The DREAM Act
America harbors a dream that is the very essence that defines us for who we are as a country, and separates us from any other nation in the world. It is the reason we are proud to call ourselves American, for we live the dream that others ache to experience. All around the globe, people clinging to their last strand of hope leave behind their homes and set out for America's soil. Their safety is a small price to pay when the only dream they wish to accomplish is living out the American Dream; an opportunity they willingly risk their lives for. But the clock has timed out, and now students of our generation feel this chance of achieving a brighter future slipping from their grasp.
Undocumented students are unable to start a better life and plan for a brighter future, sadly for a reason they can not be held accountable for. To these young adults who aspire to be teachers, engineers, and doctors, America is the only place they call home. Due to the fact that their parents brought them to the U.S. when they were young, they lack the proper legal documents which would allow them to attend college and continue their education. The DREAM Act bill proposes a solution to this problem which stands as an obstacle in the way of students looking to achieve success. A path to legal immigration status would be created for immigrants lacking documentation who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The DREAM Act bill should be passed because it gives young, hard-working students an equal opportunity to a promising future in America.
Gabriel Santiago, age seventeen, has lived in the U.S. since he was four years old after being brought over illegally. He was raised in Phoenix by his two parents, who worked long hours and left him with the responsibility of watching over his two younger sisters. After eventually learning how to manage a part time job at Subway and care for his siblings, Gabriel became very involved in his studies at school. Faculty members at Red Mountain High School loved him for his enthusiasm in class discussions and admired the leadership qualities he exemplified in his actions. Gabriel was very popular with his peers for his involvement in school activities, and for his talent on the soccer field. After graduating from high school with all honors, he went on to apply for acceptance into a university. Only then did he find out he was unable to attend college because of his immigration status. Gabriel Santiago was a star student with the same dream he shared with many of his classmates: to live a successful life and build a brighter future. America is the only home he has ever known; but now, the crushing fear of being deported to a foreign country loomed over his head.
The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, or “DREAM Act”, allows applicants who complete two years of college or military service to apply for permanent legal status. In order to qualify for the DREAM Act, a student must have entered the U.S. before the age of sixteen, lived in America for at least five years, graduated from high-school or the equivalent, and must not have committed any major crimes (“The DREAM Act: Myths and Facts”). Due to their lack of documentation, DREAMers are not able to ensure a secure future in America. These students have embraced the American culture; they are the class presidents and scholar athletes who share the same ambitions as their peers— in every sense, their dream is the American Dream.
The DREAM Act bill must be passed in order to grant students the opportunity of achieving a higher education. According to the Immigration Policy Center, “approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high-school, many at the top of their classes, but cannot go to college, join the military, or otherwise pursue their dreams” (“The DREAM Act”). If the new immigration policy was implemented, DREAMers would be given the equal opportunity to continue their education. Students...
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