The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, known as the DREAM Act, is a legislative proposal to grant temporary conditional residency, with the right to work, to qualifying immigrants who entered the U.S. as minors—and, if they later satisfy further qualifications, they would attain permanent residency.
In August 2001, Senators Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) first introduced the bill in the Senate as S. 1291, but it did not pass. The proposal has since been reintroduced several times, but has not been approved by majorities in both houses of Congress.
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What is the DREAM Act?
The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act is a piece of proposed legislation that was introduced to the United States Senate, and the House of Representatives most recently in 2017. Senator Durbin the Bill’s co-author says, the Act is “a narrowly tailored, bipartisan measure which would permit undocumented students to become permanent residents if they came here as children, are long-term U.S. residents, have good moral character, and attend college or enlist in the military for at least two years.” .
- The Act Section-by-Section
- Hearing Webcast and Links to Statements (6-28-11)
- Senate Immigration Subcommittee Schedules Hearing For 6-28-11
- Text of the Act (Reintroduced by Democrats 11-30-10)
- Text of the Act (2009)
Advocacy Organizations & Resources
Media and Press
- Senators Make Another Run at Passing Dream Act for Young Immigrants (7-20-17)
- “DREAM Act Passes in the House, Heads to the Senate”-Huffington Post (12-09-10)
- “Top Democrat Says He’ll Set a Test-vote on Bill Legalizing Young Undocumented Immigrants” (11-30-10)
- Obama wants DREAM Act in lame duck
- Papers: The Movie trailer
- Obama Campaign: Debate Video 2008
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Carl Shusterman served as an INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) before opening a firm specializing exclusively in US immigration law. He is a Certified Specialist in Immigration Law who has testified as an expert witness before the US Senate Immigration Subcommittee. Carl was featured in the February 2018 edition of SuperLawyers Magazine.
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