By Andrew Grant-Thomas,
A couple of weeks ago the US House of Representativesapproved the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, better known as the DREAM Act. This past Saturday, almost 10 years after its initial introduction, a minority of Senators used the threat of a filibuster to end all hopes of its passage.
The DREAM Act would allow young immigrants brought into the country illegally before age 16 to stay, apply for permanent residence, and eventually apply for US citizenship. There would be strict conditions. Beneficiaries would have to be younger than 30, have lived in the US five or more years straight, and have earned a GED or high school diploma. If they completed at least two years of college or military service and passed various background checks, they would then be able to apply for permanent resident status.