Senate Introduces Pathway to Citizenship for Dreamers, Potentially Altering a Generation

This week, the United States Senate introduced the Dream Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill, sponsored by Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois and Republican Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, to create a pathway to citizenship for young people in America without lawful status.

The bill, if passed, would place young people – those who entered the United States prior to the age of 18 – into a conditional resident status for a period of several years.  Afterwards, they could apply for permanent resident status (a “green card”) and ultimately citizenship.  This would be a fundamental change to the immigration system, and change the lives of millions of young people in America.

In its current form, the bill requires that