TitleDREAM Act
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsConnolly, P, Althaus, RA, Brinkman, A, Ross, J, Skipper, RB
Corporate AuthorsAssociation of Practical and Professional Ethics,
Date Published01/2013
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
KeywordsAcademic Ethics , education , Public Policy
AbstractThe Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, known as the DREAM Act, was introduced in the US Senate in 2001. Its sponsors’ intent was to provide a path to permanent residency for persons brought to the US as children by their illegal immigrant parents. The legislation would offer conditional permanent residency to “illegal aliens” who entered the country before the age of 16 and graduated from high school here, lived in the country continuously for at least five years before the bill’s passage, and have good moral character. Those deemed eligible for this six year conditional permanent residency then have two options for earning a three year permanent residency. One of these is to complete successfully at least two years of college at a four year institution. Three years after achieving permanent residency, they would be eligible to apply for full US citizenship. The bill has been debated since 2001 but has never passed. Opponents of the bill claim the passage of the bill would encourage illegal immigration and that the education provision would be a burden on taxpayers who help pay for hither education. Proponents of the bill point to the fact that children who live in the US through no fault of their own, and who have grown up and done well here, should not be denied an opportunity to achieve citizenship and that the education feature would encourage young people to achieve their full potential and contribute back to their communities.
Notes© Association for Practical and Professional Ethics 2013 Case from the February 28, 2013 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl
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