The Education For Alien Minors Act

2587 Words11 Pages
America is known for giving opportunities for those who seek them. Every year, many immigrants come to this country looking for an opportunity to better their lives. For many, it is a struggle to find these opportunities. They are being exposed to a new culture, a new language, and a new mentality. Some immigrants catch a break and go to work right away. But it is not always so easy. Many of the immigrants who come to America are young people who accompany their families on this odyssey. They are too young to work and their only option is to continue school. There is a huge barrier facing them, being and undocumented student means having almost no financial help from the government, and also having no benefits. There is also the fear of being deported while being a student. It would be devastating to enroll in school just to be deported a short time after. These issues have been mitigated for many undocumented students due to the Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors act, simply known as the DREAM Act. The Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act was first introduced by Representative Luis Gutierrez on April of 2001 as the “Immigrant Children’s Educational Advancement and Dropout Prevention Act of 2001.” The purpose of this act would have been to allow undocumented immigrant students to apply to become protected from being deported, following this; they would have been able to apply for residency. This act had criteria that individuals had to meet
Open Document