As of today, young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children will have an opportunity to avoid deportation and obtain a work permit. This has been the goal of the Dream Act, which Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) has co-sponsored in every Congress since its introduction in 2006.
In order to be eligible, the immigrants must have arrived in the U.S. before age 16, be currently younger than 30 and have been in the country for at least five years. In addition, they must have no prior criminal history, have graduated from high school, earned a GED or served in the military.
Said Ros-Lehtinen: "This nation benefits from the creativity and hard work of those who come to our shores seeking a brighter tomorrow. I have been a staunch supporter of the Dream Act since its introduction in 2006. I have met with countless dreamers like Gaby Pacheco and Daniela Pelaez who simply want to give back to this great country. Many bright, talented and patriotic young men and women will now have the opportunity to stay in this country - a country that they love - and to continue their education or service in our proud military."