Hennessy and Harvard President Call for Passage of DREAM Act

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Stanford president John Hennessy and Harvard president Drew Faust have penned an op-ed in Politico calling on Congress to pass the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. The law would allow undocumented students who meet certain requirements to be allowed to obtain temporary citizen status so they can get student visas, work in the US, or join the military. The Senate will likely vote on the DREAM Act today.

Hennessy and Faust write:

The DREAM Act would throw a lifeline to thousands of promising students, part of our communities, who, through no fault of their own, face uncertain futures due to their lack of immigration status.

Read the whole op-ed here.

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One Response to “Hennessy and Harvard President Call for Passage of DREAM Act”

  1. George says:

    There is one big caveat to this act that Hennessy and Faust’s op-ed did not address, as expressed by the Washington Post: “Opponents of the measure, who include most Republicans but also some Democrats, say the measure is overly broad and creates a path to green cards and citizenship not only for those brought to the country as children, but indirectly through them for undocumented caregivers who knowingly broke the law.”

    I don’t know if this is a legitimate criticism, since the act does not provide a pathway to citizenship without some pretty strict requirements and hurdles. However, if it does let other undocumented immigrants piggyback on their offspring’s efforts to become citizens, there is a flaw in the bill that needs to be fixed, possibly through an amendment.

    See http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/08/AR2010120805209.html?hpid=moreheadlines for the article from which I got the quote.

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