ILRC Commends Senators and Congresspersons for Introducing the DREAM Act on Wednesday, May 11


San Francisco, May 11, 2011 -- The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), other organizations and DREAM Act students commend principal author, Senator Richard Durbin, co-sponsors Senators Boxer and Feinstein of California, and at least 25 other co-sponsors in the Senate, and Congressman Berman and other sponsors in the House for their planned introduction of DREAM Act legislation into the Senate and House on Wednesday, May 11th.

The DREAM Act, which based on last session’s provisions of the bills, provides the opportunity for undocumented students who entered the United States as children to obtain legal status if they pursue college education or join the military. 

The following is a statement by Mark Silverman, Director of Immigration Policy of the ILRC.

“The DREAM Act is good and fair for these children, good for our economy, and good older Americans who will be depending for the social security on contributions by younger workers and professionals, including the DREAM Act students, and generally good for our country.  Currently, thousands of hard working young people who were brought to the United States as infants or children can be locked up in federal detention centers and deported to a country they’ve never known. Passage of the DREAM Act could stop the injustice by giving students who have grown up and graduated high school in the United States the opportunity to earn legal status through higher education or military service.”