On Wednesday, May 11, 2011, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act was reintroduced into the U.S. Senate by Senators Richard Durbin, Harry Reid, and Robert Menendez. During the fall of 2010, the DREAM Act passed the House of Representatives but was ultimately defeated in the Senate.
The DREAM Act, first introduced in 2001, deals with the situation of young immigrants who have been raised in the United States and managed to succeed despite the challenges of being brought here without proper legal documentation. This bill would offer a path to legal status for those young individuals who have graduated from high school, stayed out of legal trouble, and plan to attend college or serve in the U.S. military for at least two years. These young immigrants are accustomed to American culture and are fluent in English, having grown up here and having little attachment to their country of birth. Even though there is support for the DREAM Act from a broad spectrum of groups, it has failed to become law due to the political environment surrounding the reform of U.S immigration law.
The Underwood Law Firm’s Immigration Section will provide updates regarding this important legislation as this attempt to pass the DREAM Act develops.
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