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California Dream Act Makes It Possible for Illegal Immigrants To Receive Financial Aid

California Dream Act LogoAnahit Grigoryan is like many students in the USA. For a long time, she has wanted to study medicine and become a doctor. She graduated from high school in 2009 and enrolled in a community college with plans of transferring to a four-year school in the future.

However, Grigoryan cannot take the MCAT test, nor will she ever be able to take the Hippocratic Oath. Why is this? Because Grigoryan is an illegal immigrant in the USA, which makes it impossible for her to have a driver’s license, a legitimate job, or even a social security number.

“My whole life is a lie,” she said. “Every time someone asks me why I don’t drive I have to make up some sort of excuse. I feel embarrassed.”

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DREAM Act Stalls in the Senate

Immigration Protest Supporters failed to get the 60 Senate votes needed to force the DREAM act into legislation with a super-majority this weekend, essentially defeating the bill for at least several years. Proponents of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act secured only 55 votes.

Although the bill once had bipartisan support, Republicans have come to oppose the bill as the struggle over immigration policy has become a heated issue. Prominent Republicans who once backed the bill but ultimately voted against it include Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX), Orrin Hatch (UT) and John McCain (AZ). The incoming Republican-led House is unlikely to pass the bill after January first, and the Democrats in the Senate will have an even slimmer majority.

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DREAM Act Approved by House, Awaits Vote by Senate

The DREAM Act may become a reality for hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants. If it passes completely, it will give legal residency to children who were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents and that have lived here for at least five years.

The DREAM Act, or The DREAM Act Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, was passed by the House Wednesday evening. Though half the battle may be won, the bill still has to be passed by the Senate. The Senate voted on the act last September, and it failed to get the required 60 votes.

Republican voters may not let it pass. Some conservative critics are calling the act a “backdoor grant of amnesty that would encourage more foreigners to sneak into the United States in hopes of being legalized eventually.”

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Arizona State Students Go Hungry for the Dream Act

Students at Arizona State University rallied Tuesday to bring attention to the pending Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, also known as the DREAM Act. The legislation will permit undocumented students to continue studying in the U.S. and gain legal status.

The students demonstrated in front of the Memorial Union building of ASU’s Tempe Campus. They used chants and signs to push legislators to vote in favor of the DREAM act and to encourage more students to get involved in advocating for their peers. “We have an entire generation of students who were brought here (to the U.S) without a choice,” Debbie Robles, one of the participating students, told The Huffington Post.

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President Obama Test Drives the Dream Act

Image via The Daily Gotham

Image via The Daily Gotham

About 700,000 students in the U.S. look forward to deportation after high school graduation. But President Obama has provisionally allowed some of these students, who lack proper immigration papers, to stay. They would all qualify for the Dream Act, a bill that has been in congress since March of 2009.

If the Dream Act passes, students who arrived in the U.S. as illegal immigrants before the age of 16 will be offered conditional permanent residency and an opportunity at earning citizenship. Although the Department of Homeland Security has not changed its policy in light of the pending bill, they do feel that their resources are used on more pressing deportations. “Our time is better spent on someone who is here unlawfully and is committing crimes in the neighborhood,” said John Morton, the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in the New York Times. Read the rest of this entry »



The DREAM Act

DREAM ActEDUInReview.com first introduced coverage of the DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act) when we reported that the political action campaign sought after Eric Balderas, the Harvard student who was retained in Texas when he lost his Mexican passport and tried to use his student identification card to board a flight to Boston from San Antonio. The campaign felt he would be an ideal test case to headline their proposed DREAM act.

But what exactly is the DREAM Act?

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Harvard Student Detained in Texas For Not Being a U.S. Citizen

dream actNineteen-year-old Harvard University student, Eric Balderas was detained on June 2, 2010 after he attempted to use his university student identification card to board a plane from San Antonio Texas to Boston. Balderas is not a United States citizen and was held by immigration because he had lost his Mexican passport that he uses to travel domestically and internationally.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have released a statement saying that the agency will not pursue a deportation case of Balderas. According to published reports, Balderas was granted deferred action, a method to stop deportation based on the merits of the individual case.

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