Throughout the country, including the state of Florida there are individuals, who though not born in the United States, have lived here since they were children. As they grew up, they attended local schools and graduated from high schools. If passed, under the Dream Act some of these individuals would be eligible to obtain temporary residence in the U.S. Certain requirements would have to be met such as joining the military or attending college. The act is working its way thought the legislative process.
Last month, several rallies were held throughout the country to protest the pending deportation of individuals who would likely be able to take advantage of the Dream Act should it be passed by Congress. Called National Day of Action, as part of the demonstration a petition was circulated that asked President Obama to halt the deportation of those who would be eligible to stay in the country under the Dream Act. Signed by almost 3,000 people, the petition was taken to the headquarters of Immigration and Customs Enforcement located in Washington.
Another rally location was Pompano Beach, Florida. Participants in the Pompano Beach demonstration were rallying in part to try to prevent the deportation of a 25-year-old man who was recently detained after being caught in a sweep of his workplace. The man has been in the U.S. since he was 7-years-old. If the Dream Act is made law, it is possible that he would be eligible to remain in the country and continue his studies.
The final outcome of the Dream Act bill remains to be seen. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.
Source: Sun Sentinel, "Activists to rally in Pompano Beach for Dream Act," The Associated Press, Oct. 25, 2011