This week’s failure by the Senate to take up the defense spending authorization bill also has derailed action on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. That act would have created a path to citizenship for undocumented youth who go to college or enter the military.
The AFSC views this delay as an opportunity to foster dialogue among immigrant rights groups, so that all undocumented youth can achieve their hopes and aspirations.
Our staff have developed this commentary based on decades of work for youth and immigrant rights and AFSC’s historic support for equal access to educational opportunities for all. This commentary explains the implications of the current DREAM Act and recommends new features in any future legislation.