DREAM Act/In-State Tuition for Undocumented Youth

Whereas, The AFL-CIO and other labor, education, civil rights, and advocacy groups have endorsed the DREAM Act, a piece of federal legislation that would provide hardworking immigrant students a fair path to legal status; and

Whereas, many children grow up in the United States, attend local schools and demonstrate a sustained commitment to succeed in public school and beyond by contributing to society; and

Whereas, there are currently no immigration laws that provide a path for qualified students to become legal citizens; and

Whereas, in the absence of federal law, many states have passed laws to provide access to an affordable education by allowing these youths to attend college at in-state tuition rates; and

Whereas, in-state tuition bills are balanced measures that benefit immigrant children who were brought to the United States by their parents through no fault of their own, live in our communities and attend our public schools; and

Whereas, we all must live with the consequences of whether these youths are provided with hope for the future; and

Whereas, there is strong opposition by extreme right-wing groups that threaten in-state tuition laws in several states

Therefore be it resolved that the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) will stand with the Labor Movement to defeat proposals that threaten in-state tuition laws and the DREAM Act; and

Be it further resolved, that AFSA will continue to support in-state tuition laws but continue to urge Congress to pass the DREAM Act