DREAM Act up for another vote tomorrow
December 7, 2010 § Leave a comment
The new version (S. 3992) of the same bill, the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors (DREAM) Act (S. 729/H.R. 1751), was voted down as part and parcel of the Defense Authorization Bill just a few months ago and is now up for another vote tomorrow. If the DREAM Act is passed, this bipartisan bill would provide a conditional six-year pathway to legal permanent residence for certain unauthorized youth who, as children, were brought to the U.S. if they: complete high school; demonstrate good moral character; and complete at least two years of higher education or serve for at least two years in the U.S. military. The bill would also repeal section 505 of the Illegal Immigrant Reform and Immigrant Reconciliation Act of 1996 (IIRIRA) that prohibits states from providing any higher education benefit based on residency to unauthorized immigrants unless they provide the same benefit to U.S. citizens in the same circumstances, regardless of their residence. Passage of the DREAM Act would directly benefit these children and their families with immediate and long-term benefits toward our education system and the economy.