The US Visa Dream Act is looking increasingly like it might pass before the end of this session.
30 November 2010
US Visa Dream Act could become a reality
The Dream Act, the US immigration bill that opens a path to legalization for undocumented young people who go to college or serve in the military, could have a chance at passing with Democratic leaders of the House and Senate promising to propose it in the final days of Democratic control of the House.
Thousands of students, calling themselves “undocumented and unafraid,” have led a campaign of advocacy under the threat of arrest and deportation, with marches, fastings, and staged sit-ins as well as by telling their stories via Twitter and Facebook.
Nancy Pelosi the house speaker and Harry Reid the Democratic senate leader will collect remaining Democratic members to pass the Dream Act, which provides a six- year conditional path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US by their parents before they were 16 years of age.
In order to qualify, a migrant without a US Visa or other documentation has either to obtain a college degree or serve two years in the military.
Legislators returned to work on Monday after a recess for the Thanksgiving holiday, and work to shore up support for the legislation has continued in earnest before the end of the session.
Representatives and senators elected or re-elected in the mid-term elections just finished will not take office until January 2011.