President Barack Obama has finally brought to light a policy, the “DREAM Act” that will provide permanent residency to law-abiding immigrants who graduate from High School or serve in the U.S. military.
The DREAM Act immigration plan and program is not a dream anymore for the people of America. In June of 2012, Obama announced the new immigration program to help young people that qualify. The DREAM Act will help you become a permanent citizen and obtain your green card or visa. It is the most important part of immigration reform for many immigrants in our world today.
Under the administration’s plan, illegal immigrants in Sacramento, California and across the U.S., will be immune from deportation if they were brought to the United States before turning 16 and are between the ages of 12 and 35. They would have to be in the country for at least five continuous years, have good moral character, graduated from a U.S. High School or earned a GED, or have been accepted into an institution of higher education.
From the DREAM Act website:
The DREAM Act is a bipartisan legislation ‒ pioneered by Sen. Orin Hatch [R-UT] and Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL] ‒ that can solve this hemorrhaging injustice in our society. Under the rigorous provisions of the DREAM Act, qualifying undocumented youth would be eligible for a 6 year long conditional path to citizenship that requires completion of a college degree or two years of military service.
The State of California passed a similar law regarding colleges and state financial aid in October 2011.
The “deferred action” initiative for unauthorized youth who were brought to this country as children offers immigration leverage. This initiative, announced by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, offers a two-year, renewable reprieve from deportation to unauthorized immigrants who:
- are under the age of 31
- entered the United States before age 16
- have lived continuously in the country for at least five years
- have not been convicted of a felony, a “significant” misdemeanor, or three other misdemeanors
- are currently in school, graduated from high school, earned a GED, or served in the military