5 Reasons to Support the DREAM Act
The DREAM Act
The DREAM Act is bipartisan legislation that enables high-achieving young people – immigrants who have been raised here, have worked hard in school, and then pursue higher education or serve in the military – to achieve the American Dream. Specifically, the bill gives eligible young people who were brought to the U.S. as children the opportunity to resolve their immigration status and work towards citizenship. To move from being undocumented to being a U.S. citizen, those eligible will have to pass background checks and be of good moral character, graduate from high school, and go on to complete additional requirements by either attending college or completing military service. The DREAM Act is important for the U.S. Armed Forces – increasing the pool of highly qualified recruits who have completed high school. It is estimated that approximately 800,000 young people will benefit from the DREAM Act. 1. The DREAM Act promises to dramatically increase the pool of highly qualified recruits for the U.S. Armed Forces. The DREAM Act is recommended in the 2010-12 Strategy Plan for the Defense Department’s Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness to help the military “Shape and maintain a mission-ready All Volunteer Force.” David S. C. Chu, Bush Administration Under Secretary, Personnel and Readiness, Department of Defense said, “many of these young people may wish to join the military, and have the attributes needed – education, aptitude, fitness, and moral qualifications. In fact, many are High School Diploma Graduates, and may have fluent language skills — both in English and their native language. Provisions of S. 2611, such as the DREAM Act, would provide these young people the opportunity of serving the United States in uniform.”  There is a strong tradition of military service in immigrant families, but the lack of immigration status prevents many who wish...
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