The House of Representatives approved the DREAM Act that offers a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who go to college or serve in the military. The vote was 216-198. The idea is not to punish children for what their parents did, and help the economy.
The legislation would give hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants a chance at becoming legal. The requirements state that, to be eligible, a person must have been brought to the United States before he or she was 16, been in the United States for five years, earned a high-school degree and be attending college or be in the military.
A Congressional Budget Office analysis this month estimated the House version of the DREAM Act would reduce deficits by about $2.2 billion and increase revenues by $1.7 billion over the 2011-2020 period. It estimates that the Senate version of the legislation would reduce deficits by about $1.4 billion and increase revenue by $2.3 billion over the 2011-2020 period.