1. Type of Policy: Discuss how and why the Dream Act represents a regulatory public policy. Be specific in you discussion and describe why this constitutes a regulatory policy.
Regulatory policies include policies that seek to control or limit laws of those subject to regulations, and the violation of these laws are punishable by fines and sanctions. The Dream Act represents a regulatory public policy because it seeks to control the number of immigrants who can become United States citizens. The Dream Act aims to enable unauthorized alien students who are long-term United States residents to legalize their status. Immigrations control is a major regulatory policy and a very controversial subject in the U.S. The Dream Act strives to control the number of immigrants living in our nation because it offers specific requirements that must be met in order to become a U.S. citizen. This is a regulatory policy because the U.S. is trying to control and place restrictions on who can become a citizen.
2. Problem Identification: From a public policy perspective, identify what problem or issue the Dream Act is intending to address.
The Dream Act is trying to allow unauthorized students who were brought to the U.S. as children gain legal status or have an opportunity to get on a path to citizenship. “It would give an opportunity to undocumented immigrant students who have been living in the U.S. since they were young, a chance to contribute back to the country that has given so much to them and a chance to utilize their hard earned education and talents” (Abaddan, 2010). Those who oppose the Act believe they should be removed from the country because they are here illegally. They object to using U.S. taxpayer money to promote the education of individuals who are in violation of the law. Supporters, however, argue that many of the immigrant students were brought to the U.S. at a very young age...