What's Going On With the DREAM Act?

Ed. Note: View the DREAM Act fact sheet with more information on why the Act is good for our economy, good for our security and good for the nation.

This afternoon, the White House reiterated the President's commitment to the DREAM Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation designed to stop punishing innocent young people for the actions of their parents by giving them the chance to obtain legal status by pursuing a higher education, or by serving in the U.S. armed forces for the country they've grown up in and love as their own.

Thanks to the participation of young people from all over the country, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Cecilia Munoz took great questions on whether the legislation would encourage people to come to the United States illegally (it would not) and whether the DREAM Act can be implemented by the President via Executive Order (it cannot, which is why he is strongly urging Congress to do the right thing by passing it).

Today's webchat is part of the President's ongoing commitment to engage with young people all over the country. If you'd like to be added to the White House youth engagement distribution list, send an email to youth@who.eop.gov

Miss the webchat live? Check it out in its entirety with full questions and answers here:

Download Video: mp4 (280MB) | mp3 (27MB)

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Kalpen Modi is Associate Director in the Office of Public Engagement
Related Topics: Immigration