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The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (The "DREAM Act")

Elena Reyes

on 20 September 2010

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The "DREAM" Act about The Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, is a piece of bipartisan legislation introduced March 26th, 2009 at the federal level in both the House and the Senate. In the Senate it is known as S.729 and in the House H.R.1751. This bill would grant conditional residency to undocumented students and young adults who were brought to the United States before the age of sixteen, demonstrate good moral character and graduate from high school.

The DREAM Act was introduced for the first time in 2001 by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

However, it has not been able to make it to the Senate floor as a stand alone bill.

What to expect Current State of Affairs "The DREAM Act will get a vote on the Senate floor [this] week, a last shot before the November elections to appease Latino voters who are furious that President Obama has not followed through on his pledge to make comprehensive immigration reform a priority." - Huffington Post 9/14/10 The DREAM Act will take to the Senate floor as an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Supporters and non-supporters are calling
their peers to join them in marching,
rallying, protesting and calling their local senators
in anticipation of Tuesday's vote. WHAT NEXT? Here in Cali In a paper statement Rep. Luis Gutierrez, the bill’s sponsor, said today he’s certain the House has the 218 votes to pass it if the Senate can. Barriers and Criticisms
As a possible route
for terrorists As an imposition upon Americans Some, including Steve Poizner oppose the DREAM Act as an extension of approval of illegal immigration, which he feels is an issue of national security. "The military's role is to protect and defend this nation, not to serve as a social experiment for elected officials during campaign season," said Kirk S. Lippold, a retired naval commander and member of the Military Families United, a nonprofit advocacy group for military families. "Sen. Reid's actions are irresponsible and demean the service of the members of our military." obama has supported the dream act since he was in the senate and running for presidency in 2008 and still supports it now Although how this will affect the American population as a whole is still unknown, some estimate more than 800,000 people of varying ethnicities and walks of life could take advantage of the program. 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools each year Of this number, roughly 40 percent, or 26,000, undocumented youth reside in the state of California. Development, Relief, and education for alien minors Until NOW SUPPORT So who Qualifies? Candidates:

Must have entered the United States before the age of 16 (i.e. 15 and younger)
Must have been present in the United States for at least five (5) consecutive years prior to enactment of the bill
Must have graduated from a United States high school, or have obtained a GED, or have been accepted into an institution of higher education (i.e. college/university)
Must be between the ages of 12 and 35 at the time of application
Must have good moral character - be a law abiding citizen(excluding minor crimes) - Those who have not graduated high school, obtained a GED or have not been accepted into college will be able to stay in this country and not be deported if they are enrolled full-time in primary or secondary school and are 12 years of age or older. Once the student has completed high school or obtained a GED, they will then be eligible to apply for Conditional Permanent Residency. Candidates get six years to attend college or enlist in the armed forces.

They would be eligible for federal loans and work study programs, but not for government education grants.

After two years of college or military service, they could get a green card, which allows them to live and work here legally and apply for citizenship. Statistics were obtained from the Pew Hispanic Center (http://www.pewhispanic.org) Undocumented immigrants are foreign nationals who:
1) entered the United States without authorization; or
2) entered legally but remained in the United States without authorization.

However, undocumented youth and students usually have
no role in the decision to come to this country. They are usually brought to this country by their parents or relatives, and for many, they have spent many more years in the United States than in their country of origin. Many undocumented students are honor students, athletes, student leaders, and aspiring professionals.

But because of their immigration status, the majority of these young people are unable to access higher education and even if they do, they are not legally able to obtain employment upon graduation. “They're already paying taxes, they're already graduating from high schools, graduating with masters degrees and we just need to allow them the chance to be fully integrated Americans,” Kasey Hughart, DREAM Act Supporter said. Tuesday's vote is the determinant for this issue and other future immigration reforms

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