Congress is in recess for the rest of the month, leaving many to wonder about the future of comprehensive immigration reform which passed in the Senate, but faces stiff resistance by House Republicans. In the absence of congressional action the focus appears to be shifting back to the DREAM Act, a long-standing proposal to provide a path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants.
It was recently suggested that Republicans in the House would support a version of the DREAM Act. And if Congress doesn’t act, some wonder if President Obama will take unilateral steps to protect the parents of young undocumented immigrants who qualify for Deferred Action, an earlier reprieve ordered by the Administration.
In the meantime, DREAMers and immigration reform advocates have kept up the pressure, with 41 people arrested in an act of civil disobedience in Washington DC on August 1st, and the Dream 9 being released from Arizona’s Eloy Detention Center just last week.
Journalist Helga Salinas recently produced an interactive timeline to track the development and progress of the DREAM Act, starting with it’s introduction in 2001 and including highlights of the past twelve years of undocumented youth activism.
Feet in 2 Worlds reporters have also been following the evolution of the DREAM Act. Check out some of our articles, podcasts, and videos:
Report: Immigration Reform Will Create A More Productive Economy
The Feet in 2 Worlds #LatinoVote Town Hall Video
Podcast: For Latino Voters it’s Immigration & the Economy, Not Necessarily in that Order
Crowds of DREAMers – Undocumented Immigrant Youth – Get Legal Counseling as We Ask “What’s Next?”
The Road to Deferred Action – Tracing the Story of the DREAM Act
Jose Antonio Vargas After a Year of Living Dangerously
I am UndocuQueer – A Young, Undocumented, Gay Artist Advocates for the DREAM Act
Drifting Youth: Undocumented and Awkward
Podcast: DREAM Act Advocates – Young, Undocumented and on Facebook
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