Contention 1) Everyone will benefit from the DREAM Act.
Adopting the Dream Act not only benefits immigrants through education, but is more productive economically.
According to Camarota, the Director of Research at the Center for Immigration Studies, 1.03 million undocumented immigrants will pursue further education as a result of the Dream Act. (Nov 2010, cis.org) The cost of deportation for these same students would reflect a number of $24.3 billion. (Clark, Dec 2010, FOX News)
Now illegal immigrants cost America $113 Billion annually, FAIR stated in February. However, once we educate these people and get them on the route to citizenship this current number would drastically change. Not only do we gain this immediate benefit but also others throughout the years. The fiscal contribution of each of these college graduates will be $9000 annually. (Lopez, Oct 2010, businesstoday.org)
Now we can all understand that A) Deportation costs more than education and B) Education results in several benefits.
Contention 2) The people affected by the DREAM act are a special group of immigrants.
We understand and value that there is already a legal route to citizenship. However, those affected by the DREAM act represent a unique group of immigrants. According to Stock, a former political science professor, “DREAM would give us the ability to tap into a huge number of people who grew up in the United States, were educated here, they talk like Americans, they look like Americans and their loyalty lies with America.”
The Immigration Policy Center provides information that many undocumented immigrants don’t know their legal status until they apply for...