The DREAM ACT
The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act is a bipartisan legislation that addresses the situation faced by young people who were brought to the United States years ago as undocumented immigrant children and who have since grown up here, stayed in school, and kept out of trouble (National Immigration Law Center, 2009). It was first introduced in 2003 under the 107th Congress. It has been on hold and remained that way in the House and Senate Committee until recently. Both bills would have repealed the federal Provision and allow immigration relief to undocumented immigrants who have good moral character, came here at or before they turned 15 and have been here for at least 5 years before the bill’s enactment. Also, they will qualify for conditional permanent resident status upon acceptance to college upon graduation from a U.S. high school or being awarded a GED. According to a report made by the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) there are 65,000 undocumented students who graduate high schools all across the United States every year. What will we do with them? The prevention of the Dream Act is an issue because America is worse off when people are uneducated. Non-Citizen students will not gain an education. The country's Economy and Literacy status will decline. It leaves more people uneducated which could lead to higher crime rate. This paper we will discuss the definition of the dream act and what it is exactly. We will also go into detail of the myths and facts related to the Dream Act. These students who were brought here without their consent when they were children aspire to become great things such as doctors, lawyers, teachers, soldiers, athletes, and much more. The DREAM Act will enable undocumented students to pursue a college education and the career of their dreams. The DREAM Act only applies to undocumented students and not to individuals who where adults when they came here. This bipartisan legislation is only for minors who were brought here illegally as children. The DREAM Act is for students who have graduated high school. If the students are currently in high school and have not graduated then they will not qualify for temporary residence. Students over the age of 35 will not qualify. Also, Students who have committed crimes, were a security risk, or were inadmissible or removable on certain other grounds would not qualify. The DREAM Act only qualifies students who have good standing with the law, have graduated high school and are enrolling into a college or university. Of these 65,000 students every year that graduate from high school, most quickly become adults and enter the real world (NILC, 2009). More and more students that finish high school dream of pursuing a higher education to become what they have dreamed of. They are not admitted to schools due to their legal status. If they are lucky to get in, they are forced to pay out-of-state or sometimes out-of-country tuition for school when they have lived within the state most of their life. If the federal government doesn’t decide on this quickly there will be a lot of stressed individuals out there trying to plan with uncertainty because nothing is being done. The correct steps cannot be taken since there has been no concrete answer; everything they do is up in the air and can affect them negatively. As little as five years ago, demographers were predicting that Hispanics would not overtake blacks until 2014. But the Latino population has doubled in just 20 years largely due to high immigration and birth rates. By some predictions, it will rise to 60 million by 2020. If the government decides to not go forth with the bill and deny it, it could cause these 65,000 individuals to see the education system as a joke and not be motivated to stay in school if there in fact is no future for them. The more students drop out of school, the more struggles they will have and the more likely crime will rise in their...
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