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Obama's advisory commission expresses support for DREAM Act

12-02-2010 09:23 BJT

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- An advisory commission of U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday expressed support for a measure to give tens of thousands of young illegal immigrants a path to legal status.

The President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders said in a statement that the DREAM Act, which grants citizenship to children of illegal immigrants if they attend college or join the military, "is good for our economy, our security, and our nation."

"Research has shown the potential of undocumented students to contribute to the economy and the U.S. workforce," said Gary Locke, Secretary of Commerce Department and Co-Chair of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

"The DREAM Act would offer a rigorous and lengthy pathway towards earned legalization that would be a powerful incentive for young people to stay in school, graduate, stay out of trouble, and contribute to the economic stability of our country," he said.

Obama has made commitment for a comprehensive immigration reform in his presidential campaign in 2008, and has made it one of his top legislative priorities in the past two-year presidency.

However, the immigration reform was stalled in Congress as Republicans put more emphasis on border security over the legalization of undocumented immigrants.

After Republicans chalked an overwhelming victory in the midterm elections and substantially changed the balance of power in Congress, a comprehensive immigration reform seems even more unlikely during Obama's remaining two years.

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