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I have a dream is an iconic quote made famous by Martin Luther King Jr Our congress also has a dream which has been a part of their potential legislature for many years now The Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors DREAM Act would be a step closer towards the theoretical melting pot which America has always been described While on the surface this Act seems like nothing but a stepping to equality it has received plenty of backlash and opposition by Republicans and Democrats alikeOn April 25 2001 this dream was born US Rep Luis Gutierrez a Democrat from Illinois was the first elected official to sponsor a federal version of what would later be known as the DREAM Act This Act was originally titled the Immigrant Childrens Educational Advancement and Dropout Prevention Act The original intent of this Act was to make a way for the estimated 18 million undocumented immigrant students to apply for legal residency and legal citizenship The bill intended 1 to provide an opportunity to certain alien children who were brought to the United States at a young age and have since been acculturated in the United States to adjust their status to lawful permanent residency and become contributing members of United States society 2 to restore to each state the flexibility to provide instate tuition to all children residing in the state including to undocumented alien children and 3 to permit and encourage alien children who were brought to the United States at a young age and have been educated in United States elementary and secondary schools to continuetheir education through high school graduation and into college The bill spelled out age residency and educational requirements It also stipulated that an applicant be a person of good moral characterAfter this Act was introduced to the senate a similar Act was drafted a few months later by a Senator of Utah named Orrin Hatch Sen Richard
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