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.
Securing America’s Future in Education
An overview of the DREAM Act.
Why the DREAM Act is necessary.
What the DREAM Act would do.
How education is the key to a strong future for America.
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.