Montserrat Garibay is a National Board Certified teacher, a DREAMer ally and an NEA member from Texas who believes that educators should be a strong voice for their students and advocate for common sense immigration reform.
“These students had no say in the matter about being in this country, and now this is where their home is…All they want is a way to become a citizen.”
“These are children, these are human beings, and they long for what we all want. We as educators do whatever we can do to help out students in class, to continue to be here and to be successful.”
Washington teacher speaks about how broken immigration system hurt his student.
Joaquin Luna feared his immigrant status would leave him unable to attend college.
The first-ever hearing on the DREAM Act was held recently and chaired by long-time supporter Sen. Dick Durbin.
Update (12/18/10): The DREAM Act failed to reach the required 60 votes to move on to final passage by a vote of 55 for, 41 against.
This week, fears could be eased if the Senate votes in favor of the DREAM Act, a piece of legislation which would allow young immigrants who are students to apply for U.S. residency after going through a comprehensive six year process.