As Republican leaders make a mad dash towards immigration reform, probably including some form of the DREAM Act, I can’t help but wonder if the impact of that particular piece of legislation won’t be much less than its advocates are claiming. The draft legislation has appeared in various forms. Most of the versions generally require that it applies to individuals who
- Arrived in the U. S. before age 16.
- Graduated from high school.
- Have maintained continuous residence in the U. S. for five consecutive years since arriving here.
I wonder how many people actually fit into that class or, more to the point, can prove they fit into that class? I’m guessing it’s a lot fewer than the 2 million that some are claiming would be affected. I suppose the real question is whether the letter of the law would be enforced or in practice it would become a blanket amnesty.