Calls for the School Board to lobby Washington in favor of the DREAM Act by one of its own fell on deaf ears.
Vice Chairman Sheryl Gorsuch urged the board to add their voices to the ongoing debate around the controversial legislation. If passed by Congress, the DREAM Act would allow illegal immigrants (who have lived in America for five years or more, arrived before they were 16-years-old and lack a criminal record) a chance at citizenship if they pursue a college education or military service.
Gorsuchs advocacy came as the board discussed goals for their legislative subcommittee.
But fellow board member Charles Wilson objected to lobbying the federal government for passage of the DREAM Act.
We ought not pursue this, it is both detailed and ambitious, he said, drawing nods of agreement from others on the board.
The board has included support for the legislation in their annual packet to Richmond for the past nine years, according to Wilson.