Imagine that for as far back as you can remember you've lived in the United States, attending school and participating in the community. Maybe you've even served in the U.S. military.
Yet, you're not a U.S. citizen, and each day you face deportment to a country you've never known.
The DREAM Act, which stands for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, is also referred to as the Deferred Action Process.
On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, announced that certain people who came to the United States as minors may request deferred action for possible deportment. It specifically applies only for those young people who were brought to the United States as minors by their parents and know no other home. It allows the best and brightest young immigrants to earn legal status.
But that path isn't easy. It's a lengthy process. The Migration Policy Institute, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank in Washington, D.C., estimates that more than 1.4 million unauthorized immigrant youth and young adults would meet the qualification requirements and that 38 percent of these will successfully satisfy the process steps to earn permanent immigration status.
A rigorous process
Benefits of the DREAM Act
According to supporters of the DREAM Act,
To learn more about the Dream Act and the filing process, visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Web site.