Thursday, June 21st, 2018

A Comparison of the DREAM Act and Other Proposals for Undocumented Youth

"Each year, approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from
American high schools. While many hope to pursue higher education, join
the military, or enter the workforce, their lack of legal status places
those dreams in jeopardy and exposes them to deportation. Over the last
decade, there has been growing bipartisan consensus that Congress should
provide legal immigration status for young adults who came to the
country as children and graduated from American high schools.

Since 2001, when the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien
Minors (DREAM) Act was first introduced as bipartisan legislation, its
main provision—providing permanent resident status (i.e. a “green card”)
upon completion of two years of college or service in the military—has
held out hopes of a lasting solution for these young people. As the
current political environment has become more polarized, bipartisan
support for the DREAM Act has waned