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Reclaim the DREAM

Each year, about 65,000 undocumented immigrant students graduate from high school; many of them have lived in the United States since they were young children. Among these students are class valedictorians, straight-A students, and idealistic young people committed to their families and to bettering their communities. Their goals include becoming tomorrow’s teachers, nurses, engineers, computer programmers and soldiers. However, many of these students are unable to pursue higher education because of enormous barriers not of their making.

To create opportunities for these immigrant youth, we must pass the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. The bill would create a pathway to legal status for qualified undocumented students who come to the United States before the age of 16 if they, in addition to meeting other requirements, complete at least two years of college or military service.