Many children of undocumented immigrants have lived in the United States for most of their lives and received their education in U.S. high schools and colleges. Should the lack of a legal document prevent them from joining the nation’s work force?
Scholars, legal experts, business leaders and representatives of community organizations will be addressing the question at SMU April 9. The Simmons School of Education and Human Development is cosponsoring a symposium on the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act), which was re-introduced in Congress in March 2009.
In partnership with the Texas DREAM Act Coalition, the Simmons School will hold an all-day series of panel discussions focusing on the issue of having well-trained college graduates unable to work.
First introduced with bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress in 2001, the DREAM Act would provide legal residency to students who came to the United States as children and desire to seek higher education or serve in the armed forces. An estimated 65,000 students who would qualify for the DREAM Act’s benefits graduate from U.S. high schools each year.