Pass the Dream Act
“The son shall not bear the sins of the father”, unless of course he’s an illegal immigrant. This is the case in America, where our absurd system of immigration is so completely messed up that right now that one-seventh of the signers of the Declaration of Independence would have been deported. These foreign-born Founding Fathers, having served in the militias and being productive members of society (read – undocumented illegal aliens), would not have qualified for citizenship. So it is with many kids in America. American kids, going to school here, learning the language and knowing only our culture, yet denied citizenship due to circumstance of birth.
Cost isn’t a problem, as the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says the DREAM Act would reduce deficits by $2.2 billion, and DREAM-eligible youths wouldn’t be eligible for subsidies like Medicaid, Pell grants or food stamps. It isn’t amnesty nor does it reward illegal behavior, because the kids in question were brought here had no say in their life circumstances. It doesn’t encourage illegal immigration, as the bill has a strict, one-time universe of individuals who are eligible. To be considered the individual must have come to America before they were 16, have been here for more than 5 years, be under 30 and have good moral character.
Our country, at least as I have come to know it, is about all men being created equal, regardless of what your parents did or didn’t do. Ours is a nation founded in the idea that each individual can strive to better themselves and overcome their station in life through personal determination and resolve. And so, I find it hard to believe that anyone could argue against The DREAM Act, considering what it does and how incredibly simple it is. It gives kids living in America who aren’t legal immigrants a conditional, 6 year path to citizenship through military service or higher education. One would think that it would make sense to extend to those who would protect our rights and freedoms by serving in the military the same rights and freedoms we cherish.