|Title:||Unauthorized Alien Students: Issues and “DREAM Act” Legislation
|Short Description:||Supporters of comprehensive immigration reform have urged the President and Congress to
pursue reform legislation. While legislative action on comprehensive reform does not appear
likely during the remainder of the 111th Congress, there are efforts to enact a measure, commonly
referred to as the “DREAM Act,” to enable certain unauthorized alien students to legalize their
status. On December 8, 2010, the House approved DREAM Act language as part of an unrelated
bill, the Removal Clarification Act of 2010 (H.R. 5281).
|Annotation:||Those who favor DREAM Act proposals to repeal §505 and grant LPR status to unauthorized
alien students offer a variety of arguments. They maintain that it is both fair and in the U.S.
national interest to enable unauthorized alien students who graduate from high school to continue
their education. And they emphasize that large numbers will be unable to do so unless they are
eligible for in-state tuition rates at colleges in their states of residence.
Advocates for unauthorized alien students argue that many of them were brought into the United
States at a very young age and should not be held responsible for the decision to enter the country
illegally. According to these advocates, many of the students have spent most of their lives in the
United States and have few, if any, ties to their countries of origin. They argue that these special
circumstances demand that the students be granted humanitarian relief in the form of LPR status.