HIAS Applauds Introduction of the DREAM Act

Posted on Wed, May 11, 2011 at 11:34 am

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, applauds Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA-28) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-18) for their introduction of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act in both the House and the Senate.  If passed, the DREAM Act would provide a six-year path to a green card for undocumented children brought to the U.S. more than five years ago if they graduate from high school and continue on to college or military service.

According to Melanie Nezer, HIAS’ Senior Director for U.S. Policy and Advocacy, many of the 50,000-65,000 undocumented students who graduate from American high schools each year “were brought to the U.S. when they were very young and grew up in American schools, learning American values, and experiencing American culture.”

The DREAM Act would help break the cycle of underemployment, instability, and poverty endured by undocumented immigrants and could reduce dropout rates, criminal justice costs, and the need for public assistance.  It would also reward good behavior by young people who, despite their circumstances, have worked hard and remained in school.  Last December, despite bipartisan support from a majority of members of Congress, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the DREAM Act.

Click here for more information on the DREAM Act.