Rep. Berman Pleased that Dream Act is Included in Senate Immigration Deal
Rep. Berman said today that he is pleased that the "American Dream Act" is part of the newly announced Senate immigration deal. This legislation will provide a path to legal immigration status for college-bound children who have lived most of their lives in this country, but do not have legal immigration status.
Under the American Dream Act, qualified students would be eligible for temporary legal immigration status upon high school graduation that would lead to permanent legal residency if they go to college or serve in the military. The American Dream Act would also eliminate a federal provision that discourages states from providing in-state college tuition to immigrant students who have long resided in their states. Despite meeting state residency requirements, immigrant students in certain states are charged out-of-state or international tuition rates, which can be triple the cost of in-state tuition.
"This bill would remove barriers confronted by young undocumented students who, as children, were brought to this country illegally by their parents," said Berman. "Many of them are honors students and valedictorians who, through no fault of their own, exist in a legal limbo with no way to adjust their status."
"When they finish high school, these students must choose between working illegally or trying somehow to continue their education while under a legal cloud," Berman continued. "They have grown up here, and America is the only home they know. They consider themselves Americans. But their lives are filled with uncertainty, and their future is limited so long as they have no legal status."