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Qualifications of the DREAM Act

            While they aren't citizens, young people who grew up in the United States and have graduated from U. high schools should be given the opportunity to further their education or join the Army if they meet The DREAM Act qualifications. The DREAM Act is a bipartisan law that allows high-achieving illegal immigrants to live the "American Dream"- to get a good education and earn a decent amount of money. This bill gives eligible young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children the opportunity to resolve their immigration status and work towards citizenship (America's Voice, Sept. 2010).
             First introduced in 2001 to Congress, The DREAM Act failed to pass all the way up to 2006 every time it was introduced. In 2010, an edited version of the bill was introduced to Congress, but was only passed in the House of Representatives. Even though this law would be very beneficial, most Republicans still have stereotypical views of illegal immigrants and refuse to pass the bill. In January of 2015 in Virginia, The DREAM Act legislature was debated about but still failed to pass, even though there were many supporters there to give their view of the bill. there has been a lot of news about this bill recently because more and more people want to help give these young people a chance at a decent life. Without The DREAM Act, these people will not get the chance to further their education or even get decent jobs. Not many jobs don't require a college education so this is a huge disadvantage to people who only want to help out their families and live a good life.
             To qualify for this bill, you must have entered the U.S. before the age of 16, been present in the U.S. for 5 consecutive years prior to this bill, have good moral character, have graduated from U.S. high school or equivalent or been accepted into college (dreamersact.worldpress.com, Nov. 2011). There are many specific qualifications to this bill, but that doesn't stop the 65,000 DREAMer's that still pursue their dream of qualifying (immigrationpolicy.

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