Republican Congressman Introduces “Military-Only” DREAM Act Bill

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Republican Congressman Introduces “Military-Only” DREAM Act Bill
Republican Congressman David Rivera of Florida) has introduced a “military-only” version of the DREAM Act. The legislation is titled H.R. 3823: Adjusted Residency for Military Service Act, or ARMS Act, and provides a path to legalization for illegal aliens who entered the United States as children.
Congressman Rivera says “This bill provides an opportunity for young people who have established long-standing ties in the United States, and who have a desire to serve our country, to fulfill their goals of serving in the military and achieving the American dream. If these young people are willing to die for America, then certainly they deserve a chance at life in America.”
The Adjusted Residency for Military Service (ARMS) Act will provide the opportunity to adjust the residency status of individuals who join the United States Armed Forces and meet certain criteria.
ARMS Act applicants are granted conditional non-immigrant status and are not subject to deportation through the Secretary of Homeland Security for five years if they:

 Show intent to enlist and get accepted into a branch of the United States Armed Forces
 Obtain a high school diploma or an equivalent
 Arrived in the United States before the age of 16
 Maintained residence in the United States for the preceding five consecutive years
 Have demonstrated “good moral conduct” 

Following the initial five year conditional status period, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall extend the individual’s non-immigrant status for an additional five years if he or she:

 Has served at least two years on active duty status, or at least four years reserved status, or was otherwise honorably discharged
 Continues to demonstrate “good moral conduct”
 Has maintained residence in the United States (absences for military service abroad are excused). Upon receiving the non-immigrant status extension, the conditional non-immigrant may file to have their status changed to permanent resident. 

The last time a DREAM Act bill went to congress, it included a path to citizenship for illegal alien children who served in the military or who completed a number of years in college. This new bill is only for those who serve in the military.
It will be very interesting to see what the Republicans in the House of Representatives do with this.
Q.1. What about illegal aliens who arrived in the US after their 16th birthday? Is there any way for them to apply for a federal Dream Act?
A.1. The law will be strict and will not apply to aliens who arrived illegally in the US after their 16th birthday.
Q.2. Several states have enacted Dream Acts. How do these benefit illegal aliens?
A.2. The Dream Act that was enacted in California and some other states just allows illegal alien students to attend state universities by paying in-state tuition , and may also allow them to receive funding from the state for their studies. These education-oriented state Dream Acts do not in any way provide a way for the students to become legal permanent residents.
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