We have some incredible people working on this campaign that we want to give a shout out to. Here is a post from Kyle Wilson Tharp - our College Outreach Southern Regional Director:
I wanted to get involved with The Dream Is Now because the U.S. immigration system is, and has been for quite a while, broken and in desperate need of major reform. I’ve personally seen how this broken system continues to break apart families and shatter the dreams of millions – farmworkers in Tennessee, journalers in California, and students across the nation.
The United States of America that I know and love celebrates and welcomes the stranger – individuals from all over the world who simply dream to contribute to the American project. Our strength as nation, considered “exceptional” by many, depends on our diversity of social identities and viewpoints. This cannot be disputed, and is forever etched in bronze on one of our most prized national landmarks, the Statue of Liberty: a “Mother of Exiles” who “glows world-wide welcome” as she cries, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me; I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Nowadays, in the face of ICE raids, deportation quotas, and bans on immigrant student higher education, it’s sometimes hard to imagine such an America. However, I’m confident that now is the time for our country to make that age-old American ideal a reality. Immigrants across the nation, from Alabama to Arizona, New York to California, are organized and mobilizing to find their proper place as full citizens of this country. I’m so excited to see The Dream Is Now become an integral part of this work as it recruits college students to raise their voices and push for the DREAM act as a key component of broad immigration reform. Over the next few weeks, our College Outreach program will gather photos, videos, and thousands of petition signatures with a clear message for Congress: Now is the time to pass a broad reform of an unjust immigration system. The DREAM is now.
If you have any questions for Kyle, he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about The Dream is Now project at www.thedreamisnow.org.