To authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain alien students who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children,... Read More


This bill was introduced on May 11, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.


Date Introduced
May 11, 2011


Bill Text


To authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain alien students who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the ``Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2011'' or the ``DREAM Act of 2011''.


In this Act: (1) In general.--Except as otherwise specifically provided, a term used in this Act that is used in the immigration laws shall have the meaning given such term in the immigration laws. (2) Immigration laws.--The term ``immigration laws'' has the meaning given such term in section 101(a)(17) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(17)). (3) Institution of higher education.--The term ``institution of higher education'' has the meaning given that term in section 102 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1002). (4) Secretary.--Except as otherwise specifically provided, the term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of Homeland Security. (5) Uniformed services.--The term ``uniformed services'' has the meaning given that term in section 101(a) of title 10, United States Code.


(a) Special Rule for Certain Long-Term Residents Who Entered the United States as Children.-- (1) In general.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law and except as otherwise provided in this Act,...

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We strongly support this bill that would provide undocumented students who were brought to the U.S. at a young age and meet certain requirements with an earned pathway to citizenship through completion of two years of higher education or military service.

SAALT strongly supports the DREAM Act which would provide young immigrants who have grown up in the United States an opportunity to pursue their higher education goals and obtain green cards. Specifically, the provisions of the DREAM Act would be available for the following young Americans in waiting who meet various requirements. They must have come to the U.S. before they turned 16, be under the age of 35, have lived in the U.S. for at least five years, graduated from high school or passed an equivalency exam, have "good moral character" and either attend college or enlist in the military for two years. The potential economic benefits of the DREAM Act’s passage are clear. A recent study by the UCLA’s North American and Integration Development Center estimated that the total earnings of DREAM Act beneficiaries as they become a part of the American workforce would be up to $3.6 trillion. In essence, the education, talents, and skills of these students would remain in the United States and help to make our workforce more competitive. Moreover, our country has already invested in the education and training of youth who would benefit from the DREAM Act and these students should not be denied the opportunity to give back. Yet, many youth who are committed to America’s future and have long called this country home instead face deportation to places that may not have seen since they were born. Yves, a 17-year-old student from Silver Spring, Maryland came to the United States as a one-year-old child with his parents. After his parents were deported to India and Bangladesh, he began living with relatives and caring for his cousin suffering from muscular dystrophy. He considers himself American, as he has never been back to visit India since coming to this country. He excelled in school and made plans to attend college but almost faced deportation due to his lack of status. Taha nearly faced being sent to Bangladesh right after graduating from high school with honors in Jersey City, New Jersey. His parents had brought him to the United States when he was only two years old. He became undocumented simply because his family’s immigration lawyer missed a filing date for their green card application. Hoping to attend college in New Jersey to study pre-med, he instead was almost returned to a country where he did not even speak the language. Zeenat is a student enrolled in a university in Los Angeles and aspires to be lawyer. She was merely six months old when she came to the United States with her parents from Pakistan. She does not have any immigration status which seriously impedes her ability to fulfill her career aspirations. While some of these students were able to get extraordinary administrative relief, such avenues are often denied for many others in this situation. SAALT also urges that, as the DREAM Act is being considered, the option of community service and vocational training be added as a pathway for eligible youth to attain permanent resident status. For many, higher education is simply out of reach due to financial barriers. In fact, between 20% to 50% of the South Asian population lives at less than 200% of the poverty level. The skills of some may best serve this country as part of the domestic civilian workforce through rather than military service. Given that the goals of this legislation are to reinvigorate the economy by using these youth’s talents in the most effective way and opening possibilities for them, we urge Congress to ensure that the avenue of community service and vocational training can be provided. The DREAM Act provides measurable benefits to the United States, embodies the spirit of promoting opportunity in this country, and has long enjoyed bipartisan support.

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The children did not make the choice to enter this country illegally. As long as they meet the requirements and are good citizens, give them a chance.

O'Brien Tea Party
4 years ago

Today the Development, Relief, Education of Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act) was introduced in the Senate by Senator Durbin. The DREAM Act would allow undocumented students a path to citizenship if they complete 2 years of college or military service. Students would have to have arrived before the age of 16, been here for 5 consistent years, have no criminal history, and have a high school degree or GED. The DREAM Act has been introduced for the past 5 legislative sessions. In December of 2010, it passed the House and fell only 5 votes short of passing in the senate. Locally, One Michigan led a campaign for the DREAM Act. One Michigan is a undocumented youth led organization advocating for immigrant rights. While advocating for the DREAM Act, One Michigan held rallies, marches, and phone banks. Detroit Immigrant youth empowered by national DREAM Act advocates came out of the shadows and declared themselves, “Undocumented and Unafraid.” “We are excited that the DREAM Act was introduced but to put our complete faith in it would be to ignore the political reality. We are aware that, President Obama can use his executive power to provide immediate relief to Undocumented youth. If congress is really serious on taking on the issue we’ll be there to fully support it” states Jose Franco, lead organizer of One Michigan.

ONE Michigan 4 years ago

The day after President Obama delivered a speech on immigration in El Paso, Texas, the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act has been introduced with over thirty Senate co-sponsors. But less than a month ago, a group of senators nearly as large asked the president to use his discretionary power to stop the deportation of DREAM Act-eligible youth. In order to demonstrate a genuine commitment to principle over politics, the president must stop a policy which he yesterday called “cruel.” It was no small effort to get the bill where it is today, and the National Immigrant Youth Alliance remains optimistic about its passage. While we wait for Congress to act on the DREAM Act, we expect President Obama to take the appropriate measures to ensure that DREAM-eligible youth are not deported. Ola Kaso from Michigan, who came to the United States from Albania at the age of four, was denied political asylum after a lawyer filed the wrong paperwork. Although she was accepted to the pre-med program at the University of Michigan, she will have to beat her deportation order first. Another student, Elier Lara who also came to the US at age four and excelled in school, was recently detained on a high school trip. The honors student at the University of Cincinnati is now pursuing an advanced degree in Information Technology while fighting his deportation case. The president refuses to stop deportations like these, citing a need to follow the democratic process. Yet what has been asked of the executive branch is not to circumvent Congress, but rather to end zealous and excessive enforcement by the agencies under the immediate control of the president. We want the president and Congress to see the DREAM Act through, but if both Democrats and Republicans lack the political will to pass the DREAM Act then relief should be granted to those who deserve it. It is possible; it is within the purview of the executive branch reminded by a report on Executive Discretion issued by the Immigration which outlined the steps necessary to grant relief.

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The DREAM Act would amnesty certain illegal aliens under the pretense of providing educational opportunities for children. More specifically, it would authorize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to cancel removal proceedings for certain illegal aliens and adjust their standing to conditional lawful permanent resident (LPR) status for six years if they lived in the United States for five continuous years before the bill’s enactment. Furthermore, they must: be 32 years old or younger; have been 15 years old or younger when they first entered the United States; meet the bill’s definition of “good moral character;” undergo a medical examination; not be inadmissible or deportable on certain criminal grounds including risk to national security; and have been admitted to a secondary school or institution of higher education, have a high school diploma, or have a GED in the United States. When the amnestied aliens complete their six years of conditional permanent resident status, they can then petition USCIS to have the conditions removed and become regular lawful permanent residents. The petition may be filed any time within the six months leading up to, or the two years following, the end of the six-year period. There is no numerical limit on how many illegal aliens may be granted amnesty and they cannot be counted against any existing immigration cap. To make matters worse, the legislation prevents an alien who simply files an amnesty application from being removed from the United States before the application is adjudicated completely. Finally, the Secretary of Homeland Security may at any time waive the “continuous presence” clause and may grant stays of removal for family unity and humanitarian purposes. Please see S.952 for the Senate companion legislation.

NumbersUSA 3 years ago

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) has introduced his latest version of the DREAM Act amnesty in the U.S. Senate. This comes on the heels of Obama’s immigration speech where the President called for a broader amnesty, but spent significant time specifically calling for passage of the DREAM Act. Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA) plans to introduce a House version. Durbin hopes to persuade some Republicans to change their votes in order to clear the 60-vote cloture threshold. In spite of the grand rhetoric from its proponents, the legislation is really a sweeping amnesty for a broad range of illegal aliens who meet certain minimal educational requirements. Amnesty recipients can then petition to bring in other relatives. When 24 million Americans are unemployed and underemployed, and middle-class families are unable to seek the higher education of their choice because they lack sufficient funds, we do not want a new amnesty that increases the competition for these scarce resources. Help us nip this in the bud.

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Bill Summary

To authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain alien students who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children, and for other purposes.

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