Today Congresswoman Laura Richardson applauds the Obama Administration's decision to offer protection to DREAM Act eligible youth. Children who came to the United States at age 15 or younger, who have been in the country for at least five years and are currently age 30 or younger will be able to apply for a deferment of deportation and the ability to obtain work authorization.
"This is a wonderful step in the right direction for immigration reform in this country," said Congresswoman Laura Richardson. "I renew the call I made yesterday to the House leadership to bring the DREAM Act before congress so the House can pass it," said Congresswoman Richardson.
Each year, approximately 65,000 students graduate high school without the possibility of continuing their education due to their immigration status and less than 10 percent of these students will go on to pursue college. The DREAM Act gives these students the opportunity to continue their academic pursuits, be officially recognized by the country in which they have spent most of their lives, and realize everything the American Dream has to offer.
"The Obama Administration's decision has given those eligible for the DREAM Act a much brighter future than they had before. Thousands of students will be able to go to college, obtain good jobs and contribute to economic growth. During my visits to schools in my district, one of the most ethnically diverse in the nation, I have had the opportunity to meet many students who will benefit greatly from this decision. It is time that we recognize these students' achievements and allow them to step out of the shadow that prevents them from pursuing their dreams."