U.S. Economic Policy: March 2009 Archives
I'm happily returning from my blogging hiatus this week to make a common-sense argument: passing the DREAM Act is not only the right thing to do, but in these trying economic times it is also the sensible thing to do.
I am such a passionate advocate for the DREAM Act that I often forget there are people in this world that don't know what the DREAM Act is. According to Wikipedia:
The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (also called "The DREAM Act") [is] a piece of proposed federal legislation in the United States that would provide certain immigrant students who graduate from a [U.S. high school], are of good moral character, arrived in the US as children, and have been in the country continuously for at least five years prior to the bill's enactment, the opportunity to earn conditional permanent residency.The National Immigration Law Center also has a basic information sheet (pdf) that I print out and give to people who are not familiar with the DREAM Act. I don't go into any migration-related meeting without it. In 2007, I pushed hard for the DREAM Act when it was introduced in the U.S. Senate, and I was crushed when it failed. Migrant youth cannot wait any longer. The time to pass the DREAM Act is now.Wikipedia (23 March 2009)