Final AbstractThis research paper addresses why the federal DREAM Act should be enacted by the United States government, as well as why state DREAM Acts have many issues. The federal DREAM Act benefits immigrants who lived in the United States as minors, and who are of good moral character. It opens many doors for immigrant students that state DREAM Acts do not. For instance, with the federal DREAM Act immigrants gain conditional permanent residency, a social security number, working papers, a license, and federal benefits such being eligible for a college or university’s federal aid. The state versus federal act is a matter of allowing immigrants the chance to become citizens, give back to their communities, participate in the government, and gain a higher education.
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