Sen. Blumenthal pushed for an broad immigration overhaul Monday, joining Conn. immigration advocates at the Center for Lation Progress the week after both President Obama a a bipartisan “Gang of 8″ in the Senate offered proposals on the same topic.
The country is currently home to more than 11 million undocumented immigrants, and Blumenthal said in a press release the reform agenda “must include a pathway to citizenship for immigrants who qualify, particularly our DREAMers.”
The DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education For Alien Minors) Act, which was first introduced in 2001, would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented students who come to the country at a young age if they attend college or serve in the military. Though Connecticut has enacted a state-level DREAM Act that qualifies eligible individuals for in-state tuition to attend colleges and universities, federal action is necessary for them to obtain citizenship.
Earned citizenship for DREAM Act-eligible students is one of several proposals to reform the immigration system suggested by Obama and the Senate. Blumenthal voiced his support for that measure in particular.
“The DREAM Act deserves passage now. I will continue to speak on the Senate floor, bringing photographs of Connecticut DREAMers, until meaningful reform is enacted for these students,” he said in a statement.