Late last week we sent letters of support to the House and Senate sponsors of an important piece of legislation known as the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act. The DREAM Act, as it is commonly known, would permit a limited number of undocumented immigrant students to become permanent U.S. residents if they came here as children, are long-term U.S. residents, have good moral character and attend college or enlist in the military for at least two years.
The bill would enable some of the estimated 65,000 undocumented students who graduate from U.S. high schools each year to advance their education and eventually apply their skills and knowledge to enhance U.S. productivity, wages and tax revenues.
As we wrote to the legislators, the DREAM Act reinforces and protects America’s substantial investments in the education of its youth, and ensures that America will reap the benefits of those investments. The legislation rewards those who place high value on education, on hard work, and on service to country.
To see a full text of the letter, click here.