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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

A WALKING BILLBOARD AD FOR THE DREAM ACT

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Every American with an open mind on the DREAM Act should read Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa's story. It's time to stop making kids and young adults pawns in the immigration debate.

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  1. Reader1's Avatar
    Greg, please keep us up to date on the Dream Act as much as possible. Also, will a person who once had legal status in the past be eligible if he/she 1) came before age of 16, 2)has already completed 4 year college, 3) has been hear last five years and has good moral character? YOU'RE RESPONSE WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.
  2. USC's Avatar
    Reader1:

    Below is the text from the failed Senate CIR bill. I believe it answers your questions. However, a caveat, any future version of the bill, IF enacted may differ from this.


    SEC. 614. ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS OF CERTAIN LONG-TERM RESIDENTS WHO ENTERED THE UNITED STATES AS CHILDREN.

    (a) SPECIAL RULE FOR CERTAIN LONG-TERM RESIDENTS WHO ENTERED THE UNITED STATES AS CHILDREN-

    (1) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding any other provision of law and except as otherwise provided in this subtitle, the Secretary may beginning on the date that is three years after the date of enactment of this Act adjust to the status of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence an alien who is determined to be eligible for or has been issued a probationary Z or Z nonimmigrant visa if the alien demonstrates that--

    (A) the alien has been physically present in the United States for a continuous period since January 1, 2007, is under 30 years of age on the date of enactment, and had not yet reached the age of 16 years at the time of initial entry;

    (B) the alien has earned a high school diploma or obtained a general education development certificate in the United States;

    (C) The alien has not abandoned the alien's residence in the United States. The Secretary shall presume that the alien has abandoned such residence if the alien is absent from the United States for more than 365 days, in the aggregate, during the period of conditional residence, unless the alien demonstrates that alien has not abandoned the alien's residence. An alien who is absent from the United States due to active service in the uniformed services has not abandoned the alien's residence in the United States during the period of such service.

    (D) The alien has--

    (i) acquired a degree from an institution of higher education in the United States or has completed at least 2 years, in good standing, in a program for a bachelor's degree or higher degree in the United States; or

    (ii) The alien has served in the uniformed services for at least 2 years and, if discharged, has received an honorable discharge.

    (E) The alien has provided a list of all of the secondary educational institutions that the alien attended in the United States; and

    (F) The alien is in compliance with the eligibility and admissibility criteria set forth in section 601(d).
  3. Reader1's Avatar
    USC, many thanks for the reply.
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