Duncan Says It’s Time to Pass the DREAM Act

“The work you do is a labor of love,” Secretary Duncan told a group of education leaders and philanthropists at the 4th annual conference of Communities for Public Education Reform (CPER) earlier today in Alexandria, Va. Duncan thanked the attendees for their “commitment, hard work, and the difference you are making in students’ lives around the country.”

CPER is a collaborative of national, state, and local funders supporting community-led efforts to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for students in low-income areas. Duncan used his time during the group’s lunch session to address school turnarounds, the importance of early education and the need for better parent engagement.

The Secretary was met with loud applause when he said that the time is overdue for Congress to enact the DREAM Act and that we “have to get it done.” He noted that passage of the DREAM Act is an economic issue because it allows talented students to continue their education beyond high school, and prepare them for good careers.

Earlier this month President Obama once again issued his support for the DREAM Act, explaining that “we should stop punishing innocent young people for the actions of their parents. We should stop denying them the chance to earn an education or serve in the military.”

Click here to read Secretary Duncan’s December op-ed in support of the DREAM Act.


  1. Hi my name is José I was brought here when i was just Three years old. I am very proud of this country it is my home and the only one i have. All my life has been here in The US and You dont know what it feels like being illegal. You never know, you might wake up one day and Have your life changed forever. I am an Honor Roll Student and love my Schools and Teachers. Some people doubt Us “aliens” but we Some of us are better off for example my family survives every month without any government help unlike some people who are legal and have to live off The taxes that we pay, and yes we pay taxes. These people dont even care about their education they think that theyll just apply for welfare or something and it will be alright. So stop punishing us for something that wasnt our fault it was our parents. DONT JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER AND GET TO KNOW SOME OF US BEFORE YOU SAY WE ARE NO GOOD

  2. It is time to assure those who had no control over the fact that they were brought to the US as babies;didn’t find out until they wanted to get a driver’s license that they were illegal, to NOT be punished for decisions their parents made. The inability to enter an institution of higher learning after high school is wrong because we allow them to go to high school. This is that particular populations home; they no other place to be home. Most illegals take a bigger advantage of our educational system moreso than our own children; they work harder and are very talented but because of the inability to qualify for financial assistance to complete college, a lot of them quit school in the 12th grade. They feel there is no need and it’s sad to see such talent go to waste. This also contributes to our national dropout/graduation rates which are nothing to brag about. STOP punishing these very talented and committed kids…they are human just like us. It’s time to “PASS the DREAM ACT”

  3. Unfortunately, if the population we’re looking at are the ones I think they are, unless born in this country, they are also making a decision to continue being here illegally. The inability to enter a university here under those conditions is not punishing them. Go home, enter the country properly and go to school. We will welcome the students that come to us this way. To reward the breaking of the laws of any country is wrong. To reward that population at the expense of our own is a foolish error.

    • What about the people who didn’t have a choice? The people who do not have a home anywhere else to go back to? The children who were not loud enough to voice their opinion or even understand the power of a person’s decisions? What about them? How is it fair to treat these people like criminals?
      Yes, I do however understand the exception to all these arguments, but even still those people should not be chastised for a dream. There are many lines between right and wrong in this area, and many shades of gray that coincide, but if we, as a country, cannot individualize people when we say that we are a nation of the “one” and not the “many”… How is that any more right than what some of “these people” are doing?

      • Jessica you are either very ignorant or stupid… probably ignorant in that you fail to acknowledge that actions have consequences. The Dream Act will provide opportunities to “anchor babies” at the expense of another subset of the population. The Dream Act will be a continuation of the discriminatory practices affecting non-minority children who age out of system… it will continue to diminish their opportunities to achieve the American dream. Where is the “support system” for these children? It surely can NOT be CASA or any other part of the legal system. The “system” to include immigration, entitlements (social welfare), and education is broken and requires an overhaul not patchwork which is what the Dream Act is attempting to do…

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