This afternoon, former immigration lawyer and current LEV Board Member Steve Miller spoke in support of the Washington DREAM Act at a rally hosted by LEV partner One America. Read the text of his speech below:
The Founders of the Washington State government had a vision for us.
It is embedded in section 1 of Article 9 of our Washington State Constitution:
It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders without distinction or preference on account of race, color caste or sex.
Allowing Dream Act kids to be eligible for state need grant for higher ed in this state falls squarely within the intentions and vision of this state’s founders.
These students are not foreign students, but children residing within our borders, children who have grown up in Washington, have gone to school here, graduated from here and have their homes here. Many know no other home.
We are in a major battle in the other Washington to confront the broken immigration system in this country that has resulted in the Dreamers’ current status as members of a caste imprisoned in a Kafkaesque limbo.
We in THIS Washington should do what we can now to fulfill the vision of our state founders to make today’s needed education, which does not end at high school, available for all children residing within our borders without distinction on the basis of race, color, caste or sex.
We need to support the future of these children. Making higher ed. available to low income Dreamers keeps faith with our past and invests in our future.