"I think the time has come for the DREAM Act to be part of our identity as a party," Heinrich said in a telephone interview.Here's his proposed language for the platform:
“The Democratic Party appreciates the hard work and commitment immigrant families have brought to the United States throughout our history. Immigrants’ children, brought to the United States as youth through no fault of their own, are being raised and educated as Americans today, to work and fight for the same dreams as every other American. We support the adoption of the DREAM Act to allow the undocumented children of immigrants to pursue the American dream by seeking a higher education or by serving in our armed forces, and applaud the decision of President Obama to grant deferred action to those children.”Shelley Berkley, the Democratic Senate candidate in Nevada, supports the campaign as does Richard Carmona in Arizona. This should be a totally non-controversial no-brainer for Democrats. Obama's executive order received huge support—64 percent—from the general voting public, and absolutely galvanized Latino voters.
Beyond that, it's the moral, humane thing to do. That's something Democrats shouldn't just be united behind. It's something they should fight. Kudos to Heinrich for pushing that fight.