Dream Act

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Cynthia Nguyen
Ms. Thompson
ENC 1101
November 28, 2011

"Amy's Story." Immigration and Multiculturalism: Essential Primary Sources. Ed. K. Lee Lerner, Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, and Adrienne Wilmoth Lerner. Detroit: Gale, 2006. 329-333. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 14 Nov. 2011.

Definition/Background History:
The IRCA (Immigration and Reform Control Act) was introduced in 1986, this act enabled immigrants who came to America illegally residency and citizenship. The widespread amount of illegal immigrants caused border controls for those who are foreigners. Unfortunately Amy, an anonymous illegal immigrant, and her family surpassed the deadline by three and a half weeks. Amy tells her story about her family and financial struggles due to being an undocumented immigrant. She faced out-of-state tuition fees because of college requirements of being resident in the United States. Hiding undercover pretending to be a citizen was becoming tough for Amy so she had to drop out of school. Now she tutors and has low-paid jobs to support her parents and herself.

Cynthia Nguyen
Ms. Thompson
ENC 1101
November 28, 2011

Bennion, David. “Undocumented Youths Organize to Pass DREAM Act.” Legal Intelligencer. 31 Aug 2009. Print. David Bennion. “Children of Illegal Aliens Should Go to College and Gain Legal Status.” “What Rights Should Illegal Immigrants Have?” Noel Merino, Ed. At Issue Series. Greenhaven Press, 2010. Opposing Viewpoints. Web. 9 Nov. 2011.

Positive Effect:
David Bennion, an immigration attorney at Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia, stated: “Each year, about 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school in the United States. They then face often insurmountable barriers to pursuing further education or employment opportunities.” By passing the DREAM Act the amount of undocumented immigrants that are already living in America could help the economy and prosper in education and employment. Negative Effect:

Keeping the act repealed is beneficial because the amount of illegal immigrants in America could incline. By permitting the “Dreamers” to pay in-state-college tuition and become a citizen of U.S. would promote more illegal immigrants into America.

Cynthia Nguyen
Ms. Thompson
ENC 1101
November 28, 2011

"Dream on." America 19 July 2010: 5. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 14 Nov. 2011.

Positive Effects:
President Obama reignited the idea of allowing illegal immigrants education and ability to attend colleges under certain circumstances written in the DREAM Act. He states “We should stop punishing innocent young people for the actions of their parents by denying them the chance to stay here and earn an education and contribute their talents to build the country where they’ve grown up.” With this idea, this allows the children who are documented an opportunity to succeed in the United States not only for themselves, but our economy as well.

Cynthia Nguyen
Ms. Thompson
ENC 1101
November 28, 2011

Ling-Ling, Yeh. “The Dream for Some, a Nightmare for the Rest.” The Daily Californian. 19 Oct 2007. Print. Yeh Ling-Ling. “Children of Illegal Aliens Should Not Go to College and Gail Legal Status.” “What Rights Should Illegal Immigrants Have?” Noel Merino, Ed. At Issue Series. Greenhaven Press. 2010. Print. Opposing Viewpoints. Web. 9 Nov. 2011.

Undesirable Effects:
Yeh Ling-Ling an executive director of the Diversity Alliance for a Sustainable America, and an immigrant states “Passing the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, is a bad idea.Allowing illegal immigrant students to pay in-state college tuition and gain residency would only encourage more illegal immigrants in the United States. The act would have a negative economic impact and hurt American citizens.” Passing the Dream Act would economically stress our funds because in reality most illegal immigrants are...
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