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September 15, 2010
The DREAM Act (S.729/H.R.1751)
Specifically, the bill gives eligible young people who were brought to the U.S. as children the opportunity to resolve their immigration status and work towards citizenship. To move from being undocumented to being a U.S. citizen, those eligible will have to pass background checks and be of good moral character, graduate from high school, and go on to complete additional requirements by either attending college or completing military service.
1. The DREAM Act promises to dramatically increase the pool of highly qualified recruits for the U.S. Armed Forces.
The DREAM Act is recommended in the 2010-12 Strategy Plan for the Defense Department’s Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness to help the military “Shape and maintain a mission-ready All Volunteer Force.”
David S. C. Chu, Bush Administration Under Secretary, Personnel and Readiness, Department of Defense said, “many of these young people may wish to join the military, and have the attributes needed – education, aptitude, fitness, and moral qualifications. In fact, many are High School Diploma Graduates, and may have fluent language skills — both in English and their native language. Provisions of S. 2611, such as the DREAM Act, would provide these young people the opportunity of serving the United States in uniform.” 
2. The DREAM Act is supported by 70 percent of likely voters and by leaders in education, the military, business and religious orders.
A national poll of 1,008 adults, conducted by Opinion Research Corporation for First Focus in June 2010, shows that support cuts across regional and party lines with 70 percent overall support, 60% support from Republicans and 80% support from Democrats.
University presidents and educational associations, as well as military recruiters, business and religious leaders have called on Congress to pass the DREAM Act.
3. The DREAM Act is a great return on money we have already invested and will prepare the country for the global economy.
The students who would benefit under the DREAM Act have been raised and educated in the U.S. State and local taxpayers have already invested in the education of these children in elementary and secondary school. America deserves a return on their investment.
Today’s global economy requires an educated and skilled workforce capable of acquiring, creating, and distributing knowledge. Passage of the DREAM Act will mean a group of talented, multi-lingual and multi-cultural workers will help America compete with innovators throughout the world.
Leading businesses such as Microsoft have endorsed the DREAM Act because they recognize that our broken immigration system is draining our economy of the talent and resources needed to compete in the global economy.
4. Passage of the DREAM Act will reduce high school dropout rates and enable more students to attend college.
5. Passage of the DREAM Act will increases revenues in our communities.
 [CQ Congressional Testimony; ‘Immigration and the Military’; July 10, 2006]
 Margaret Stock, The DREAM Act: Tapping an overlooked pool of homegrown talent to meet military enlistment needs, (Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, January 15, 2006).
 Roberto Gonzales, Young Lives on Hold: The College Dreams of Undocumented Students, (College Board Advocacy, April 2009).