Recognizing America’s Children Act: What Legal Status for DREAMers Really Means

Posted by: Carla Sanchez

United States Congress members have introduced legislation that would create a path to legal status for DREAMers, which are youth and young adults that were brought to the U.S. as children. The Recognizing American’s Children (RAC) Act would enable eligible candidates to attain documentation if they meet certain conditions.

The bill, initiated by Representative Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), intends to provide three pathways to legal status: higher education, service in the armed forces, or work authorization. Immigrants who qualify will be able to apply for permanent status after five years with conditional status.

““For most of these young people, the United States is the only country they have ever called home. They attended school with our own children, graduated high school and today they are seeking to serve in our military, pursue a college degree or certificate and contribute to our economy by working,” stated Rep. Curbelo in a press release.

The RAC Act would be a victory for the currently undocumented immigrants who have established themselves in the United States. The DREAMers only seek to be recognized, and many of them seek to achieve accomplishments that improve this country. Recognizing America’s youth would be a triumph for the U.S. in general – they will contribute positively to the nation in many ways, including paying taxes and working legally.

Encouraging respect for U.S. borders and immigration laws is essential. That is exactly what DREAMers aim to earn – recognition in the eyes of the law. The Recognizing America’s Children Act will take the U.S. one vital step closer to immigration reform that is common-sense and considerate of human rights.

Follow Carla Sanchez on Twitter: @CarlaSanchez_FL




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