News Release from AASCU


Contact: Jennifer Walpole (202) 478-4665


The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is pleased to endorse the bipartisan Dream Act, legislation cosponsored by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) to address the plight of young people who have grown up in America but are caught in the nightmare of their undocumented status, with regard to which they bear no culpability. These are individuals who were brought here as children, who have lived in America most of their lives, and are, in every meaningful way, young Americans except for their immigration status. This legislation creates a conditional pathway for them to earn permanent residence and eventually citizenship if they:

  • Are longtime residents who came to the U.S. as children;
  • Graduate from high school or obtain a GED;
  • Pursue higher education, work lawfully for at least three years, or serve in the military;
  • Pass security and law enforcement background checks and pay a reasonable application fee;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the English language and a knowledge of United States history; and
  • Have not committed a felony or other serious crimes and do not pose a threat to our country.

AASCU thanks Senators Graham and Durbin for their leadership on this critical issue and urges their colleagues to join them in supporting this legislation.


The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association of more than 400 public colleges, universities, and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development. These are institutions Delivering America’s Promise of Opportunities for All.