Senator Reid is a champion for responsible, comprehensive immigration reform that strengthens our immigration laws and secures the border. He also believes we need to provide undocumented workers the opportunity to come out of the shadows and get right with the law in order to earn citizenship. Hard-working legal immigrants are a vital part of Nevada’s economy, and comprehensive immigration reform will help our economy recover and stay strong.
Senator Reid is a proud supporter of the DREAM Act, which allows children brought to the United States by their undocumented parents to have a chance to come out of the shadows, legalize their immigration status, and have a shot at the American Dream. Children who come to America with their parents and work hard in school deserve a chance to legalize their immigrations status so they can get the education they deserve and live a good life.
Currently, individuals who were undocumented when they were brought to the U.S. years ago – through no fault of their own – have no way to legalize their immigration status and go to college to improve their lives. The DREAM Act would address this problem by providing that upon graduation from high school, young people who have stayed in school and out of trouble would be able to apply for conditional legal immigration status.
Senator Reid believes it is not fair to punish children, many of whom were brought to the United States at a very young age and think of themselves as Americans, for the choices made by their parents. He also does not believe it makes sense to prevent these children, many of whom have been highly successful students, from going to college so they can more valuably contribute to our society and our economy.
[S 729, Introduced 3/26/09; S 774, Introduced 3/6/07; S 2075, Introduced 11/18/05; S 1545, Introduced 7/31/03; S 1291, Introduced 8/1/01;]