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For Immediate Release May 29, 2009 Contact: Adey Fisseha 202-216-0261 ext.403 MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND NYC BUSINESS LEADERS ENDORSE THE DREAM ACT New York, NY - Yesterday, eighteen New York City-based businesses and Mayor Michael Bloomberg sent a letter to Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) pledging their full support of the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act and urging passage of the legislation. The DREAM Act is a bipartisan bill that addresses the situation faced by young people who were brought to the United States years ago as undocumented immigrant children, and who have since grown up here but are being denied the ability to fully contribute to society. The letter authored by Mayor Bloomberg and co-signed by the following companies: Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP Con Edison Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe National Grid American Express Company JPMorgan Chase & Co. Pfizer Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Macy’s Inc. Morgan Stanley New Corporation Citigroup WL Ross & Co. LLC Tishman Speyer Partnership for New York City Boston Properties The signatories stress that the “passage of the DREAM Act would go a long way towards correcting an inequitable situation that drains our economy of talent and resource.” They go on to state, “[T]the DREAM Act offers a fair bargain benefiting both children and the country.” “This bold step taken by Mayor Bloomberg and these industry leaders follows on the heels of a similar letter from Microsoft and shows the business communities’ understanding of the positive and much needed contributions these young people can make to our nation,” said Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Center. NILC applauds Mayor Bloomberg and these business leaders for their commitment to the passage of the DREAM Act. To contact immigrant students, educators or for more information please contact: Adey Fisseha, Interim Federal Policy Director (Fisseha@nilc.org) 202-216-0261 ext.403 ### Established in 1979, NILC is a national legal advocacy organization whose mission is to promote and advance the rights of low-income immigrants and their families. For more information on the DREAM Act and other issues affecting low-income immigrants, visit NILC’s website is www.nilc.org.
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