Support for DREAM Act (S. 729)

Letters to Congress
​​​May 6, 2009

Sent via Electronic Mail
The Honorable Richard Durbin
U.S. Senate
309 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator Durbin,
On behalf of the American Council on International Personnel (ACIP), I am writing to express ACIP’s support for your recent re-introduction of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2009, S. 729 (The DREAM Act).  ACIP is a membership-driven trade association dedicated to issues of global mobility. We represent 200 multi-national employers who have presence in America and at least 500 employees worldwide. Our members employ millions of U.S. workers in industries ranging from high-tech, energy, manufacturing, healthcare, financial services and biotechnology, to private and public research and academic institutions. Since 1972, ACIP has sponsored seminars and produced publications aimed at educating human resource and legal professionals on compliance with immigration laws, while working with Congress and the Executive Branch to facilitate the movement of key international personnel.
We applaud your efforts to ensure that we keep children raised in America working in America if they have the dream of furthering their education. Your bill not only ensures that America recognizes student achievement, but that we make a smart investment in those students who are dedicated to contributing to our country. ACIP believes it is essential to America’s global competitiveness that we remain the home of the world’s best minds. For that reason, ACIP is dedicated to strengthening education and training for American workers. Each year our members make millions of dollars in grants and other gifts to schools, colleges and education programs to help young people thrive in today’s global knowledge economy. The DREAM Act helps U.S. employers realize some of their investments.
We hope the DREAM Act is a first step toward broader reforms in the immigration debate, where our members support a need to fix our high-skilled immigration system by ensuring that bona-fide employers have access to highly-educated professionals from around the globe.
Rebecca K. Peters
Director and Counsel for Legislative Affairs, ACIP​