Friday, October 26, 2012
American Immigration Center on Who the DREAMers Are
DREAMers are young people who have been brought into the United States at a young age, and have grown up knowing nowhere but the United States as home. The DREAMers have no legal immigration status. But, many have attended school in the United States and hold U.S. high school diplomas.
The term "DREAMers" comes from the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors), a proposal that was introduced in Congress to provide a pathway for legal status to these individuals. In 2010, the DREAM Act was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010, but filibustered in the Senate. The filibuster effectively killed the bill, despite the fact that a majority of Senators, 55, supported it.
The American Immigration Council provides a detailed analysis of where the DREAMers come from, and where they are in the United States. The DREAMers are those who could potentially benefit from the President's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The American Immigration Council's DREAMers estimates can be found here.
By: William J. Kovatch, Jr.