Bloomberg Law: Removing ‘Documented Dreamers’ Harms Economy, Senators to Hear

Laurens van Beek grew up in Iowa City, attended the University of Iowa, and landed a job at a DNA technology firm after graduation. But a year ago he was forced to leave the US for the Netherlands, a country he hadn’t visited since he was seven years old.

About a quarter million “documented dreamers” in the US on dependent visas, like van Beek, are at risk of aging out of legal status when they turn 21 because their immigrant parents are stuck in the green card backlog or otherwise have no pathway to permanent status. Lawmakers on the Senate Budget Committee will hear Wednesday that problems like this age-out issue are harming the economy by draining it of international talent raised and educated at US schools.

Read the full piece at Bloomberg Law.