Dream Act Reintroduced in Congress

The Dream Act, first introduced in the U.S. Senate back in 2007, has been reintroduced by a Republican and Democratic senator and, if approved by Congress and signed by the President, would allow DACA holders to apply for lawful permanent residence in the United States despite having entered the U.S. without benefit of a visa before the age of 16 and before the year 2007. Our immigration attorneys applaud the re-introduction of this bill as we have helped hundreds of young people file for work permits in Norther and Southern Nevada as well as California. Recipients under the bill must of course demonstrate good moral character as DACA recipients have done. This would also create a path to citizenship for so called Dreamers, who would be eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship through naturalization after having resident status for 5 years.

First proposed under the administration of President Bush and then reintroduced under the administration of President Obama, neither president was able of obtain passage of the legislation in Congress. After several years of attempting passage and facing opposition by the Republican controlled Congress, President Obama, by executive order granted “early arrivals” those entering under the age of 16 and before July of 2007 to apply for a two year work permit with USCIS and receive protection from deportation until the Dream Act becomes law.

President Trump has not done away with the DACA, or Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals, program but the White House is yet to release a statement about the proposed bill.

For a free consultation, contact our immigration lawyers in Las Vegas at (702) 836-9003 or in Reno, Carson City and Northern Nevada at (775) 826-2099.

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