Earlier this month, University President John DeGioia appeared on WAMU to support the passage of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act.
“[The act] literally has been a dream since first introduced almost a decade ago. Before this session of Congress ends, basic fairness says it is time for this dream to become reality,” he said on the NPR-affiliated radio station.
Last Wednesday, the DREAM Act was approved by the House of Representatives. If passed by the Senate, the DREAM Act, which is sponsored by Senator Richard Durbin (SFS ’66, LAW ’69) will create a path to legal residency for those who came to the United States as undocumented immigrants under the age of 16. To earn residency, DeGioia added, these immigrants must meet “specific, high standards of excellence,” such as earning a high school diploma and attending college or entering the military.
“At Georgetown, students who meet the DREAM Act criteria are campus leaders and role models for their generation,” he said. “They are pursuing challenging majors, are actively engaged in campus organization, and regularly participate in community service.”
Last April, DeGioia wrote a letter [PDF] to congressional alumni to voice his support for the DREAM Act. According to the letter, he took a “particular interest” in the legislation after learning about Juan Gomez (MSB ’11), a student whose fight for residency was featured in the Washington Post Magazine in February 2009.