near future. A win on DREAM will also give us much-needed momentum to push onwards with reform in the 112th Congress.

Beyond DREAM, the lame-duck will have a packed agenda. Today, the food safety bill passed the Senate, with slight changes from the House passed version. The administration is pushing the Senate to bring up for a vote the nuclear arms reduction treaty, New START. Other items Congress must deal with before the end of the year include whether to extend the Bush-era tax cuts; passing a federal budget or a continuing resolution to keep the government running; and extending long-term unemployment benefits...".


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