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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OpenCongress Summary

This bill would give states the authority to repeal the denial of an unlawful alien’s eligibility for higher education benefits, which have been previously tied state-residency. Additionally, it allows for the adjustment from status of alien to conditional permanent resident and outlines the criteria for such an adjustment by the Secretary of Homeland Security.
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Official Summary

3/26/2009--Introduced.Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2009 or DREAM Act of 2009 - Amends the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to repeal the provision making unlawful aliens ineligible for higher education benefits based on state

Official Summary

3/26/2009--Introduced.Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2009 or DREAM Act of 2009 - Amends the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to repeal the provision making unlawful aliens ineligible for higher education benefits based on state residence unless a U.S. citizen or national is eligible for such benefits without regard to state residence. Authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to cancel the removal of, and adjust to conditional permanent resident status, an alien who:
(1) entered the United States before his or her 16th birthday and has been present in the United States for at least five years immediately preceding enactment of this Act;
(2) is a person of good moral character;
(3) is not inadmissible or deportable under specified grounds of the Immigration and Nationality Act;
(4) at the time of application, has been admitted to an institution of higher education or has earned a high school or equivalent diploma;
(5) from the age of 16 and older, has never been under a final order of exclusion, deportation, or removal; and
(6) was under age 35 on the date of this Act's enactment. Sets forth the conditions for conditional permanent resident status, including:
(1) termination of status for violation of this Act; and
(2) removal of conditional status to permanent status. Authorizes an alien who has satisfied the appropriate requirements prior to enactment of this Act to petition the Secretary for conditional permanent resident status. Provides for:
(1) exclusive jurisdiction;
(2) penalties for false application statements;
(3) confidentiality;
(4) fee prohibitions;
(5) higher education assistance; and
(6) a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report respecting the number of aliens adjusted under this Act.

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Organizations Supporting S.729

  • Asian American Institutue
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
  • AFL-CIO
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • American Jewish Committee
  • Anti-Defamation League
  • ...and 34 more. See all.

Organizations Opposing S.729

  • Federation for American Immigration Reform
  • Progressives for Immigration Reform


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