The Dream Act

The Dream Act

The Dream Act as of June 16, 2012 has been in effect. President Obama stepped up and issued an executive order that bypassed Congress and allows more than 800,000 young people to stay in the United States legally without the fear of deportation. Obama did something that only presidents are capable of doing by ordering the Department of Homeland Security to stop deporting undocumented immigrations. The requirements for a person include:

  • Coming to the United States before the age of 16
  • Has lived in the United States for five years or more
  • A registered college student
  • Graduated high school
  • Served in the military.

The president stated, "This is not amnesty, this is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It's not a permanent fix. This is a temporary fix to lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people."

What the Dream Act Implicates

The Dream Act sets a stable path for young people who are active members in society. The goal is to allow them to feel the sense of security and safety that other American citizens feel. They can go to college and apply for financial aid to help them get through the expenses and tuition. In addition, they can be legally employed, and can get a diver's license; allowing them get to and from their jobs and classes. The Dream Act is in effect for two years, and then it will need to be renewed by the next president. The renewal will need to be done by either Obama or Mitt Romney.

Benefits of the Dream Act

There are an estimated 2.1 million undocumented children and young adults in the United states who could be eligible for legal status under the Dream Act. The Dream Act has a strong intention to provide undocumented children and young adults with an opportunity to live up to their full potential by getting an education and working hard. In turn, Obama's purpose behind the act is that they will be able to make greater contribution to the U.S. economy and society. Here is a list of additional potential benefits that Dream Act can bring to the United States as a whole for the economy and individuals.

The Dream Act claims it will help:

  • Universities
  • Military recruiting
  • Keep talented students in the United States
  • Reduce the drop-out rate due to a strong incentive
  • Allow legalized immigrants to invest in the U.S. economy
  • Access to a great education
  • Better jobs stemming from a better education
  • Economic advances
  • Higher pay which leads to a higher taxable income


Officers of Colorado immigration following a 6-year time period can study Dream Act cases. You must still be able to prove that you are enrolled in a Colorado college, or severed in the armed forces for two years. It is also required that you stay in good standing with the law. Contact the immigration lawyers of Litman Law Firm to talk to an experienced Colorado immigration lawyer about deferred action eligibility. We are dedicated to protecting your rights and achieving the best possible outcome in your Dream Act case. Call us today at 303-322-2222 to set up your reduced-rate initial consultation.

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