DREAM Act Background

November 30, 2010

The DREAM Act is bipartisan legislation in Congress that would address the plight of more than 1.8 million undocumented children living in the U.S., many of whom were brought here at a young age, were educated in American schools, and consider the U.S. their only home.

A 1982 Supreme Court ruling (Plyer v. Doe) guaranteed undocumented children access to a K-12 education. But these same children are left with limited opportunities upon their high school graduation.

If it were passed, the DREAM Act has the potential to provide 360,000 undocumented high school graduates with improved access to higher education and a legal means to join the U.S. workforce. Furthermore, the DREAM Act could provide over 700,000 children between the ages of 5-17 with the hope of a promising future through education.

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