As I have been reporting, it appears that ACHIEVE Act may replace DREAM Act, because it allows GOP politicians who are opposed to an amnesty for illegal immigrants and scared of adding Democrat-leaning voting blocs to support it in the hope that they will be perceived as not anti-Latinos. Obviously, this does not go as far as many immigrant activists would have liked but reading the chatter online on DREAMer forums, I gather that they want some way to legalize their status in the United States. Most reasonable DREAMers understand that probability of passage of DREAM Act is very low and it is better to get something rather than nothing. It is no secret that President Obama will need the support of a lot of Republicans for comprehensive immigration reform and it is unlikely that the Conservatives will simply sign on to whatever the President wants. We all know that ObamaCare too was passed with so many provisions chopped off that many liberals were disappointed.
While it is still a work in progress, the Achieve Act does not provide an automatic and guaranteed path to naturalization. It also comes with many other restrictions not imposed on other legal immigrants in the country. Plus, not every DREAMer will be covered, though, like the DACA program, it will give relief to a lot of illegal immigrants who came legally or illegally as children. The draft document below provides the highlights of the W-1, W2, and W3 visas and conditions that will need to be met in order to be qualified.