DREAM Act Could Help America's Economy

Illegal Immigration

Illegal Immigration

A study by the Center for American Progress shows America's economy could benefit from a bill that would allow young illegal immigrants to earn a legal status.

The DREAM Act was proposed by two U.S. senators in 2001 to give legal status to children who were brought to America by their parents illegally, if they join the military or complete some level of college education.

The recent study by the left-leaning, Washington-based think tank showed the DREAM Act would add $329 billion and 1.4 million job to the economy over the next 20 years.

When asked if they support the DREAM Act, some people in the Tri-Cities said yes.

Jenny Kehm, Pacso: "If they started school here in first grade and went through the 12 years then they should have that legal right."

Dimitrious Thompson, Richland: "Our economy right now is terrible and whatever would boost the economy and get more jobs and put America back on the map, that's a good thing."

Bill Luginbill, Kennewick, said he has been following the DREAM Act in the news over the years, and he is skeptical of it because it could increase the amount of illegal immigrants who enter the country.

"I struggle with it because it just opens the door for more [immigrants]," Luginbill said. "It's kind of an amnesty, a back door amnesty kind of situation."

The DREAM Act was most recently voted down in 2010.