S.729 - Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2009

A bill to amend the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to permit States to determine State residency for higher education purposes and to authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain alien students who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children, and for other purposes. view all titles (3)

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  • Short: Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2009 as introduced.
  • Short: DREAM Act of 2009 as introduced.
  • Official: A bill to amend the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to permit States to determine State residency for higher education purposes and to authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain alien students who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children, and for other purposes. as introduced.

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    spencer063 07/20/2009 1:48pm
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    My parents would have sent me to college also if they did not pay Taxes.

  • CHADmtz 04/28/2009 7:18am

    (PART III) They brought me when I was 7. We didn’t choose to be brought to the US. Not any more than anyone else chose whether to be born or not. But we are here now. Here we grew. Here we made our friends. Here we have our neighborhood. Our family, our church; here we volunteer, here we spend our money on food, housing, clothes, cars, gas, utilities, entertainment… This is the only life we know, just as you don’t know any other life than the one you are living.

  • CHADmtz 04/28/2009 7:18am

    (PART IV and LAST) Now, imagine someone would come over one day and tell you: “We know you didn’t have a choice in being who you are and having the things you have and doing the things you’ve done because maybe you didn’t know any better, but in reality, the truth is that you’ve got it all wrong and you shouldn’t be here; as a matter of fact, why don’t you go to a country you don’t know, with a language you can’t speak, and just… stay there. We don’t need you, nor do we need the contribution you can make with your hard-earned degree.” It sure starts sounding a lot like intolerance, bigotry and fascism, doesn’t it?

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    blessed777 05/14/2009 10:56am
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    I Agree with you 100% many of us live our lives behind curtains. Performing roles that benefit this country but our audience does not applause our accomplishments. I am sure that if you had been legal already you would have your dream career. We are in the same situation a degree that does not matter. A pin number that pays taxes but are not acknowledged. A country that I love and don’t love me in return. A life that seems to continue but has a blurry future, pass the DREAM ACT we will not disappoint America. In return we will work hard to make America Brighter and wonderful for all.

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    MyGunsProtectMyFreeSpeechandMe 09/10/2009 12:11am

    My that is a lovely straw man fallacy you have constucted.

    >> maybe you didn’t know any better

    Ignorance of the law is no excuse.

    >> with a language you can’t speak

    That is Poor Prior Planning.

    >> and just… stay there

    That would likely be as illegal there as IT IS ILLEGAL HERE.

    >> intolerance

    One ought NEVER tolerate evil acts (like FELONY INVASION of America).

    >> bigotry

    It is neither irrationality nor hatred that propels the argument against giving citizen’s resources to FELONY INVADERS.

    >> fascism

    Enforcing the righteous laws of the land, justice, is NOT synonymous with fascism.

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  • mlunajr01 05/02/2009 10:17am

    (Part I)The Dream Act will bring nothing but positive results to our country and our communities. These kids are already here and are part of our system. Giving them the opportunity to pursuit a higher education will not only add more tax payers to our country, but also more prepared and educated people which will result on a higher standard of living and less crime. We need to stop blaming Juan who cleans our yards, cooks our food, works in our roads for $7 an hour and pays taxes and into a social security system and will not get anything in returned. And on top of that we blame him for our mistakes and tell him his kids will not have the right to go to school and are condemn to live in poverty like him.

  • mlunajr01 05/02/2009 10:19am
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    (Part II). I know a lot of people that are here illegally and pay into our social security system, pay taxes, own homes and pay property taxes which pay for county services such as public schools and community college as well as police and fire departments. It’s not your tax money that is paying for their education. The right for a higher education should not just be for citizens or residents or illegals, but for everyone because a well educated community benefits all of us. What do you think it will happen if you get 15 million people or more out of the U.S. tomorrow? Think of the consequences and if that’s even possible.

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    MyGunsProtectMyFreeSpeechandMe 09/10/2009 12:12am

    If you are a


    your presence is detrimental to society.

  • mlunajr01 05/02/2009 10:20am

    (Part III)The Dream Act is not giving anybody a free pass because they still have to pay for tuition. An illegal immigrant will not pay less than me to go to the same school a go to, but the same. This is what America is all about and the Dream Act will get pass, whether or not these racist and selfish people like it or not. Instead of blaming the immigrants for our situation take a look at you self and accept your mistakes.

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    davis_jce 06/01/2009 6:09pm
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    I am appalled that you think it is racist to think differently than you. I don’t hear anybody saying anything about the ethniticities of the American citizens. Some people who are against this bill just might be Mexican, African, Middle Eastern, or Asian. So are they racist now that they are Americans and want laws to favor Americans. Why is it to be pro American means your racist. Just like their children I too had no choice in where I was raised. I went where my parents took me. Didn’t everybody. Do they love America so much that they want to learn the language. I think we would all do anything to make a better life for our children. I want mine learn our history and what their fore fathers died for.

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    kalanndra 06/23/2010 5:04pm
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    I disagree that this law does not favor Americans. More educated people = more educated ideas, therefore more jobs, and fewer people on welfare, and a better society. It’s plain and simple.

  • kevinmcc 05/07/2009 11:55am

    If you were brought here before the age of 13, have been in the US continually and are now 18, I believe you should be able to become a citizen legally. Once you have resident alien status, you can go to college, but should not receive benefits until you are a legal citizen.

    If you were older than 13, you would not be able to be come a citizen until you return to your home country and start the immigration processes like everyone else. Illegal immigration to the US after application for citizenship or after being deported would bar you from becoming a citizen.

  • Americafirst 05/18/2009 10:00pm
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    Illegal is illegal. DEPORT THEM!
    Name me another country that gives jobs, education, citizenship to ILLEGALS!
    Mexico allows no foreigner to work. PERIOD! Why dont we have the same laws?

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    exodos3410 06/03/2009 1:55pm
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    You incompetent, unsympathetic, ignorant, unintelligent “American”! We are americans too!

    1. we grew up in this country, do not remember our motherlands, and have worked hard to achieve what we have.

    2. all immigrants are not from Mexico!

    3. If you want to put “America first”, then consider this: with the economy in the terrible state that it is, some intelligent college graduates would benifit our country’s economy. their taxable income would help America improve its terrible state.

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  • carlos1123 05/20/2009 4:04pm

    Besides from the elaborate pun-intended similes made here by both sides of the debate, I don’t think anyone opposing the Dream ACT can ever understand what it feels like to be dragged as a child from your birth place, and be demanded to become “someone,” while all the forces around try to stop you. As for me I know very well that feeling, and it is that challenge that keeps me going everyday to overcome and defy what society dictates from me. Just like that lion at the zoo, you can’t expect us to simply return to our habitat. This land is the only land I’ve ever known, don’t ask us to return to a place that is no longer ours. Stop blaming us for your problems, we will help this country become stronger, please PASS THE DREAM ACT.

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    Dreamer23 06/02/2009 7:57pm
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    Lions at the zoo…
    I love it…thats how I feel.
    Can’t wait to get out!

  • davis_jce 06/01/2009 2:19am
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    I agree they are much more educated in manipulating the system. I say pass the dream act and let them suffer under the same rights that I do. If we are all considered for financial aid based on our parents income. The illegals have no prior income tax reported though they made more than my parents did partially because they had to pay property tax that goes to funding education. They also had to pay for child care, health insurance and pay for school lunches. We didn’t get any food stamps because their income was all reported to the IRS so they had to be honest about taxable income, though our illegal neighbor who made more than my parents especially after being able to take advantage of all these programs for low income families didn’t. To add insult to injury they also were able to receive the same stimulus dollars based on what they got because they got a tax refund based on earned income credit.

  • Movin333 06/09/2009 3:35am
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    I can not even believe this bill is being considered. We are looking to reward people who are breaking our laws with citizenship, tax incentives and educational benefits.

    A interesting summry has been provided by CNN for your review.


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    cxlof45 06/12/2009 3:06am
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    Do you study your history?

    migration existed way before so call civilisation where there is plenty
    the hunters and animals would go, Men in ancient time move from villages
    to city like Rome to be a part of a great thing, the Europeans came here for more land and gold, the Found Indians Did the Indians Deport
    them no they traded, learned and exchange cultures, then slauther each
    other over Land. Now we created a system no different than the old worlds only difference we twich it a bit.Every human being wants whats best for him and family. So if a man wants to bring his family and the
    embassy refused to let him. we can stop him from finding alternative
    entry point. Put your self in the shoe of afamily thats form a poor country, power struggles and all the other economic down turns what woul you do? so they come here big deal give their rights let pay tax and the rest of it. No videos found for “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uccrUkfwrwA” Promoted Videos

  • Julie13 06/09/2009 9:00am

    As i read these comments of some non-sense, uneducated and illiterate folks who do not care of know the actual Tax Money data and love to express themselves as they know everything about the U.S. revenue system.

    The truth is majority of the undocumented students are not eligible to receive any FINANCIAL AID, LOANS OR GRANTS. We pay every penny from our pockets to complete each and every semester and class credit hour. I personally paid about 6,000 USD every semester to finish that one semester until the next one.

    According the legal system, if all of the 20+ million illegal immigrants were considered Criminals, why haven’t they been arrested yet? B/c the real definition of a criminal defines as someone who commits crime as to harming others.

    Stop all the BS and help enhance OUR AMERICAN EDUCATION SYSTEM when compared to those of China’s and India’s, outperforming the numbers of graduating college students.

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  • Americafirst 06/13/2009 2:18pm
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    US immigration law should be simple.
    No foreigner may work in USA. PERIOD!
    You can marry in.
    or you can bring in $10,000,000 for investment and provide jobs for Americians.
    That is all that immigration should allow.

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    kalanndra 06/23/2010 4:59pm

    Are you insane? The economy would crash in a day without all the LEGAL foreign workers. Besides, all of the large corporations would simply leave with that kind of regulation, and go for countries with more EDUCATED populations, such as China, India, Europe, etc.

  • betomedina89 06/15/2009 11:33am
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    this bilol will help me in alot of ways so i can work and go to college and like myself it will help alot of latinos

  • herostyyle 06/18/2009 3:09pm
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    This help will out the young adults that have a Dream, that why its call the Dream Act. think about this how you feel if u where not able to pursue your dreams. You want it so bad and just because mistakes that you didn’t make.you cant have it. Think about that.

    This is not only for Mexican’s. it IS KIDS all race and color.



  • Bud9342 07/05/2009 9:16am

    How is the term ILLEGAL immigrant being misunderstood. Even a State should not have the power to grant LEGAL status to a person who is not in this country leagally and require tax payers and LEGAL immigrants to pay for them!

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