DREAM Act—Which Offers New Path to Citizenship–Passes House, Moves to Senate
December 9, 2010
(ChattahBox U.S. News)—A new route to U.S. citizenship may be on the horizon after the House of Representatives passed the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act yesterday, although the odds of Senate approval are still up in the air, CNN reports.
The DREAM Act would offer six-year conditional citizenship status to immigrants who entered the U.S. before they turned 16, have lived here for at least five years, earned a high school diploma or G.E.D, and showed “good moral character,” CNN notes. Before the six-year status lapses, the students would need to attend college or serve in the military for at least two years and pass criminal background checks, after which they could be eligible for a green card.
It is unclear whether the Senate has the votes to pass the Act, with some Republicans charging that the bill will offer “mass amnesty,” CNN reports. The White House disputes the mass amnesty claim, adding that DREAM Act applicants would have to pay their own application processing fees, and once approved, they would not be eligible for federal college grants, but would get in-state college tuition in their state of residence.