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Miami Dade College Students Making a Difference in Immigration Reform

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MDC Supports the DREAM Act

Miami, March 11, 2013 - Miami Dade College (MDC) students will have the opportunity to star in a new documentary on immigration reform. The Dream is Now is hosting a nationwide contest challenging college and university students to sign an online petition and submit videos detailing their personal stories, before the April 5 deadline.

The contest, open to both documented and undocumented students, will serve as a platform to voice support for the DREAM Act that, once passed, would create a pathway to legal immigration status for undocumented immigrants born outside the United States who were brought here as children.

The Dream is Now campaign is teaming up with Hollywood director, Davis Guggenheim. Once all the video material is collected, the award-winning director will select snippets of the participants’ untold stories and piece them together for a 30-minute documentary. The college or university with the greatest number of signatories to the online petition will win a special screening of The Dream is Now on campus. The students responsible for gathering the most signatures in four regions around the country will earn an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC, for the official premiere of the film.

“At Miami Dade, I've seen first-hand the incredible potential that undocumented students have to contribute to our nation’s economy and society. Our country cannot afford to waste one single talented person which is why policymakers in Washington, DC need to pass federal legislation that will once and for all provide an earned path to citizenship for undocumented youth. I truly believe in our young people and I believe they have what it takes to push this movement where it needs to go,” said MDC President, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón.

Miami Dade College’s student demographics are as diverse as the community it serves. Nearly three-fourths of MDC’s student body is Hispanic. MDC grants more degrees to minorities than any other institution in America.   

 

To learn more about the contest, visit www.thedreamisnow.org or contact Lisa Cohen at 310-395-2544. 

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366, rromero3@mdc.edu, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359, khill1@mdc.edu, media specialist




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