Will Passage of the DREAM Act Be the Promise of a New Day for Underage Illegal Immigrants?Meredith Carroll
A new bill being proposed in the United States Senate would provide the potential for citizenship to kids who were brought to the country illegally.
In order to qualify to for legal status under the DREAM Act, an immigrant must have arrived illegally on U.S. soil when they were 15 or younger and remained for five consecutive years, committed no crimes, graduated from high school or obtained a G.E.D., and aim to complete at least two years of college or enter the military.
The introduction of the DREAM Act (or reintroduction, as it was originally presented but failed to pass during the final lame-duck session of the last Congress) was announced as President Obama announced yesterday in Texas the need to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Senators Dick Durbin of Illinois and Robert Menendez of New Jersey are the bill’s main supporters. The thinking behind the bill is to provide upstanding young people with the opportunity to enter the national work and military force.
Those opposed to the bill argue that it constitutes amnesty, and that border patrol should take priority over the proposed measure.
What do you think of the DREAM Act? Is there any harm in seeing it passed?
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