Essay The Dream Act

2604 Words Feb 27th, 2012 11 Pages
The D.R.E.A.M Act

The D.R.E.A.M Act
The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act
When it comes to immigration reform, many people have their own opinion on how the United States government should implement immigration policies. We can all agree something needs to be done about it, but no one can seem to agree on what exactly we should do. The Federal DREAM Act has gained astonishing support in the past ten years. Members from both the Democratic and Republican parties have helped draft versions of the proposed bill which has helped gained bipartisan support. Yes, “You can say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one” (Lennon, 1971). The DREAM Act will not excuse an
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A similar bill was also introduced around the same time by a Republican State Representative in Florida by the name of Lincoln Diaz-Balart. Even though Lincoln Diaz-Balart introduced the bill as the “American Dream Act” both bills were formed to appeal a provision of the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA), which required that children of undocumented immigrants pay out of state tuition when pursuing a college education even if they lived in state. This provision has caused a road block for several undocumented students. It has prevented them from furthering their education and becoming an innovative member of the U.S. workforce that our country so desperately needs in order to stay competitive in our global economy (Legislative Background on the DREAM Act, 2010).
Since the bill was first drafted in 1995, there have been several revisions and appeals to congresses decision to prevent the bill from passing into law. The latest version of the bill, S. 3992, was introduced on November 30, 2010. Under this most recent revision, the conditional period was changed from six to ten years to help gain Republican support (Hoffman, 2010). The bill was presented and passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on December 9, 2010 (Barker, 2010). Then it went before the Senate on December 18, 2010. The bill received fifty-five of the sixty required votes. A mere five votes prevented the bill from being

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