News: DREAM Act Announcement

June 16, 2012

The Center for the Human Rights of Children continues to support the DREAM Act. As such, the CHRC commends Obama’s announcement on June 16, 2012, which halts removal proceedings for eligible DREAM Act-eligible immigrant children. Those who demonstrate that they meet certain criteria, will be eligible to receive deferred action and protected from removal proceedings for a period of two years, subject to renewal. It provides discretionary relief to approximately 800,000 young adults who were brought to this country at a young age, with or without their consent. It also allows them to work legally, to provide for themselves and their families, and to contribute to the U.S. via tax revenue. This does not constitute the comprehensive, original DREAM Act, but is still a promising motion toward advancing the rights and protections of undocumented immigrant youth.