Today, the Obama Administration announced that DREAM students -- students brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria -- will be granted relief from the threat of deportation and become eligible for work permits. This announcement marks the most significant effort by the U.S. government to provide relief to these students since the House of Representatives passed the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act in 2010.
As Immigration Task Force Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, as a leading member of the House Dream Whip Team, and as an American, I am proud to stand with President Obama's landmark decision to protect young, hardworking, and high-achieving DREAMers -- students brought to the United States as young children -- and help us achieve a more perfect union. These young people already contribute to our society and economy, and we owe them a chance to continue their pursuit of American life and the American dream. Today, our President gave them this chance. Let this be a clarion call to Congress to rise and do our part to make their dream a reality.