In two separate events on Wednesday, October 3rd and Friday, October 5th, UNM students joined by community allies marked UNM Dream WEEK 2012 with protests in support of the DREAM Act and immigrant rights. The rally and march on Friday also kicked off Amnesty International’s Change Our World Human Rights Conference and Training at UNM. Amnesty International USA’s Immigrants’ Rights are Human Rights Campaign works for changes at the state and national levels to ensure that the human rights of immigrants in the United States are respected, protected and fulfilled.
The DREAM Act supporters marched for about a half hour along the sidewalks on Central Avenue, from UNM to Nob Hill and back to UNM. As one of the world’s leading human rights organizations, Amnesty International “stands in solidarity with the DREAM coalitions and supports the DREAM Act because it protects and promotes human rights, including the right to education, the right to be free from discrimination, and the right to family life and unity.”
“Currently, there are between 1 million to 2.1 million minors in the United States who are subject to deportation because their parents brought them to the U.S. without legal permission as children. Higher education is very often foreclosed to them due to federal law that excludes undocumented students from in-state tuition – even when they have lived all of their lives in that state. Without in-state tuition, young immigrants and their families often cannot afford higher education. Even if a young immigrant finds a way to pay for college, his or her post-graduation job prospects are often seriously limited due to immigration status. Many of these students live in constant fear of detention and deportation from the immigration authorities,” says Amnesty International.
“Education is a human right, and an indispensable means of realizing other human rights. All children, without discrimination of any kind, including on the basis of their status or the status of their parents, have a right to education as guaranteed under the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,” according to Amnesty International.
TAKE ACTION: Amnesty International supports the DREAM Act, which will take an important step toward ensuring respect for the human rights of young undocumented immigrants. The DREAM Act provides an opportunity to gain legal status for undocumented students who entered the country before the age of 15, have been physically present in the United States for at least five years, graduate from high school, and/or complete at least two years of college or military service. Take action now for immigrants, youth and future generations by calling on your Members of Congress to support the DREAM Act.