Update on the DREAM ACT
In September, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) attached The DREAM ACT bill to the Defense Department authorization bill in hopes passing the much awaited law. The bill needed 60 votes to survive for the next round of consideration. However, the bill was rejected by a 56 to 43 vote.
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.
The DREAM ACT legislation may be reintroduced to Congress. In order to show your support for this important legislation, contact your Congressman and Senator Reid's office.