Orange County Dream Team Plans Drag Show Fundraiser, Hopeful California Will Pass Its Own DREAM Act

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For the Orange County Dream Team, fundraising is a drag -- or rather, it's done in drag. 

The political Ping-Pong continues, but the local advocacy group remains steadfast in its quest to get the DREAM Act passed. To keep afloat, they plan fundraisers, and next up is their "Dreaming in Drag" event in Garden Grove. 

Most of the performances will be by club members themselves, says Orange County Dream Team member Jorge Gutierrez, who added that advocating for LGBT rights has also "become part of what we do."

"We started noticing a few years ago that a lot of club members also identified as LGBTQ," Gutierrez says. "Hey, it's important to raise awareness that a lot of students are not only undocumented, but also LGBTQ." 
 
Gutierrez says he thinks this year's "Dreaming in Drag" event, the club's third, is especially timely, as the Senate held its first-ever hearing on the bill last week.

"Awareness is continuing," Gutierrez says, but still, he doesn't expect any quick fixes.

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​Because of the current political landscape, he says he thinks "it's almost impossible for the DREAM Act to go through this year." He is "very hopeful," however, that California's DREAM Act--made up of AB 130 and AB 131 --will pass soon. 

As the OC Register's Andrew Galvin reported, when Assemblyman Gil Cedillo was in Santa Ana last week, he, too, seemed doubtful that the federal DREAM Act would pass anytime soon, but confident that the state's version of it would.

For details about the event, visit its Facebook page.

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HAZEL
HAZEL

I think the "DREAM Act" will pass eventually. The reason why this country is able to stay afloat is because of immigrants, whether they are here legally, or illegally. There are a lot of illegal immigrants who just marry an citizen and that's how they try to become legal. I have a friend who helped her friend become legal that way.  

mitch young
mitch young

"The reason why this country is able to stay afloat is because of immigrants, whether they are here legally, or illegally."

In case you haven't noticed, California, the most immigrant inundated part of the country, is sinking fast.

Guest
Guest

Are kidding me? It's only "become part of what we do." because you don't have anything else to really promote. And the Dream Act is rediculous. Immigrating here legally is a privilege, not a right. Just because there isn't a pathway for these students doesn't mean there should be one.

mitch young
mitch young

"Immigrating here legally is a privilege, not a right"

So true, so true.

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