On July 26, 2017, Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Democrat Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard of California introduced the House version of the Dream Act of 2017, which would provide young people who were brought to the U.S. as children, the chance to apply for a Green Card.
The Dream Act of 2017 was introduced in the Senate by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on July 20, 2017. If passed, the law would allow immigrant students who grew up in the United States to earn lawful permanent residence and eventually American citizenship.
These young people, known as DREAMers, have lived in the United States since they were children, built their lives here, and are American in every way except for their immigration status. However, under current law they live in fear of deportation and have no chance to ever become citizens and fulfill their potential.
What is the Dream Act of 2017?
The Dream Act would allow these immigrants earn lawful permanent residence and eventually American citizenship if they meet certain conditions:
- Are longtime residents who came to the U.S. as children;
- Graduate from high school or obtain a GED;
- Pursue higher education, work lawfully for at least three years, or serve in the military;
- Pass security and law enforcement background checks and pay a reasonable application fee;
- Demonstrate proficiency in the English language and a knowledge of United States history; and
- Have not committed a felony or other serious crimes and do not pose a threat to our country.
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