National Legislation

Many legislative changes were made that directly affect the welfare of undocumented students. Read below for a list on these changes!

 

Federal DREAM ACT (S. 1291):

The Federal Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act was authored by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Orrin Hatch, and originally introduced to the United States Senate in 2001. The act, according to the White House's description, would contribute to our military's recruitment efforts, aid our country's economy, and allow immigrants to obtain legal status by attending college or serving in the military. Although it has been introduced several times, it has not yet passed. 

What is the Federal DREAM Act?

 

Plyler v. Doe (457 U.S. 202):

The Supreme Court case of Plyler v. Doe in 1982 decided that immigrants, both adults and children, shall not be denied the right to an education. The courts ruled that denying undocumented individuals an opportunity to attend public schools discriminated upon their Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

What is the Plyler v. Doe case?