Archive for June 20, 2012
Last Friday, President Obama announced a new policy that addresses many of the issues raised in the proposed DREAM Act. The President seems to have decided that waiting ten years for Congress to act is long enough.
What the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) would do is to provide permanent residency to young people who were brought to the United States illegally as children, and who are of “good moral character,” who have graduated from high school, and who satisfy a series of other conditions. The Act was originally proposed on August 1, 2001, by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and has had bipartisan support ever since.
This seemed pretty much like a no-brainer, an easy first step toward comprehensive immigration reform. (more…)