DREAM Act – Reid Trying Senate Floor Vote – Another immigration reform package is due to be decided upon, possibly before next year. The reform package is called the DREAM act, and was announced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
What the DREAM act will allow, is for those born of non-U.S. origin to be granted legal status in the U.S. if they come to live within the borders before the age of 16, have been in the country for more than five years, and if they pass background checks, attend college or serve in the military for at least two years.
“This amendment will ensure that millions of children who grow up as Americans will be able to get the education they need to contribute to our economy,” Reid in a statement.
The hope is, that by allowing these children of illegal immigrants to be legally within the borders, they will help the economy to grow by being active citizens of the American society. Many of these children have little to no ties with their background country, and have closer ties to the U.S.
“Some of these [immigrants] are compelling cases, no doubt about it,” said Roy Beck of Numbers USA, an advocacy group that favors tighter immigration controls. “But you’ve got to draw some lines a lot narrower than the DREAM Act draws them. This is about giving millions of illegal aliens permanent work permits, and I don’t think in this economy that this is a very happy time to be doing that.”