The DREAM Act: A Campus Perspective

In the last days of a Democrat-controlled Congress, passage of the DREAM Act still glimmers as a possibility, offering a pathway to legal immigration status for hundreds of thousands of undocumented children and young adults who have known the United States as their only home. The beneficiaries of the...

DREAM Act Removed from Consideration by Senate Democrats

The DREAM Act, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010, passed the House on Wednesday afternoon with a vote of 216 to 198 mostly along party lines. The Act was subsequently removed from consideration by the Senate Democrats on Thursday citing insufficient votes and making...

REINTERPRETING THE AUTOMATIC CONVERSION PROVISION OF THE CSPA TO HELP DREAM KIDS

"It would make sense if the Administration withdrew its opposition to a broader interpretation of §203(h)(3) and followed Khaled v. Holder across the country." Cyrus D. Mehta on Sept. 16, 2011.

Leave Those Kids Alone! (And Pursue Tax Cheats Instead)

"Krikorian and others of like mind did not repeat that "all amnesties reward lawbreaking," when the Internal Revenue Service decided this month to waive interest, penalties and audit exposure, and accept only one-tenth of the employment taxes otherwise owed by employers who participate...

Rick Perry As Pro-Immigrant? Not Quite, Students Say

"Students who benefit from the in-state tuition, though grateful for the law, say it does not really allow them to work in many professional settings. Since Perry does not support the federal DREAM Act, his arguments for the in-state tuition law don't match reality, they say. The students...

DREAMer escapes deportation...for now

" Rodrigo Cruz , a 16-year-old high school student preparing for deportation, walked into an immigration office in Charlotte on Tuesday with a $155 bus ticket to Mexico and walked out with permission to stay temporarily in the United States . Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials granted...

Calif. Governor Brown Signs California DREAM Act

"Taking action to expand educational opportunity to all qualified students, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Saturday signed the California Dream Act. AB 131, authored by Assemblymember Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) allows top students who are on the path to citizenship to apply for college...

Bender's Immigration Bulletin: News Excerpts For Nov. 1, 2011

USCIS Update: Centralized Receipting for Various N-Forms The receipting of Forms N-300, N-336, N-600 and N-600K has been centralized in the Dallas and Phoenix Lockbox facilities and away from local field offices, effective October 30, 2011. This effort is intended to streamline form processing, accelerate...

DREAMs of a education

"In a nondescript room on the University of Texas campus, about 20 students chattered and laughed before Daniel Olvera called the meeting to order. One by one, they introduced themselves: the mechanical engineering major who's building a computer program that analyzes MRI images of the...

A Teenager's Suicide Spurs DREAM Activists

"One evening this week on the sprawling University of Texas campus, a small group of DREAMers — the moniker for undocumented college students lobbying for passage of the DREAM Act — solemnly painted posters for an upcoming campaign. The statement on each was simple: “I am...

Podcast: Bloomberg EDU - Bello, Olivas, Hauser on Immigration Laws, Youth, DREAM Act

"Kemi Bello, an American-educated, undocumented immigrant from Nigeria, Michael A. Olivas, a law professor at the University of Houston and "No Undocumented Child Left Behind" author, and Brooke Hauser, "The New Kids" author, discuss the DREAM Act, "coming out,"...

Romney pledges to veto federal DREAM Act for immigrants

"Romney, apparently seeking to burnish his anti-immigration credentials before conservative voters, made a comment that one of President Obama’s top political advisers suggested could hurt him in a general election contest. For the first time, Romney said outright that he would veto...

Deportation looms for DREAMer; so much for prosecutorial discretion!

"Earlier this year, the Obama Administration terminated NSEERS , a post-911 program that targeted and placed non-citizen Muslim men from over 24 countries in deportation proceedings. But the termination provides no relief for thousands of immigrants who face deportation as a result of the...

Napolitano touts border crackdown, urges support for Dream Act

"Calling the nation’s immigration laws “sorely outdated and in need of revision,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano pressed Monday for passage of the DREAM Act, saying it is the most-urgently needed change to immigration policy." - Cronkite News, Jan. 30,...

DREAM or NIGHTMARE? Why Congress Should Reject a Military-Only Version of the DREAM Act

"Problems with a military-only DREAM Act range from the practical to the philosophical. For example, Representative Rivera’s bill would require people to enlist within nine months; otherwise they would lose their eligibility under the bill. The bill fails to realize, however, that...

Immigration Options for DREAMers under EXISTING Law

[Angelo Paparelli's posts just get better and better. This is one of his most informative, hopeful, exciting and important posts yet.] "The DREAMers, after all, are the innocents . They landed here without asking for a life full of challenge and hardship. They deserve a chance to be...

Angelo Paparelli: If I had a son, he'd look like a DREAMer

"Last week I ventured into an alternate reality. Like the child, Alice, descending through the rabbit hole, I engaged on immigration with Executive-Branch officials, immigration lawyers , members of Congress, including the indefatigable champion of immigration reform, Rep. Luis Gutierrez , their...

For Undocumented Graduates: A Dream Deferred

"Thousands of University of Texas students are graduating and looking forward to pursuing their careers. Among them are graduates who see nothing but obstacles ahead. On Thursday, more than 40 UT Dream Act students and their supporters held a protest on the UT campus to implore President...

A Comparison of the DREAM Act and Other Proposals for Undocumented Youth

"Each year, approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from American high schools. While many hope to pursue higher education, join the military, or enter the workforce, their lack of legal status places those dreams in jeopardy and exposes them to deportation. Over the last decade...

Law Professors Agree: Obama Has Executive Power To Provide Relief To DREAMers

"Since the DREAM Act was narrowly defeated in Congress in December 2010, DREAMers around the country have been calling on President Obama to provide executive relief to immigrant youth and their families. However, the Obama Administration has repeatedly stalled, saying that they lack the...

Not the DREAM Act, but a Temporary End to the Fear of Removal for Some Undocumented Youth

By Carrie Rosenbaum On June 15 President Obama announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would not deport certain undocumented youth who would otherwise be eligible for the DREAM Act. The administration instituted a policy change, but not an Executive Order. However, because Congress...

Dreams Deferred: Deferred Action, Prosecutorial Discretion, and the Vexing Case(s) of DREAM Act Students

"In June 2011, with the release of what came to be known as the “Morton Memo,” there were developments in the issue of Deferred Action (DA) and the extent to which President Obama’s Administration would extend a form of prosecutorial discretion to DREAM Act students and others...

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Should Undocumented Young People Apply?

By Dan Berger and Stephen Yale-Loehr The Obama administration's program for young people who came to the United States as children and lack a valid immigration status (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) has sparked extensive debate, advice, and analysis. In this Emerging Issues Analysis, Dan...

U.C. Berkeley Math Club President Takes DREAM Act Case to YouTube

"Terrence Park has done plenty of work - in laundries, in restaurants and tutoring in private homes - to realize his dream of getting a college education. But the 24-year-old UC Berkeley math club leader and biostatistics major from South Korea said Wednesday that he never dreamed he would reveal...

Will House Republicans Accept the Senate Proposal for Immigration Reform?

By Nolan Rappaport In this Emerging Issues Analysis, Former House Judiciary Committee counsel Nolan Rappaport goes through the recent bipartisan Senate proposal for immigration reform and discusses its pluses, minuses, and prospects in the House of Representatives. Excerpt: The Time is Right for Comprehensive...