We need YOUR help to pass the Pennsylvania DREAM Act. We urge you to contact your local state representatives and pressure them to vote yes on Senate Bill 713 when it is presented in front of them.
Below we have provided a tool you can use to look up your local elected official.
Please also sign the petition below to ensure that your elected officials get an email urging them to pass this important piece of legislation
On March 16 Senator Lloyd Smucker (R) from Lancaster PA Introduced the Pennsylvania DREAM Act into the Senate. Juntos DREAMers, along with other youth in the state and the Pennsylvania Immigrant and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) sat down and met with the senator prior to the bill being introduced to draft the initial language of the bill and ensure that this bill is for and by the community that will be most affected.
Now that the bill has been introduced it is up to us, the people, to pressure our elected officials into making sure that this important piece of legislation passes.
The Pennsylvania DREAM Act will provide the opportunity for undocumented young adults who have graduated from a high school in Pennsylvania, or have a GED certificate , to pay in-state tuition rates at public institutions of higher learning in Pennsylvania. Most of the time undocumented students applying to college get charged international or out-of state tuition rates, which are 3-4 times more expensive than the regular in-state tuition they would get charged if they were documented. These are young adults that have grown up in Pennsylvania and they and their families have been contributing to the economy of the state. In 2010 families with undocumented heads of households paid approximately $135 million in state and local taxes. Passing the PA DREAM Act would increase the potential for those benefiting from it to increase their potential to contribute back to the state even more by becoming college educated productive tax payers.
This bill is not only beneficial to undocumented young adults but also to the whole of Pennsylvania. Allowing more students to access a college education, who would otherwise not be able to afford it, will increase the number of students enrolling into public institutions of higher learning and therefore increase college revenues. State DREAM Acts have passed already in 13 other states and they have provided huge economic benefits to public institutions.
We in Juntos see that denying students to ability to pay in-state tuition is unjust and as against the values of equality that this country was founded upon. We see education as a human right and therefore the access to education as well.
Please use the search box below to look up the contact info of your local state representatives and tell them to pass this important piece of legislation.
We at Juntos have some exciting news! We have new openings on the Juntos team for two new organizer positions!
As you may know already, we have grown a lot in the past year and have also accomplished many victories for our community, So we are super excited for the prospect of growing even more and accomplishing even more victories for the latino-immigrant community.
Please see below for more details:
These are two new position available in the organization:
- We are also hiring for a Part-Time Education Organizer at 15 hours a week with some evenings and weekends and this person will be working with parents, mostly mothers, on local education campaigns.
Please Click Here for PDF of Full Job Description
These applications are due Monday, April 1st at 5pm. We are hoping to hire by mid April.
Please submit resumes along with cover letter to Erika@vamosjuntos.org
Luis Chavez, My Uncle, I miss you.
At sunset on February 12th, Juntos gathered at the Aquí y Alllá mural in South Philly to create a visual statement on the destructive impact of current immigration policies on our families. The vigil was planned to coincide with President Obama’s State of the Union Address, two days ahead of Valentine’s Day, when he confirmed that immigration reform will be a priority in his second term. Of course, this political momentum has grown out of the tireless work, the demonstration of power, la lucha of our community.After cleaning up the area, our youth began lighting candles and tying “broken” hearts to the fence surrounding the mural; hearts filled with the names of loved ones in the community, who have recently been deported. Against this stunning backdrop, with huge red hearts beating against the fence, Juntos leaders spoke emotionally and powerfully about the need for an immigration reform that is both just and humane. Padre Orlando led us through a prayer and community leader Maria Serna spoke about the pain of separation as a wound that never heals, reminding us that no community should experience such suffering. Gisela Hernandez asked both the President and the public to think about the families behind the stories, and for those most affected by immigration policies to be part of the conversation about reform. After speaking boldly about how communities are exploited and kept in constant fear under the threat of deportation, Jackie Gomez asked the crowd if they would join her to continue fighting for a more inclusive immigration reform, and was met with a resounding “Si!”. Speakers called for an immediate moratorium on deportations and a reform that does not divide us; a reform that respects the dignity and contributions of all immigrants, and acknowledges the root causes of migration. There is still a lot of work to be done, but the Juntos community is organized and ready for this fight.
Thank you to all who came out in support last night! A diverse crowd of around 60 people – including Juntos community members, neighborhood residents, and other allies and supporters – were present at the event. We were treated to delicious atole and ponche, a real treat on this chilly February night, supplied by Blue Corn Alianza and Los Taquitos de Puebla.
Check out Juntos’ photos from the event, and our statement on immigration reform here.
In honor of Valentines Day, we are asking that you our show support and love to Juntos BY DONATING as we continue to fight for our community and for a fair and just immigration reform. On April 10 we will be mobilizing buses from Philadelphia and Norristown to Washington DC to make our voices heard along with thousand of other communites across the nation to demand that our community be at the forefront of the immigration reform conversation.
We hope you can support us however you can and we look forward to updating you on how immigration shapes our for our community.