Thursday, December 09, 2010

House passes Dream Act- Senate delays vote

In a significant  win for supporters of equitable treatment of immigrants—and for smart startegies to assure that America's best-and-brightest young people have a chance to pursue higher education—the House voted 216-198 late Wednesday to pass the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. Written to address the challenges faced by young people who arrived in the country without proper dicumentation but who have excelled in high school, the legislation extends conditional legal status for five years to students who were younger than 16  when they entered the country, have lived in the US for at least five years and have earned a degree from a US high school, or the equivalent.
John Nichols in the Nation.
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