What Are Some Pros and Cons of the Dream Act?


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A positive element of the DREAM Act is that it provides a path to citizenship while redirecting resources previously focused on illegal immigration, according to OccupyTheory. Negative aspects of the DREAM Act are that it seems unfair to those who have previously complied with citizenship requirements, and that an influx of illegal immigration may occur. The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act offers a pathway for young illegal immigrants to become citizens of the United States.

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Additional pros noted by OccupyTheory are that immigrants contribute to the economy by taking jobs that other Americans do not want, thereby generating additional tax revenue; the military has a larger pool of potential soldiers to support military readiness; and ties become stronger due to the family unit remaining intact.

Additional cons to the DREAM Act, according to OccupyTheory are that the government is potentially awarding those who are undeserving, because they have not worked for the privilege; it could increase the amount of taxes incurred by legal Americans to assist with implementation of the Act; and government costs could increase due to an additional burden on the system as lower or no taxes are paid.

The DREAM Act is a bipartisan legislation, pioneered by Senator Orin Hatch and Senator Richard Durbin, that not yet been passed into law, as of 2015, according to the Dream Act Portal.

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