Title

What Factors Enabled Passage of the LIFE Act and Failure of the DREAM Act?

Student Author(s)

Alejandra Gómez Limon

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Paula Booke

Document Type

Poster

Event Date

4-15-2016

Abstract

Light has been shed on the topic of America’s broken immigration system because of the upcoming 2016 elections. This has made candidates and all Americans wonder: if we have had a broken immigration system for this long, are there any ways to fix the issue, and have Congress and the President worked together to find a solution? My presentation offers a comparative analysis of the successful Legal Immigration Family Equity (LIFE) Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-553 and -554), and the unsuccessful Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act (H.R.1842 ) of 2011. Through the policies’ evaluation, the reasons and corresponding factors for each bill were determined and examined. The results then contributed to a personal reformed proposal that would allow for Congress and the President to aid America’s broken immigration system.

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