Month: September 2007

The Dream Act: A proposal to benefit immigrant children

Often times the public can be unsympathetic with the plight of an immigrant.  They may feel that because someone came to the US illegally or overstayed their visa, that they should not be entitled to anything.  Well, what if that person is a child who had no say in the matter?  The Senate is currently considering the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act .  To be eligible, a child would have to have been brought to the US before the age of 16, be a person of good moral character (not having committed certain heinous offenses) and either attends college or joins the military.  This would place that person on the path towards permanent residence (green card) in the US.  Many members of the US Senate support the Act.  Those who do not argue that it is not appropriate to attach it to a defense spending bill or that immigration should not be tackled in a piecemeal fashion.  However, with the comprehensive immigration bill failing twice in the Senate and with an upcoming presidential election, I think that any immigration reform under possible consideration should be explored.