UCLA Professor Kent Wong stood before an audience at Los Angeles’ Levitt Pavilion in MacCarthur Park on Monday and spoke to those supporting federal amnesty legislation known as the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (the DREAM Act). In his speech he said:
“We will win the dream act soon — very soon,” he exclaimed. “When that day comes, we will celebrate with millions and millions of people of people across this country who are standing with you tonight. Who stand for justice, who stand for democracy and equal opportunities for all.”
“When that day happens, the young people of the DREAM Act movement, will go on to accomplish and do great things with your lives,” he said. “You will go on to become lawyers, teachers, doctors and members of the US congress to replace those old white men… You are the hope and future of this country. You are hope and future of your generation.”
The DREAM Act remains in legislative limbo right now after passing the House of representatives. The Senate has failed to move the legislation past a cloture vote this year and is expected to take up the bill again this week, as Senate members most recently moved to table the DREAM Act legislation last week, when supporters could not find 60 votes to overcome a filibuster.