August SFL 912 Meeting – To Dream (Act) or Not!

The next meeting of South Florida 912 will be on Tuesday, August 9th at:

Lantana Rd. Branch of the PBC Library
4020 Lantana Road
Lake Worth, FL 33462

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Time: Meet and greet 6:30pm-7pm
             Meeting: 7pm – 8:45pm

The Dream Act– what do you know about it?  Do you have an opinion?  We are fortunate to have two long-time South Florida 912 members who hold opposing positions on the proposed Act:  Austin Parris has been a vocal advocate on behalf of passage of the Dream Act.   Speaking in opposition will be Francisco Rodriguez.

The DREAM Act (acronym for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) is an American legislative proposal first introduced in the Senate on August 1, 2001, and most recently on May 11, 2011, when the bill was re-introduced in the US Senate.

You can read the rest of the wiki article here.

Meanwhile, a few states have passed some form of Dream Act legislation.  The latest is California – where Gov. Schwarzenegger vetoed several versions, but Gov. Brown just signed a partial implementation last week.  And President Obama, speaking to La Raza just a few days ago, once again brought up his avid support for it.

Our members have very strong opinions on this, so expect a lively debate on this once again timely subject!

Also on the agenda:

  • Our Value of the Month
  • Candidate announcements
  • Sherry Lee on a Call for Candidates
  • Mel Grossman will talk about America Supports Israel 8/24
  • Fred Scheibl will be recruiting for an activist training project that will hone our skills and influence some local issues at the same time

 We hope to see you there!


3 Responses to “August SFL 912 Meeting – To Dream (Act) or Not!”
  1. I just want to thank the wonderful 9-12 group for being gracious enough to hold this event. I think that no matter what happens we’ll all come out much more learned for it.

  2. EdFulop EdFulop says:

    I wanted to thank both Austin and Francisco for facing off against each other in this debate this evening. I spoke with many people after the meeting who, while their opinion may not have changed, looked at the issue just a little bit differently than they did before the debate, which ought to be the goal of any debate.

  3. Joe Budd Joe Budd says:

    Thanks Austin for your preparation and educating us on the Dream Act. I agree with Ed that opinions may have not changed but we now better understand the arguement and point of view of those who support it.

    The common arguement is that the children of illegal immigrants are innocent victims and yes they are. However, rewarding the illegal behaviour of their parents sends the wrong message and encourages others to enter the U.S.illegally.

    The REAL victims are taxpayers and their children. Children who may not be able to get into college because a “dreamer” has taken their spot. Taxpayers, who have footed the bill for the education of illegals. According to FAIR, illegal immigration is a $5.5 billion problem in Florida with 70% of that cost going towards education for these future “dreamers”. In Miami-Dade county 60% of the students get free or reduced priced lunches on the taxpayers dime. I want to discourage illegal immingration not encourage it.

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