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Titles (5)

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DREAM Act
Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act

Short Titles as Introduced

DREAM Act
Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act

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Official Titles as Introduced

A bill to amend the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to permit States to determine State residency for higher education purposes and to authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain alien college-bound students who are long term United States residents.


Actions Overview (2)

Date Actions Overview
06/20/2002Committee on the Judiciary. Reported by Senator Leahy with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and an amendment to the title. Without written report.
08/01/2001Introduced in Senate

All Actions (5)

Date All Actions
06/20/2002Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 425.
Action By: Senate
06/20/2002Committee on the Judiciary. Reported by Senator Leahy with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and an amendment to the title. Without written report.
06/20/2002Committee on the Judiciary. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
08/01/2001Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (text of measure as introduced: CR S8581-8582)
Action By: Senate
08/01/2001Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR S8581)
Action By: Senate

Cosponsors (18)


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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
Senate Judiciary08/01/2001 Referred to
06/20/2002 Markup by
06/20/2002 Reported by

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Reported to Senate with amendment(s) (06/20/2002)

Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act or the DREAM Act - Amends the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to repeal the denial of an unlawful alien's eligibility for higher education benefits based on State residence unless a U.S. national is similarly eligible without regard to such State residence.

(Sec. 3) Authorizes the Attorney General to cancel the removal of, and adjust to permanent resident status, an alien who: (1) has attained the age of 12 prior to enactment of this Act; (2) files an application before reaching the age of 21; (3) has earned a high school or equivalent diploma; (4) has been physically present in the United States for at least five years immediately preceding the date of enactment of this Act (with certain exceptions); (5) is a person of good moral character; and (6) is not inadmissible or deportable under specified criminal or security grounds of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Authorizes the Attorney General to take similar steps with respect to an alien who: (1) would have met such requirements during the four-year period immediately preceding the enactment of this Act; and (2) is enrolled in, or has graduated from, an institution of higher education.

Directs the Attorney General to establish a procedure permitting an alien to apply for cancellation and adjustment without being placed in removal proceedings (in addition to cancellation and adjustment availability in removal proceedings). Provides for: (1) expedited application processing without additional fees; and (2) confidentiality of applicant information.

Prohibits the removal of an alien who has not yet received a high school diploma or equivalent but has a reasonable opportunity of meeting the requirements under this Act. Permits such an alien to work.

(Sec. 4) Directs the Attorney General to report annually on the number, status, and disposition of applications under this Act.