The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act is bi-partisan legislation that would allow young, undocumented people who arrived at a young age to the United States, the opportunity to pursue higher education and provide a pathway to residency if they meet the following requirements:

  • Arrived to the United States before they were 16 years of age
  • Reside in the U.S. at least five consecutive years since their arrival
  • Be under the age of 30 at the time the bill is enacted
  • Graduate from an accredited U.S. high school, or receive a GED from an accredited institution in the U.S.
  • Complete at least two years of higher education, or serve two years in the U.S. military
  • Be of good moral character
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report in December, 2010 projecting that the DREAM Act would reduce national deficit by up to $1.4 billion, and increase government revenue by $2.3 billion over the course of 10 years. Another study conducted by UCLA shows that an estimated $1.4 – $3.6 trillion in taxable income would be generated over a 40 year period.
 
An estimated 2,100,000 undocumented persons live in the United States that would benefit from the DREAM Act.