DREAMers Taking A Stand
Nearly 600 would-be Dream Act beneficiaries and their allies settled on a new forward path: comprehensive immigration reform that would help the entire undocumented population, not just those who came to the United States as children.
Although the network has always supported comprehensive reform, its primary focus has been on so-called Dreamers, who came to the United States as children and would be eligible for the Dream Act, a decade-old bill to give legal status to some of those individuals if they attended college or joined the military. After what they see as two major victories for their effort — President Barack Obama’s June announcement that his administration would grant deferred immigration action on some undocumented young people, and the victory of pro-immigration reform politicians in the November election — the group is expanding its goals. They want aid for undocumented immigrants in general, and more specific provisions that address driver’s licenses, college tuition and health care for immigrants. They said they will also push for an end to Obama administration-run enforcement programs such as Secure Communities that they say are damaging to the immigrant community.