The Hispanic American dream vs. the dream act and an overview of Hispanics' agenda in American public policy


This research study aims to support the enactment of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act) and evaluate the political, economic and cultural effects of Hispanic population in American public policy.

Every year, 65,000 illegal students graduate from American high schools and are not able to attend college due to their legal status. The DREAM Act proposes to modify current immigration legislation to allow illegal students who were brought to the United States under the age of sixteen to pursue a college or military career. This Act would also grant conditional legal residency that will eventually lead to attainment of citizenship.

In addition, using textual analysis of other authors and scholars, this paper seeks to point out the Hispanic agenda for American public policy is the same as the policy agenda of non-Hispanic Americans. This study will also include critics of Hispanic immigration, culture and language.

Through the understanding of the importance of the enactment of the DREAM Act non-Hispanic constituents might support the bill with their representatives in Congress. Furthermore, the findings on the Hispanic role in American public policy will perhaps influence the support of comprehensive Immigration Reform that could benefit American society and its economy while rewarding immigrants in their search for the American dream.


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Thesis Completion





Jewett, Aubrey


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


College of Sciences

Degree Program

Political Science


Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences;Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Assimilation; Dream act; Dream act legislation; Hispanic immigrant assimilation to U.S; Hispanic immigrants; Hispanic immigration to the United States







Access Status

Open Access

Length of Campus-only Access


Document Type

Honors in the Major Thesis

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