DREAM Act is an acronym for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act. This nickname was given to past legislation that attempted to legalize the status of an estimated 1.8 million young people living in America who were brought here as children by undocumented immigrant parents, many at a very young age. Most of these children have grown up thinking they were U.S. citizens only to discover their assumptions were in error when they applied for a driverâ€™s license or social security card. These â€œillegalâ€ Americans, many of whom have graduated from our schools and served in our military, are subject to deportation should they be detained by immigration or law enforcement officials. Most of these young people have never known any home other than America and are not familiar with the country they would be deported to. The Obama administration has suspend deportations of Dream kids. However, this action does not alter or confer lawful immigration status to an individual or provide them a path to citizenship.
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I oppose reforming current DREAM ACT policy
I support giving citizenship to undocumented children who have grown up in the U.S. and authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to cancel the removal of, and adjust to conditional permanent resident status, an alien who entered the United States before his or her 16th birthday and has been present in the United States for at least five years immediately preceding enactment of this Act; is a person of good moral character and is not inadmissible or deportable under specified grounds of the Immigration and Nationality Act; at the time of application, has been admitted to an institution of higher education or has earned a high school or equivalent diploma; from the age of 16 and older, has never been under a final order of exclusion, deportation, or removal; and was under age 35 on the date of this Act’s enactment, and wish to identify a legislator who will reintroduce S.729 – Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2009 (111th Congress 2009-2010)