Facts about Dreamers and the DREAM Act

Facts about Dreamers and the DREAM Act

One of the most misunderstood pieces of immigration legislation to have emerged over the past decade has been The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, also called the DREAM Act. The purpose of this law is to give undocumented students a chance at becoming permanent residents. Here are a few facts about the law and the people who are/would be affected by it.

  • There have been several bills proposed to replace DACA: These bills include The Dream Act proposed by Senator Dick Durbin and Senator Lindsey Graham. It allowed a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. It did not pass the Congress. There is also the Recognizing America’s Children Act, proposed by Rep. Curbelo, The American Hope Act: Proposed by Rep. Gutiérrez, BRIDGE Act: Proposed by Coffman, and Broader Options for Americans Act.
  • The DREAM Act is not outright amnesty: Contrary to popular belief, the DREAM Act does not provide automatic citizenship for these dreamers. Dreamers must still meet high standards to be eligible for legal status in the US.
  • The DREAM Act rewards success and encourages economic productivity: The DREAM Act actually rewards high performing students who will someday go on to be our nation’s teachers, doctors, nurses, lawyers, etc a chance to further their education. The infusion of talent helps to grow the nation’s economy.
  • There is broad support for the DREAM Act among the public: The DREAM Act – or legislation like it – is supported by 60% of all Republicans and 80% of all Democrats. Moreover, the Act has even broader support among the business, education, military, and faith communities.
  • The DREAM Act could increase youth participation in public service: Many young immigrants who would be the beneficiaries of the DREAM Act say that they would be willing to do public service in either the military or in non-profit businesses.daca

In the end, all issues related to immigration seem to be in a constant state of flux as legal challenges to changes and proposed changes to these policies are making their way through the court system. As an immigration lawyer in Oxnard, it is my job to keep up-to-date about these issues as they affect a great many of my clients. I am Erika Roman immigration lawyer and I can assure you that I will fight for you against an ever changing and increasing complex system.

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