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Dream Act

Dream Act, an act that would provide permanent residency to illegal alien students who graduate form U.S. high schools

This bill would provide conditional permanent residency to certain illegal and deportable alien students who graduate from US high schools, who are of good moral character, arrived in the U.S. illegally as minors, and have been in the country continuously for at least five years prior to the bill’s enactment, if they complete two years in the military or two years at a four year institution of higher learning. The students would obtain temporary residency for a six year period. Within the six year period, a qualified student must have “acquired a degree from an institution of higher education in the United States or [have] completed at least 2 years, in good standing, in a program for a bachelor’s degree or higher degree in the United States,” or have “served in the armed services for at least 2 years and, if discharged, [have] received an honorable discharge.”[2] Military enlistment contracts require an eight year commitment, with active duty commitments typically between four and six years, but as low as two years.[3][4] “Any alien whose permanent resident status is terminated [according to the terms of the Act] shall return to the immigration status the alien had immediately prior to receiving conditional permanent resident status under this Act.”[5]

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NY Times Conversation on Health Care for Illegal Immigrants

NY Times Conversation on Health Care for Illegal Immigrants

During President Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress in September, Representative Joe Wilson, Republican of South Carolina, was moved to yell, “You lie!” The reason: Mr. Obama said illegal immigrants would not gain access to subsidized insurance under the proposals circulating on Capitol Hill.

In fact, the bills would block illegal immigrants from receiving subsidies for health insurance. The White House recently went a step further, announcing that illegal immigrants would not be permitted to participate in proposed insurance exchanges, where policies are compared and sold. Is it wise to leave so many without preventive care and vulnerable to infectious disease? Can the country’s overburdened emergency rooms and public hospitals continue to function without change?