The DREAM Act an acronym for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, is a bill that would allow undocumented students, who graduated high school, permanent residence and allow them to go to college. The purpose for this bill is to grant many undocumented students their dream of attending college and receiving a higher education degree. This bill has not been passed, because many believe that this is a bill for amnesty and would legalize many immigrants. The DREAM Act has many requirements students need to have, creating a big process for students to go through. The controversy between either passing the bill or not has caused a lot of commotion for many young students who want to attend college and get a degree. Although the DREAM Act has not yet being passed, it should be passed because; it would create not only benefits for many students but also local, state and federal economic benefits and also national security benefits by allowing students to recruit in the military.
The DREAM Act was presented to both the House of Representatives and the Senate. There has been excessive news and media coverage, resulting in many misinterpretations and misunderstandings of the bill itself. The current DREAM Act “was introduced on May 11, 2011, in the Senate (S. 952) by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 32 fellow senators, and in the House of Representatives (H.R. 1842) by Reps. Howard Berman (D-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Lucille Roybal-Allard”(DREAM Act: Summary). There are certain restrictions and steps that have to be accomplished in order to get the residency.
Under the DREAM Act, most students who came to the U.S. at age 15 or younger at least five years before the date of the bill’s enactment and who have maintained good moral character since entering the U.S. would qualify for conditional permanent resident status upon acceptance to college, graduation from a U.S. high school, or being awarded a GED in the U.S. Students would not qualify for this relief if they had committed crimes, were a security risk, or were inadmissible or removable on certain other grounds. Under the Senate bill-qualifying students must be under age 35, whereas under the House bill they must be under age 32. (Dream)
Many people claim the DREAM Act is a bill for amnesty. As one can see there are many steps that need to be followed in order to have a legal status and many more steps after that making it a long process.
There are many undocumented students with different stories in the case of Allan, age 20, he was brought by his parents to the United States at age 8. He still remembers that day that he had to cross the border. Separated in the dessert from his parents he faced many dangers and was lost for 2 days. He did not know the reason why he had to come to this country where everyone said it was “beautiful” and had no clue what “the American dream” really meant, all he knew was that he had to leave