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Fact Sheet: The DREAM Act

Fact Sheet: The DREAM Act

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An outline of how the DREAM Act would enable young people to earn citizenship, who it would affect, and some of the obstacles the bill faces in Congress despite enjoying bipartisan support.
An outline of how the DREAM Act would enable young people to earn citizenship, who it would affect, and some of the obstacles the bill faces in Congress despite enjoying bipartisan support.

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1Center for American Progress | Fact Sheet: The DREAM Act
Fact Sheet: The DREAM Act
Bill Provides a Path to Citizenship that Must Be Earned
Congress is se o consider he
 
Developmen, Relie and Educaion or AlienMinors Ac, or DREAM Ac, in he lame duck session. Te bill would providelegal saus o undocumened immigrans who came o he Unied Saes aschildren provided hey mee cerain sric condiions. Te bill is suppored acrosshe poliical specrum and i promoes hard work and he noion ha you can besuccessul no mater where you were born or who your parens are.Tis ac shee explains who would be able o apply or ciizenship under he ac,how i would work, and some o he legislaive hurdles he bill is up agains evenhough i enjoys widespread suppor.
Let’s be clear: We are talking about children.
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Te DREAM Ac provides a pah o ciizenship or children who were brougho his counry by no choice o heir own.
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Many o hese kids do no even realize hey are “illegal” unil years aer hey come o he Unied Saes. Tis is he only counry hey’ve ever called home.
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Now hey live in ear o deporaion o a counry where hey may no have any amily or any connecion o.
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Tese kids have he same hopes and dreams as any oher kid in America. Tey  wan o make he mos o heir lives and give back o heir counry. We are alking abou kids like Waler Lara , an honor suden who ound ou he was “illegal” when he was applying or college. We are alking abou kids likeSephanie , who sared a UCLA when she was16 and works wo or hree minimum wage jobs o pay or her schooling.
 
2Center for American Progress | Fact Sheet: The DREAM Act
  We are alking abou kids likeEric Balderas , a Harvard biology major who has been in America since he was 4 and was deained when ying back o schoolaer visiing his moher.
 This is not amnesty. Eligibility requirements for legal status underthe DREAM Act are strict and legal status must be earned.
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Te DREAM Ac does no provide auomaic ciizenship or hese kids—legalsaus mus be earned.
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Eligibiliy or legal saus under he DREAM Ac is sric. Kids mus be physi-cally presen in he Unied Saes or a leas fve consecuive years prior ohe dae o enacmen o he law. Tis will no be a magne or more illegalimmigraion.
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Only kids who were under 16 when hey came o he Unied Saes are eligibleor legal saus under he DREAM Ac. And hose who are 30 a he ime o enacmen are no longer eligible.
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 Young people mus mee he DREAM Ac’s high sandards o earn legal saus,and work hrough a lenghy process ha includes graduaing rom high school, being o good moral characer, passing background ess, and coninuing heireducaion a college or in he miliary.
 The DREAM Act has traditionally received bipartisan support andit is supported across the business, education, military, and faithcommunities.
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Te DREAM Ac is currenly co-sponsored by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) andRichard Lugar (R-IN). I has hisorically received biparisan suppor. enRepublicans voed or i in 2007, including Sens. Orrin Hach (R-U), OlympiaSnowe (R-ME), Sam Brownback (R-KS), Bob Bennet (R-U), Susan Collins(R-ME), Kay Bailey Huchison (R-X), and Richard Lugar (R-IN).
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Seveny perceno likely voers o all poliical sripes suppor he DREAM Ac.
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Te DREAM Ac receives broad suppor rom leaders in hemiliary  , business , educaion , andaih communiies.

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