The Dream Act


The Dream Act


  • Introduction
  • Definition
  • Thesis statement
  • Background
  • Research objectives
  • Research questions
  • Significance of study
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Annotated bibliography
  • References







The Dream Act is a legislation that addresses the issues of the young people who have grown up in the US, graduated from the High schools in the US but their future is circumscribed by the current US immigration Laws (National Immigration Law Centre, 1). The Dream act should not be passed because; could put pressure on education opportunities available in the US; it would cost the US an upward of $ 20 billion; it is unconstitutional among others.

Critical evaluation of Dream Act shows the impending danger it has on the American future society. Although the act admits children who came to the US at 15 or after 5 years from the time of enactment, it has significantly higher legal flaws that expose the national security and economic sustainability. In the first place, illegal immigration is an issue that is already contentious in the US. Various policy reforms focused on immigration are likely to fail in regard to such legal loopholes provided by Dream Act.

Dream Act emphasizes serving the interest of children born from parents without proper immigration document. It therefore promotes such illegal immigration with ulterior motives on the parts of the parents who may end up advancing their agenda through the legally recognized children. In this era of increased terrorism, drug trafficking and other forms of violence against innocent people, the government needs to reconsider its position on the Dream Act. In the recent times, Mexicans, Latinos, African and Asians have gained illegal entry in the use with an ultimate goal of giving their children a future that includes legitimizing citizenship.

Section 505 of the illegal immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act of 1996(IIRIRA) has been a key statute that regulated illegal immigration by restricting in-state tuition and other higher education related benefits to legal immigrants and bonafide citizens only. In this way, it significantly discouraged illegal immigration and therefore, its repeal by Dream Act would deal a great blow into the government’s effort to mitigate undocumented immigration.

There is an ongoing debate in as far as the DREAM Act is concerned. The increasing political undertones that seek to address the illegal immigration, funds spent to address it, and the correlation with terror and drug cases provokes in-depth discussion to establish the best remedial measure.


Annotated Bibliography

Clark, Stephen. DREAM Act Would Cost Taxpayers $6.2 Billion Per Year, Group Says. 2 December 2010. 16 Nov 2015 <>.

This article by Clark explains that the Dream act by so allowing those in the age of 16 and below to become legal residents could put pressure on education opportunities available in the US. Further, the legislation would cost the US an upward of $ 20 billion.


Delahunty, Robert J., and John C. Yoo. “Dream On: The Obama Administration’s Nonenforcement of Immigration Laws, the DREAM Act, and the Take Care Clause.” Tex. L. Rev. 91 (2012): 781.

This article details that president Obama’s announcement of the Dream Act is unconstitutional. The differed action program by the president should involve three separate steps that are legal. However, each of the steps is painfully illegal. Therefore, taking them together amounts to constitutional usurpation of the constitutional authority of the congress.


Espejo, Paulina Ochoa. “Places to Dream.” Theory & Event 16.1 (2013).

The Dream Act is sympathetic towards Latino concerns. The article emphasizes the political charm offensive that the Dream act has to woo the Latino votes. It is basically a tool to sway the Latino votes. It identifies Latinos who pose as Dreamers as taking political advantage of the Dream Act and as such the act does not represent real agenda.


Olivares, Mariela. “Renewing the Dream: DREAM Act Redux and Immigration Reform.” Harvard Latino Law Review 16 (2013): 14-3.

This article details the Dream Act as a politically sensitive issue in the immigration debate.  Further, it details the deficiencies of the homeland security announcement that came in June 2012 granting differed actions to the undocumented young children. Also discussed is the symmetry between the push for highly skilled non-citizens and the Dream Act.


Zimmerman, Arely M. “A dream detained: Undocumented Latino youth and the DREAM movement.” NACLA Report on the Americas 44.6 (2011): 14-17.

This book details that the humanitarian aspect that relief will bring about due to Dream Act. It discusses the impacts of the Dream, act in providing legal residents to the immigrant. It further details the critics’ argument that the undocumented children are in the US because their parents moved to the US illegally and therefore should bare the brunt of their deeds.

Zimmerman, Arely. “Documenting dreams: New media, undocumented youth and the immigrant rights movement.” Confessions of an Aca-Fan (2012).

This article details the history and intentions behind the introduction of the Dream act. Additionally, the legislative changes that the Dream Act has witnessed and underlying reasons are discussed. Similarly, the political participation as well as activism that the Dream Act has inspired is also discussed. Moreover, Forms of activism and issues of contentions are highlighted.

Gonzales, Roberto G. “In spite of the odds: Undocumented immigrant youth, school networks, and college success.” (2012).

This article discusses the immigrant paradox between among the children and their illegal immigrant parents. Further the trajectory of the undocumented children as they attain adulthood is highlighted. The largest segments of the undocumented youths are further discussed and how their circumstances have been determined by the relief, education and development.

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