The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act was legislation introduced in the U.S. Congress in 2001, intended to allow undocumented college students and undocumented military members to gain legal immigration status by their college enrollment or military service. These undocumented children stayed in school by virtue of Plyler v. Doe, the 1982 Supreme Court case that struck down restrictive Texas laws that would have allowed school districts to charge tuition or to ban unauthorized students outright from the public schools. Over the many years since Plyler, school districts have accommodated the children, who, against all odds, are graduating and applying to colleges and universities. The DREAM Act has never been passed by both the House and the Senate.

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