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DREAM Act immigration law may benefit millions

The DREAM Act of 2017 is currently giving hope to some immigrants who lack the proper paperwork in New York and other states. This bipartisan bill is officially known as the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors bill. If enacted, those immigrants who are undocumented under current immigration law may be allowed to permanently legalize their immigration statuses and eventually get green cards.

U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Richard Durbin introduced the DREAM Act of 2017 in Congress in July. The bill would be especially helpful for immigrants who lack the proper paperwork because their parents brought them to the United States while they were young children. These immigrants may not qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, if they have exceeded DACA's age requirement.

Research shows that currently, around 22,000 Filipinos in particular might benefit from the DREAM Act's passage. Immigrants from several other countries, such as India, Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador, South Korea and Guatemala, may also find the proposed helpful. Overall, some 1.5 million immigrants who came to the United States as minors, called DREAMers, could receive legal permanent residence through the most recent DREAM bill. First, of course, it must actually pass into law.

With the constant changes taking place in the political realm with regard to immigration law, figuring out how to pursue a legally recognized status can seem overwhelming. Unfortunately, a lack of knowledge may end up costing an immigrant his or her status-related dream. An attorney in New York who is intimately familiar with U.S. immigration law can provide guidance and compassionate support at every stage of the process.

Source:, "More than 22,000 Filipinos could legalize if new DREAM Act passes", Anthony Advincula, Aug. 28, 2017

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