Unauthorized Alien Students: Issues and 'DREAM Act' Legislation [Updated January 20, 2015] [open pdf - 1MB]
From the Introduction: "Immigration reform has been hotly debated in recent years. Although many component issues are controversial, the question of legalizing large numbers of unauthorized immigrants in the United States has been a focal point of debate, galvanizing both support for and opposition to reform proposals. Historically less controversial has been legislation known as the 'DREAM Act' that proposes a more targeted legalization program to enable certain unauthorized students to obtain legal immigration status. The name DREAM Act derives from the bill title, Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, but it refers more broadly to a class of measures to provide immigration relief to unauthorized alien students, whether or not particular bills carry that name. [...] Bills to legalize the status of unauthorized alien students were again introduced in the 112th Congress. Some of these bills were similar to the measure approved by the House in the 111th Congress, while others included more traditional DREAM Act elements."
CRS Report for Congress, RL33863
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