November 28, 2011
"Amy's Story." Immigration and Multiculturalism: Essential Primary Sources. Ed. K. Lee Lerner, Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, and Adrienne Wilmoth Lerner. Detroit: Gale, 2006. 329-333. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 14 Nov. 2011.
Definition/Background History: The IRCA (Immigration and Reform Control Act) was introduced in 1986, this act enabled immigrants who came to America illegally residency and citizenship. The widespread amount of illegal immigrants caused border controls for those who are foreigners. Unfortunately Amy, an anonymous illegal immigrant, and her family surpassed the deadline by three and a half weeks. Amy tells her story about her family and financial struggles due to being an undocumented immigrant. She faced out-of-state tuition fees because of college requirements of being resident in the United States. Hiding undercover pretending to be a citizen was becoming tough for Amy so she had to drop out of school. Now she tutors and has low-paid jobs to support her parents and herself.
November 28, 2011
Bennion, David. “Undocumented Youths Organize to Pass DREAM Act.” Legal Intelligencer. 31 Aug 2009. Print. David Bennion. “Children of Illegal Aliens Should Go to College and Gain Legal Status.” “What Rights Should Illegal Immigrants Have?” Noel Merino, Ed. At Issue Series. Greenhaven Press, 2010. Opposing Viewpoints. Web. 9 Nov. 2011.
David Bennion, an immigration attorney at Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia, stated: “Each year, about 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school in the United States. They then face often insurmountable barriers to pursuing further education or employment opportunities.” By passing the DREAM Act the amount of undocumented immigrants that are already living in America could help the economy and prosper in education and employment.