Little DREAMers Amendment
Wendy Cervantes (Former Staff)Children of Immigrants
Senate immigration reform legislation (S. 744) provides a five-year path to citizenship for youth who entered the U.S. prior to age 16, graduated from high school or earned a GED, and earned a college diploma, attended two years of college, or spent four years in the military. The bill’s educational requirements effectively deny children access to the DREAM path to citizenship, if they are too young to graduate from high school. Instead, those children must follow the path to citizenship established by the bill for adults, which could mean a delay of up to thirteen years.
The bipartisan Little DREAMers amendment, sponsored by Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), would make the five-year DREAM Act citizenship path available to younger children. The amendment enjoys widespread support. The First Focus Campaign for Children coordinated endorsements of the Little DREAMers Amendment by more than 180 child advocacy, faith-based, education, labor, and immigrant rights groups.