Resolution on the DREAM Act

WHEREAS, fifty thousand (50,000) undocumented students graduate from high schools across the U.S. each year; and,

WHEREAS, most of these immigrant students came to the U.S. as young children with their parents; and,

WHEREAS, as minor children, they had no control over their immigration status; and,

WHEREAS, many of these high school graduates have been admitted to colleges and universities in the U.S.; and,

WHEREAS, these newly admitted college students are ineligible for in-state tuition, federally supported scholarships, and many other benefits in higher education; and,

WHEREAS, the DREAM Act, S. 2075, sponsored by Senators Richard Durbin, Chuck Hagel, and Richard Lugar and other Senators of both parties, would grant qualified immigrant students conditional permanent resident status upon acceptance to college, graduation from high school, or award of a GED; and,

WHEREAS, the DREAM Act would repeal section 505 of the Illegal Immigration and Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act of 1996 which discourages states from providing in-state tuition or other higher education benefits to undocumented immigrants; and,

WHEREAS, the DREAM Act would allow the newly admitted college students to apply for Pell Grants, work study, and other federally supported benefits.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association supports the DREAM Act and similar legislation to provide qualified immigrant students with a pathway to legal residence and completion of their college education.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association authorizes its Chancellor, or his designee, to carry out the spirit of this resolution and to communicate its content to members of the Association, the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation, the press, and other members of the community as needed to effectuate this resolution.