Published April 3, 2019

The Dream Act of 2019 was recently introduced by U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill, 2 Senate leaders who introduced the same legislation in years past.   If enacted, the Dream Act would make available a path to lawful permanent residence (green card) to certain longtime residents who arrived in the U.S. as children, completed or are completing high school diploma requirements, worked legally for at least three years or served in the military, pass a background check, and demonstrate proficiency in English and U.S. history.  Applicants will be required to pay a filing fee and have a felony-free record.

“These young people have lived in America since they were children and built their lives here,” Graham stated in support of the legislation. “There is support across the country for allowing Dreamers — who have records of achievement — to stay, work, and reach their full potential. We should not squander these young people’s talents. Our legislation would allow these young people — who grew up in the United States — to contribute more fully to this country. They have a powerful story to tell and this may be an area where both parties can come together.”

Whether this legislation has viability this year, unlike in previous years, remains to be seen.

PUBLISHED April 3, 2019– “IMMIGRATION LAW FORUM” Copyright © 2019, By Law Offices of Richard Hanus, Chicago, Illinois