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  • 1. D EVELOPMENTR ELIEF andE DUCATION ofA LIENM INORS
  • 2. DREAM Act Criteria Would extend a six-year conditional legal residency status to undocumented youth who meet several criteria, including: – Entry into the United States before age 16 – Continuous presence in the United States for five years prior to the bill’s enactment – Receipt of a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED), or admission into an institution of higher education – Must be between the ages of 12 and 35 at the time of application – Demonstrated good moral character
  • 3. DREAM Act Concerns Undocumented students would be taking seats and financial aid away from native-born students – 10 states have already passed laws allowing undocumented students to qualify for in-state tuition: California, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Washington None of these states, which are home to about half the nation’s undocumented immigrants, have experienced a large influx of enrollment in higher education Native-born students have not been displaced by undocumented students Educational systems in these states have not reported the undocumented students to be a financial drain
  • 4. DREAM Act BenefitsQualifying youth would be authorized to:Work legally in the United StatesGo to schoolJoin the military
  • 5. DREAM Act BenefitsDuring the six-year conditional status, the beneficiarywould be able to transition to permanent legal residentstatus, and consequently be able to apply for UScitizenship, if:–they graduate from a two-year college–complete two years of a four-year degree–or serve at least two years in the US militaryNo longer forced to work in the cash economy as–domestic workers–day laborers–ambulatory vendors–sweatshop factory workers Undocumented students in higher education Better jobs Increase tax revenues from higher salaries = future competitiveness as a nation