A new report issued by the Center for American Progress highlights the significant economic benefits that would result from passage of the DREAM Act, which Republican Senate candidate Heather Wilson refuses to support.
The DREAM Act would create new opportunities for immigrant students who have lived in the United States their entire lives to attend college, achieve better jobs, and give back to their communities. According to the report, New Mexico, with 19,300 DREAMers, stands to gain 9,557 new jobs and more than $2.1 million in economic activity if the DREAM Act were to become law.
Despite these significant economic benefits, Congresswoman Wilson refuses to support the DREAM Act. Furthermore, the presidential nominee of Wilson's party, Mitt Romney, has said that if the DREAM Act reached his desk as president, he would veto it. Romney even went so far as to call the DREAM Act a "handout."
U.S. Senate candidate Martin Heinrich has different values. Heinrich has fought hard for the DREAM Act, which reflects the spirit of diversity, inclusion, and hard work valued by New Mexicans. He has also consistently supported comprehensive immigration reform.
"DREAM Act students represent much of what's best about our nation: hard work, motivation, and a willingness to serve this country," said Heinrich. "The DREAM Act is good for our economy, our security, and our nation. And the DREAM Act is the type of fair, practical immigration policy that Americans are demanding. It's time to make the Dream a reality."