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Should the so-called “Dreamers” have a path to U.S. citizenship?

Introduced 16 years ago, the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act) has failed to win congressional approval. But, former President Barack Obama’s administration in 2012 stopped deporting individuals who meet DREAM Act criteria, under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. President Donald Trump last week announced he would end DACA unless Congress passes immigration reform legislation within six months.

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September 17, 2017 at 7:35 pm
BJ - I don't know enough about DACA to explain it well. But basically young people who met a long list of criteria could file with the government for "deferred action". This meant that the government promised not to deport them (yet), and they were given temporary permission to stay. While under deferred status they were able to get a driver's license, work legally, join the military, etc. While they were able to go to college I don't think they were given access to federal student financial aid or anything like that. While permitted to do some things legally, none of DACA granted them any form permanent status.
September 16, 2017 at 3:34 pm
Demosthenes - Next questions....How do they serve in the military? How do they get tuition to go to college? How do they have jobs without valid SSN's? How did they get SSN's while being illegal if the Dream Act was never passed? What the heck is going on? I am so ignorant on this issue that has been going on for so long!!!
September 14, 2017 at 12:04 pm
BJ - Those kids aren't eligible for citizenship. The Dream Act, never passed by Congress, would have allowed them to eventually earn permanent residency status (not citizenship). But since that never passed those kids don't even have a legal path to residency, and certainly not a path to citizenship.
September 14, 2017 at 6:57 am
The children were brought here by their parents. It's the parents that need to be deported if they are still here illegally. When you allow these children to remain you must allow all who were brought here illegally to remain. My question is why they haven't applied for citizenship by now, or have they and been delayed? Blaine Johnson
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