Immigration reform proposal supporters head to Washington
Supporters of a specific immigration reform proposal are expected to descend upon Washington, D.C. to make their voices heard.
The DREAM Act is a proposed piece of legislation that would allow illegal immigrants who arrived in America before they turned 16 a chance to become lawful permanent U.S. residents, according to CNN. In order to become a lawful resident, immigrants would have to meet certain conditions including graduating from an American high school, living in the country for at least five years and attending college or joining the military.
Supporters of the Dream Act, like 24-year-old illegal immigrant Matais Ramos, will arrive in the nation’s capital to put their face on the immigration reform debate.
“In our heart and minds, we feel that we’re Americans,” Ramos told the news source.
Others are not so sure that the bill is the answer to immigration reform.
“The so-called DREAM Act is an amnesty plan disguised as an educational initiative. And, like all amnesties, it simply rewards illegal behavior and encourages more,” said Bob Dane, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
Regardless of what form immigration reform takes, many will likely hope that it is as successful as the EB-5 visa program, which gives foreign nationals a chance to earn U.S. green cards by investing in American businesses.