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 it less likely that the bill will be considered again before the end of the 111th Congress.
The Act would provide a vehicle for the children of undocumented immigrants to seek naturalization if they had entered the United States before their 16th birthday, had lived in the USA for at least 5 years, and had either earned a high school degree, were enrolled in college, or were serving in the military.
Monica Sharp, the Director of International Student Services at the University of Oklahoma, wrote a plea in support of passage of the Act for the LexisNexis Emerging Issues Law Community Focus on Immigration forum last week, The DREAM Act: A Campus Perspective.
California attorney Carrie Rosenbaum wrote for Focus on Immigration after the lack of a vote on the DREAM Act in September in The End of a DREAM?
Attorneys Karol Brown and Sharon Underwood were featured in Focus on Immigration for their profile on the hopes for citizenship of Jorge-Alonso Chehade-Zegarra in One DREAM Short.
Bender’s Immigration Bulletin reports on the DREAM Act in its December 15, 2010 edition, DREAM Act Maneuvering in Congress Continues.
In a similar issue, the December 1, 2010 edition of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin reported on the recent decision of the California Supreme Court to uphold in-state resident tuition status for undocumented students, California In-State Tuition Upheld for Undocumented Students.
Much is being written this week about the DREAM Act. A sampling of recent online articles includes:
The Diane Rehm Show - The DREAM Act (Audio available);
Obama administration, Dems urge passage of DREAM Act (CNN video available);
First Thoughts: A 'West Wing' moment? (MSNBC News).