Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has the right idea: Dream Act youth should be granted legal status. As AI Justice noted in a Miami Herald column, Sen. Rubio floated a proposal that would offer “Dreamers” a non-immigrant visa that could be renewed indefinitely, but wouldn’t lead to residency or citizenship.
Even better, the type of limited status Sen. Rubio envisions doesn’t have to be enacted by Congress. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) already has the discretionary power to grant potential Dreamers temporary legal status that can be renewed and allows them to work and drive legally.
The pending DREAM Act (S.952) would allow immigrant youth to earn their status and ultimately become citizens by attending college or serving in the military. Until it is enacted…..
Tell DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and President Obama:
- DHS should create a program for Dream Act youth to apply for provisional status that could be renewed indefinitely on a case by case basis.
- DREAMers want to give back to the country they love and call home.
- A Dec. 2010 report estimated that the pending DREAM Act would “increase government revenues by $2.3 billion over the next 10 years” and “reduce deficits by about $1.4 billion over the 2011-2020 period.”
- Press Congress to enact the DREAM Act, S.952 and stop the colossal waste of talent.
Send your message to:
- DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano at 202-282-8495 or EROPublicAdvocate@ice.dhs.gov
- President Obama at 202-456-1111 or the White House comment page
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