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Veteran Advisor

DREAM Act

The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (The "DREAM Act") is a piece of proposed federal legislation in the United States that was first introduced in the United States Senate on August 1, 2001[1] and most recently re-introduced there and the United States House of Representatives on March 26, 2009. This bill would provide certain inadmissible or deportable alien students who graduate from US high schools, who are of good moral character, arrived in the U.S. as minors, and have been in the country continuously for at least five years prior to the bill's enactment, the opportunity to earn conditional permanent residency if they complete two years in the military or two years at a four year institution of higher learning. The alien students would obtain temporary residency for a six year period. Within the six year period, a qualified student must have "acquired a degree from an institution of higher education in the United States or [have] completed at least 2 years, in good standing, in a program for a bachelor's degree or higher degree in the United States," or have "served in the uniformed services for at least 2 years and, if discharged, [have] received an honorable discharge."[2] Military Enlistment contracts require an eight year commitment.[3]"Any alien whose permanent resident status is terminated [according to the terms of the Act] shall return to the immigration status the alien had immediately prior to receiving conditional permanent resident status under this Act." [4]

 

Are you for or against this and why?

6 Replies
Senior Contributor

Re: DREAM Act

If the kid is an inadmissible alien, how did they graduate from high school? I would be aganist this. Every person wanting to come to this country must go through the proper channels before they can even think about going to our schools, getting a job, anything. I would vote NO.

Veteran Advisor

Re: DREAM Act

The SC gave states the mandate to provide education to illegals, many of whom don't even know they are illegal.  Part of that "proper channel" can be serving this country in helping to fight it's wars for 8 years.  I personally think that if a person does graduate high school here and agrees to join the military and serve for at least 8 years (it has been done many times) that should count very heavily towards becoming a citizen.

Senior Contributor

Re: DREAM Act

I want everyone to be a citizen before they can benefit from our country. The kids may not know they are illegal, but the parents do. Lets all follow the laws that are on the books right now. New laws are not needed.

Veteran Advisor

Re: DREAM Act

I'm just telling you that the education of illegals is already something the SC has determined already and for decades, non-citizens who served honorably in the armed services were given special consideration when it came to citizenship.  Serving in the military means something special.  Do you have first hand knowledge of that?  This new law would just put it in writing, but I will mark you as a no.

Senior Contributor

Re: DREAM Act

i have serious  doubts a 6th grade edu would prepare someone to fight a high tech war--the main reason is for the benefits

Veteran Advisor

Re: DREAM Act

Well over 50% of our military have joined the military for, at least partially, the benefits of getting help paying for their education and also to make some fairly good money right out of high school.  However, it really doesn't matter WHY any one decides to go into the military.  It only matters that they do.  Most of the jobs in the military don't require super intellect because the training is such that even an ollie could learn how to do it.  Some jobs like linguist do require a little higher than average intelligence but most of the others don't.