One day after meeting with pro-amnesty celebrities, President Obama continued to push for the DREAM Act on April 29, 2011 while delivering the commencement address at Miami Dade College in Florida. Obama told the audience, “I know that several young people here have recently identified themselves as undocumented…. And I will keep fighting alongside many of you to make the DREAM Act the law of the land.” “Whether your ancestors came here on the Mayflower or a slave ship; whether they signed in at Ellis Island or they crossed the Rio Grande—we are one people,” he told the crowd.
Just two weeks later, on May 11, Senate Democrats reintroduced the DREAM Act. This version of the bill (S. 952) would have granted amnesty to approximately two million illegal aliens by initially conferring a six-year conditional legal permanent residency (green card status) upon an illegal alien if he/she met the following requirements (§§ 3-4):
- Has been in the U.S. more than five years prior to the date of enactment;
- Was 15 years old or younger when they entered the U.S.;
- Has been a person of good moral character since the date of entry into the U.S.;
- Has not been convicted of a felony, imprisoned for an aggregate of 90-days, and is not otherwise inadmissible under certain provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act;
- Has been admitted to an institution of higher education OR obtained a high school diploma or general education development certificate (GED); and
- Was 35 years old or younger on the date of enactment.
To have the conditional status removed and become a legal permanent resident, the alien would also have had to complete at least two years at an institute of higher education in the U.S. or serve in the military for at least two years. (§ 5)
Read more at FAIR’s President Obama’s Record of Dismantling Immigration Enforcement.