Ballve, Marcelo

Marcelo Ballve is a Contributing Editor at New America Media. Marcelo writes on immigration, national affairs and Latin America. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The L.A. Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Baltimore Sun, among others.

DREAMers Wonder What's Next

By Marcelo Ballve

It was a quiet, unsurprising end to this year’s massive effort to pass the DREAM Act when the immigration bill failed this morning in the Senate. The bill needed 60 votes to end the Republican filibuster and move to a vote. But the final count was 55 to 41.

The DREAM Act would put young undocumented immigrants with a clean criminal record on a long path to citizenship if they commit two years to the military or higher education. In order to qualify, young people must have lived in the country for at least five years, entered the country before the age of 16 and still be under 30 years old. The bill passed the House earlier this month.

The DREAM Act—Shrinking Towards Reality

By Marcelo Ballve

As it inches forward in Congress, the DREAM Act has grown more restrictive.

The DREAM Act—or Development, Education, and Relief for Alien Minors Act—would provide a chance at legal residency for young undocumented immigrants who graduate from high school and go on to college or the military. But how many stand to benefit? How likely are immigrants in their teens and twenties to avail themselves of the opportunities if, as advocates hope, the act passes?

That question has driven much of the debate around the legislation in Congress, where it’s believed the Dream Act has a chance at being voted on and even passing (though it may be an outside chance) in the current lame duck session.