Young people who love America and contribute to America strengthen America.
Connect: It's not right to punish children who've done nothing wrong because you don't like what their parents did.
Define: The President's common sense decision means that young people who grew up in America can keep contributing to the only home they've ever known.
Speak to values: It's not just about where you were born that makes you American. It's about how you live your life and what you do in the only country you've always loved and called home, too.
Contrast: Some politicians would rather punish these kids who did nothing wrong and everything right -- doing well in school and giving back to the community -- just because they don't like what their parents did.
Bottom line: America is strengthened by holding onto young people who love our country and are contributing to it. How we treat aspiring citizens reflects our commitment to the values that define us as Americans.
Words to use: New Americans, New American immigrants, Aspiring citizens
Words to avoid: Undocumented, Illegal aliens
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- For the official details, here is the press release and FAQ from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
- For information on the legal authority behind the President's policy, here's a memorandum from nearly 100 law professors.
- For rebuttals and corrections of the media's reaction to today's announcement, please click here.
- DREAM isn't just the right thing to do -- America's economy and national security will reap enormous benefits as a result, too. For more information about the DREAM Act legislation, please click here and here.
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