The Hon­or­able Lamar Alexan­der
Dirk­sen Sen­ate Office Build­ing SD- 455
Wash­ing­ton, DC 20510

The Hon­or­able Bob Cork­er
Dirk­sen Sen­ate Office Build­ing SD- 425
Wash­ing­ton, DC 20510

Dear Sen­a­tors Lamar Alexan­der and Bob Cork­er,

As mem­bers of the Ten­nessee Edu­ca­tion­al Equi­ty Coali­tion, we write you to express our sup­port for the pas­sage of a clean Dream Act. The Ten­nessee Edu­ca­tion­al Equi­ty Coali­tion is a diverse group of civil rights and edu­ca­tion advo­ca­cy orga­ni­za­tions whose goal is to build a shared advo­ca­cy agen­da to address achieve­ment and oppor­tu­ni­ty gaps for stu­dents across the state. We write you to respect­ful­ly request that you sup­port the Dream Act and move to pass­ing this piece of leg­is­la­tion before Christ­mas. Pass­ing the Dream Act is a Civil Rights Issue, and an Edu­ca­tion Issue.

One of the guid­ing pol­i­cy prin­ci­pals for the Ten­nessee Edu­ca­tion­al Equi­ty Coali­tion is that all stu­dents in our state deserve equi­table and appro­pri­ate resources and sup­ports. We believe that every child — regard­less of their age, gen­der, socioe­co­nom­ic sta­tus, eth­nic­i­ty or doc­u­men­ta­tion sta­tus — deserves to have an excel­lent edu­ca­tion. We sup­port the Dream Act because we sup­port the over 23,000 immi­grant youth that call Ten­nessee home, and have been edu­cat­ed through our pub­lic school sys­tem. We also stand by teach­ers that through the DACA pro­gram have been able to teach in our schools. With­out DACA, and with­out the Dream Act, the Unit­ed States as a whole will love over 20,000 edu­ca­tors.

As edu­ca­tors and civil rights lead­ers, we urge you to stand with the­se Ten­nesseans and sup­port the Dream Act. Pro­tect­ing Dream­ers will keep thou­sands of Ten­nessee K-12 stu­dents in schools. We must con­tin­ue invest­ing in all our stu­dents and their futures to ensure that we remain the fastest improv­ing state in the nation in edu­ca­tion.

From Mem­phis to Mor­ris­town, and in all cor­ners of our state, our Coali­tion mem­bers are com­mit­ted to part­ner­ing in efforts to advance the achieve­ment for all stu­dents in Ten­nessee. We urge you to do every­thing in your pow­er to pro­tect immi­grant youth in our state.

Respect­ful­ly,

The Fol­low­ing Mem­bers of the Ten­nessee Edu­ca­tion­al Equi­ty Coali­tion