Since 2001, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM Act, has been stagnating in Congress. Essentially, this bill would grant conditional permanent residency to eligible immigrants of good moral character, who graduate from U.S. high schools and have lived in the U.S. for 5 continuous years prior to the bill’s enactment, contingent on the requirement that they attend college or join the military.
Rather than examine the DREAM Act from an ideological perspective, this article will explore the economics of the DREAM Act; both the benefits in economic growth, as well as the overall cost of passing this controversial piece of legislation. Using data collected by the Congressional Budget Office, The Center for American Progress, and the North American Integration and Development Center (NAID) at UCLA, this article will highlight the positives and the negative aspects regarding the economic impact of this bill.
Enacting the DREAM Act would have three major positive effects on the economy.… Continue reading...
Definition of “deferred action”
The term “deferred action” as discussed in our previous blog post is an administrative discretionary act, not to prosecute or deport a particular alien for a specific period of time, usually for extraordinary humanitarian or law enforcement purposes.
According to the new Deferred Action Announcement, certain young people who were brought to the United States without inspection as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria will not be prosecuted and be eligible to receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and will be eligible to apply for work authorization. These young illegal immigrants are eligible for deferred action based on Immigration’s reasoning of humanitarian reasons if they:
- have come to the United States under the age of sixteen;
- have continuously resided in the United States for at least five years preceding June 15, 2012 and are present in the United States on June 15, 2012;
- currently be in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
- have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;
- not be above the age of thirty.
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In high school a friend had an assignment describing his utopia. In case you are not familiar with utopia, its essentially an ideal world; or as Wikipedia describes it, utopia is “an ideal community or society possessing a perfect socio-politico-legal system.” I guess it was a sign that we’re not living in our own version of a utopia when my friend received this fun assignment and I was likely assigned something painful like trigonometry or geometry, clearly not my version of utopia but I digress. As an Immigration lawyer I have my own version of Immigration Utopia. My ideal world of how US Immigration should work. As mentioned above, we are clearly living in a painful time of immigration. With many people sneaking into the US with clear demand for their labor and family presence as well as others that have clearly proven their case but there are not enough available green cards to be allotted. The most painful of all, a child brought to the US without inspection or even with inspection, they mature like a normal American kid, go to high school, college, and then want to find a job only to realize they do not have Immigration status. These examples are just to show we are not living in my version of Immigration Utopia. So below is a top five list of changes that would move us towards my subjective world of U.S.… Continue reading...