DREAM Act would help few migrants

The DREAM Act would create a path to legal status for undocumented minors who arrived before the age of 16, if they graduate from high school and complete two years of college or serve in the military within a six-year period. It’s not going to pass before the November elections, though supporters are holding a “DREAM University teach-in” across from the White House.

But if it ever does, only 38 percent of young immigrants are likely to benefit, predicts a study by the Migration Policy Institute.  Most won’t meet the education hurdles, reports Education Week.

Many of the undocumented immigrants who it seems could be beneficiaries of the DREAM Act don’t have a high school education and have such limited English that it would be hard for them to be admitted to college or serve in the military, the researchers in the study conclude. One of the criteria for getting conditional legalization is having graduated from a U.S. high school. The researchers estimate that only about 825,000, or 38 percent, of the 2.1 million potential beneficiaries would eventually attain legal status.

Of course, young students might work harder in school, if they knew academic competence was a path to legalization. But the alternative path — marriage to a citizen or legal resident — may seem easier.

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  1. I am a recent graduate of an ivy league university and a foreign national. Under the current regulatory and economic environment, citizenship via marriage is looking very much like the swifter option. Amnesty for the ones you don’t want, while driving away the ones you do… American immigration policy makes so much sense!

  2. SuperSub says:

    The DREAM act is nothing more than a smokescreen to make it seem like the White House is willing to reform immigration when they are really unwilling to anger the fastest growing demographic in the nation – Hispanics.

  3. Roger Sweeny says:

    Another possible consequence of the law would be expanded efforts to identify and push forward possible DREAM students. And maybe some creative ways to meet the letter of the law, say counting two years of remedial courses in college as “completing two years of college.”

  4. And maybe some creative ways to meet the letter of the law, say counting two years of remedial courses in college as “completing two years of college.


    Like “asylum”, it will just become another strategy to use.

  5. I find it really disturbing that 62% of the illegal aliens who came to this country prior to the age of 16 are high school dropouts who don’t speak much English. How much of our tax dollars go towards providing services to these individuals and their “anchor baby” children?


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