The U.S. House of Representative approved the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act by a vote of 216-198. The legislation provides non immigrant status to individuals who came to the U.S. before age 16, have lived in the U.S. for at least five years and who have graduated from high school or earned their GED. Before they can become legal residents of the U.S., the individuals must complete two years of college or military service among other requirements.
While the immigration debate continues on, the DREAM Act offers safety to illegal immigrants who have grown up in the U.S. The DREAM Act was supported by both Republicans and Democrats in the House.