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Legislative Updates for April 7, 2009

April 07, 2009 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

DREAM Act introduced: On March 26, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act) was re-introduced.  In the Senate, the bill number is S. 729, and was introduced by Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Lugar (R-IN), along with Senators Russell Feingold (D-WI), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Mel Martinez (R-FL) and Harry Reid (D-NV).  In the House, the bill is called the American Dream Act, and was introduced by Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA) and Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), along with Anh “Joseph” Cao (R-LA), John Conyers (D-CA), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Devin Nunes (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Lucille Royball-Alard (D-CA).  The bill would provide a path to legal status for young people who came to the U.S. before the age of 16 and who graduated from high school in the U.S.

More Senators and Representatives have signed on since introduction.  Among them: newly-appointed New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who announced her co-sponsorship in this Press Release.

You can find information about the DREAM Act, including links to the co-sponsors and resources related to it, on this page of our Web site.

You can also find commentary on our blog, ImmPolitic, and in our Press Release.

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