This brief outlines a case for the DREAM Act as a means of providing educational opportunities to undocumented immigrant children who have grown up in America and consider the United States home.
Good for children, good for America
Findings & Stats
The DREAM Act would allow students who receive conditional permanent resident status to legally work, drive, pursue higher education, and be protected from deportation.
The DREAM Act would provide qualified students access to federal work study, student loans and state financial aid; Pell Grants and certain other federally funded aid programs would be excluded.
Students who satisfy the six-year conditional requirements and complete at least 2 years of higher education or military service would qualify for unrestricted lawful permanent resident status.
States would be free to determine criteria for in-state tuition to state-funded colleges and universities regardless of immigration status, and would no longer be penalized for providing in-state rates to undocumented students.
Statements & Quotations
While the 1982 Plyer v. Doe Supreme Court ruling guaranteed undocumented children with access to a K-12 education, these children are left with limited opportunities upon their high school graduation and must live in constant fear of deportation to a country they no longer remember.
The DREAM Act would help the United States maximize our greatest asset — our children — by providing immigrant students who have grown up here with the opportunity to achieve the American dream and give back to the country they already call home.
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