By Ina Sotirova
Times Square’s larger-than-life advertising campaigns provided the backdrop for Monday’s rally for the DREAM Act.
First introduced in 2001, the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act would allow undocumented youths who have grown up in the U.S. to become legal residents, opening doors to higher education and financial assistance, military service and employment. Those opposed to the DREAM Act say it would reward undocumented immigrants and encourage continued illegal immigration. Concerns have also been raised that, if passed, the proposed legislation would take education spots and tuition assistance away from American students.
The latest version of the controversial bill was passed in Congress in early December, but voting on it in the Senate has been postponed.