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November 20, 2010, 1:49 pm · Updated November 20, 2010, 12:00 am·
To the Editor:
The Undergraduate Assembly is currently exploring the scope of what questions we should be addressing. One prominent part of this is how political, is too political, for a student government to deal with. For instance, while as a rule we do not take stances in national political debates, if students and their interests are the central concern of an act, perhaps should we take a stance? After all, we were elected to represent the students.
Congress is currently entering a lame-duck session in which there is a possibility that they will pass the DREAM Act. The DREAM Act is a bill that is intended to give undocumented students who complete at least two years of higher education a path to citizenship. This would directly impact Penn students and help us meet the goals of the Penn Compact. The UA is considering sending a letter to our Senators and Representatives informing them that we support the removal of barriers to higher education included in the DREAM Act. This would not support the Act itself, as we are not empowered to do so by the student body. It would not be an abuse of our position. I urge my fellow UA members to consider this when voting on the DREAM Act Resolution.
Abe Sutton The author is a College freshman and a member of the Undergraduate Assembly