President Obama, along with top Congressional Democrats, is urging Congress to pass an immigration bill, known as the DREAM Act, before it adjourns for the year. If passed, the DREAM Act would provide a conditional path to legal residency for approximately two million undocumented individuals who were brought into the United States, through no fault of their own, before the age of 16 and remained in this country.
In September of this year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid proposed the DREAM Act as an amendment to a Defense Bill, but it was blocked by Republicans when the immigration bill failed to receive the number of sufficient votes required to pass. Reid is again pushing for a vote on the DREAM Act during Congress' lame-duck session, along with other Congressional Democrats and Immigration Reform advocates. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has also expressed support for bringing the immigration bill to the floor after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Miami immigration lawyer, Antonio Revilla, is a passionate advocate for the DREAM Act and has appeared on television and written articles to help educate the public about the importance of passing this immigration legislation, and how it will greatly benefit our country. Additionally, the passage of this bill will be an example of American values in action.
Mr. Revilla believes the DREAM Act will benefit those individuals that embody the American way of life. They have struggled and triumphed against seemingly insurmountable odds. These are people that are as American as any American citizen. They are completely assimilated into American culture and, generally, do not even speak their native language. These are people that have American citizen parents, siblings, and children. These are people who only want to contribute to make America the best country in the world. These are people, not illegals, not problems, but people who deserve the DREAM Act.
The DREAM Act is good for America, its economy, military, and culture. The immigration legislation would, among other benefits to the US, fortify our military and advance the education of our populace which would contribute to U.S. competitiveness in the global market place. As a result, the U.S. Economy would improve through the education of more of our youth, as applicants will be required to have completed at least two years of college education. It will increase the ranks of the military because one of the requirements is going to be that the applicant serve at least two years in the military.
The DREAM Act will still require an applicant to demonstrate admissibility to the United States, such as good moral character. The general basis for the DREAM Act is not to punish the youth that are undocumented through no fault of their own. The majority of these young people are completely assimilated into American society and culture. For most of the young people who qualify for the DREAM Act, life in this country is all they know and without the passage of this immigration legislation, they are still at risk of being deported.