Like most legislation up for debate these days in D.C. the DREAM Act is neither new (first proposed in 2001) or as liberal (co-signed by Orin Hatch (R-UT), though he no longer supports it) as it seems. So what is the DREAM Act and why is it unlikely to pass?
The DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act) would provide a path to citizenship -- but not exclusively grant it -- by conferring temporary legal status for a six-year period to undocumented immigrants. Eligibility would be based on the following:
- Have proof of having arrived in the United States before age 16.
- Have proof of residence in the United States for a least five consecutive years since their date of arrival, compliance with Selective Service.
- Be between the ages of 12 and 35 at the time of bill enactment.
- Have graduated from an American high school or obtained a GED.
- Be of "good moral character"
For instance, 75 percent of those eligible for the Dream Act reside in ten states: “led by California with 553,000 (or 26 percent of total); Texas, 258,000 (12 percent); Florida, 192,000 (9 percent); New York, 146,000 (7 percent); and Arizona, 114,000 (5 percent).” When undocumented immigrants lose, we all do. How so?
Please read more here: http://www.theloop21.com/money/the-dream-act-important-and-not-just-for-immigrants