Dream Act

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Rafael Velasquez
November 3, 2011
Legislative Analysis
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The DREAM act is a bill that was first introduced to congress in 2001 and has been reintroduced in recent years. The latest reintroduction of the bill occurred in May 2011. The DREAM act would provide a pathway for students to obtain legal status in the United States based on certain requirements rather than their parent’s status (“DREAM Act”). I support the DREAM act. Though, it is not perfect it does provide a comprehensive solution to our current immigration problem. The act would motivate students to be active in their communities and would encourage them to seek higher academic standards. Tying residency status to good academic performance and a good moral behavior would greatly reduce crime rates, and illegal activities that young Hispanic students many times see as their only option. Drawing from personal experience I have encountered many bright classmates who have simply given up because of their lack of opportunities. Many of them had been brought to the U.S by their parents when they were young, and see themselves as Americans. Due to a lack of opportunity in a career of their choice, many of them simply stop trying and drop out of school or just accept a passing grade. During my time in Houston, Texas, I met many bright students who were disappointed that much of their academic efforts were going to be ignored and no matter how outstanding their performance in the classroom was they were destined to a life of hard labor. Many of those students I met continued to excel in their classes regardless because they were dedicated, and focused on their goals. It is important to understand who the DREAM act would target. The bill would specifically provide opportunities for many children who were brought illegally to the United States. These children were typically very young, some of them even babies, when their parents crossed the dangerous border into the country. As a result these children...
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