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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I am writing as a community member who has worked closely with our public schools for the past 10 years. Although I am a member of the RFSD School Board, these are my personal opinions. I am not representing the views of the board.

In our school district we firmly believe that every child can learn and every child can succeed. I want that belief to follow all our students after they leave our schools. I want them to be able to continue to learn and succeed and make valuable contributions to our communities and our country. We need to pass the DREAM Act so that our children can continue to believe in themselves and follow their dreams through college and beyond.

Americans tend to forget that our nation was founded by immigrants. My relatives came to this country about 100 years ago – other people’s relatives may have come 300 years ago or 10 years ago. Unless we are Native Americans, we are all immigrants or descendants of immigrants. We all deserve the opportunity to go to college, work hard and become contributing members of our communities.

A couple years ago I visited the Statue of Liberty and it made quite an impression on me – standing 150 feet tall right at the shore of our country. There is a poem mounted inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty that includes the words:

“From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome”

It makes no sense to me to have the Statue of Liberty standing on our shore, while we shut the door of our opportunity to the young people who have grown up right here in our communities.

Please join me in calling our representatives, urging them to PASS THE DREAM ACT, so we can be true to the roots of our country and support the dreams of the young people living here today.

Debbie Bruell


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