The ‘Hidden’ truth behind the DREAM Act

The Thinker

The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM) Act, is currently attached to the Immigration Reform bill. If passed, it will give thousands of illegal immigrant’s two options—join the military or go to school. We found this little fact whilst reading another University’s blog. Is this true? Then we went and dug into the Congressional record with the aid of NumbersUSA and you be the judge, okay?

The DREAM Act has been reintroduced in both the House (H.R. 1751, by Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA)) and the Senate (S. 729, by Sen. Dick Durban (D-IL). Several cosponsors of the legislation have referred to the DREAM Act as a “narrow” proposal to deal only with the children brought here illegally by their illegal-alien parents. Unfortunately, the facts belie that claim. Here are the essentials of what the bills would do:

They retroactively repeal the federal ban on in-state tuition for illegal aliens, so individual states would decide whether to grant this subsidy to illegal aliens at the expense of U.S.citizens and legal residents.

They require DHS to award amnesty to every illegal alien claiming to meet minimal criteria: 1) present in the U.S. for the last five years; 2) a U.S. high school diploma or GED, or admitted to a U.S. institution of higher learning; and 3) of “good moral character” with no more than 2 misdemeanor convictions.

The Senate version also requires that amnesty applicants be under 35 years of age and not be subject to a final order of removal or exclusion. Neither version requires specific documentation or other proof that amnesty applicants actually meet these minimal criteria.

Once an alien files an amnesty application, he or she cannot be removed from the United States for any reason until the application is fully processed and a final decision to grant or deny amnesty has been made.

All amnesty applications go to the front of the line for processing, thus bypassing millions of people around the world who have applied to come to the United States the right way.

In order to deny any amnesty application, the federal government has the burden of proving illegal aliens ineligibility for amnesty. There are no numerical limits to the amnesty and there’s no end date for the application process.

Amnestied aliens are required to complete two years of college or military service during their first six years of legal residence, but DHS can waive the requirement or grant additional time to comply for those who do not.

At the end of the six years, amnestied aliens can apply for citizenship and petition to bring their extended relatives—including the parents who brought them here illegally—to the United States. Amnesty beneficiaries are eligible for certain federal student loans and work-study programs.

We are so incensed by what this The Collegian article written by Ana Mendoza from the California State University at Fresno espoused, we decided to rail them a copy of this article with supporting documentation.