Dream Act or Nightmare Act?

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The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act of 2011, proposes to allow children of undocumented immigrants that were brought to the United States before their fifteenth birthday who have lived in America for at least five years straight to apply for permanent residency once they graduate from high school or achieve a GED. Conditionally, these children must be admitted into a college and complete a two-year degree or serve two years in the military. They must also be free of criminal convictions and have an honorable character. In addition, the DREAM Act would reverse current law to allow states to provide taxpayer subsidized in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants. An estimated 1.1-2.1 million illegal aliens would be eligible to receive DREAM Act amnesty. The DREAM Act would not just affect immigrants though; it would harm Americans as well. As long as someone is here illegally, no matter how that came to be, they should not be entitled to remain here, much less receive a college degree using financial aid which should only be provided for US citizens or those that entered the country legally. The DREAM Act should not be approved due to the negative effects it would have on America’s economy, education, and future of immigration. Due to the lack of funds coming in from illegal immigrants, the DREAM Act would have a negative effect on America’s economy. The Democratic Party continues to push the passage of the DREAM Act despite the fact that this costly legislation will make a difficult job market worse, place a higher tax burden on Americans, and ensure greater difficulty in balancing budgets on the state and federal level. Granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens will make it even more difficult for unemployed Americans to find work. With the unemployment rate at 9.8 percent, the last thing American job hunters need is millions of DREAM Act amnesty recipients competing with them for work. The DREAM Act does not provide...
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