This post has much valuable information on the DREAM Act. It comes from the National Association for College Admissions Counselors...
The DREAM Act is a narrowly tailored legislative remedy for a specific population: undocumented students who were brought to the United States as minors, and have attended and completed elementary and secondary education in the US. The Supreme Court ruled in Plyer v. Doe (1982) that these students are not to be held liable for their immigration status and therefore are entitled to public elementary and secondary education. However, current law does not provide clear paths to citizenship or higher education for these students following high school graduation. The DREAM Act would provide those paths, and would return to the states the right to determine whether qualified undocumented students should be eligible for in-state tuition. The DREAM Act does not require states to provide any benefits to undocumented students, nor does it make these students eligible for federal financial aid.NACAC supports the DREAM Act as a college access initiative, and has been working on its passage since 2001.
Please take a moment to contact your Senators and Representatives to urge their support for this important legislation using our legislative action center.
UCLA: No DREAMers Left Behind: The Economic Potential of DREAM Act Beneficiaries
Congressional Research Service: Unauthorized Alien Students: Issues and DREAM Act Legislation
Congressional Research Service: Unauthorized Alien Students, Higher Education, and In-State Tuition Rates: A Legal Analysis
National Immigration Law Center: September 2010 DREAM Act Activity
National Immigration Law Center: DREAM Act Summary
NACAC releases undocumented student fact sheet highlighting college application rates among undocumented students
Senate Democrats unveil legislative framework for comprehensive immigration reform (REPAIR) which includes DREAM Act provisions.
Tens of thousands rally in Washington, D.C. in support of immigration reform and the Dream Act
The College Board: Young Lives on Hold: The College Dreams of Undocumented Students
North Carolina Community Colleges: Report on Undocumented Students
Pew Hispanic Center: A Portrait of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States
Senator Richard Durbin's Office: Durbin Introduces Bipartisan Dream Act to Help Students
Earn a Path to Legal Residency
Library of Congress: The Dream Act of 2009
Links to Committees and Organizations
Senate Judiciary Committee
House Judiciary Committee
Senator Richard Durbin's Official Website
- NACAC's response to Rep. Lamar Smith's (R-TX) comments about the DREAM Act
- NACAC's Journal of College Admission on Undocumented Students
- NACAC's Undocumented Student brief
- Richard Alvarez discusses undocumented students and the Dream Act (Video)
- An op-ed in Inside Higher Ed.com from David Hawkins, NACAC's director of public policy.
- A summary and call to action organized by NACAC's coalition partners, the United We Dream campaign.
- NACAC's issue brief on the the DREAM Act.
- NACAC's "What You Should Know" fact sheet on the DREAM Act.
- Opening the Doors, a report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy on higher education access and success for immigrants.
Thanks to Sylvia M. for sending this along