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An Analysis of Potential DREAM Act Beneficiaries

As Many as 2.1 Million Young People Could Be Eligible for the DREAM Act, Though Far Fewer Would Meet its Education or Military Service Requirements for Legalization

Published: Jul 9, 2010 7:00 am By: Migration Policy Institute

DREAM vs. Reality: An Analysis of Potential DREAM Act Beneficiaries

"Slightly more than 2.1 million unauthorized immigrant youth and young adults could be eligible to apply for legal status under the DREAM Act legislation pending in Congress, according to a new Migration Policy Institute analysis that offers the most recent and detailed estimates of potential beneficiaries by age, education levels, gender, state of residence and likelihood of gaining legalization. Prepared by MPI's National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, DREAM vs. Reality: An Analysis of Potential DREAM Act Beneficiaries, makes clear, however, that far fewer people would likely obtain legal status because of barriers limiting their ability to take advantage of the legislation's educational and military routes to legalization. In the report, authors Jeanne Batalova and Margie McHugh estimate that only 38 percent -- or 825,000 -- of the 2.1 million potentially eligible DREAM Act beneficiaries likely would gain permanent legal status." MPI, July 2010.

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