Update on the DREAM Act
On November 16, 2010, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), sent a letter to all the congress members urging them to pass the DREAM ACT before the year’s end.
The DREAM ACT, which refers to “The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act,” is a bill that was drafted many years ago. The bill purports to legalize the status of young, undocumented immigrants if they attend college for two years or join the military. The immigrant must have arrived in the U.S. while under the age of 16 and have resided in the U.S. for at least 5 years before the enactment of the law. Also, the person must not have been convicted of serious crimes.
This proposed law is aimed at helping those children who were either brought to the U.S. illegally or fell out of legal status. It encourages them to gain education and to serve our country in a meaningful way, while barring those who are convicted felons.
Although the Congress is in a lame-duck session until the new elected leaders take office, some lawmakers are supporting the passage of the DREAM Act.