Danyielle D.E Edwards
December 31, 2013 – January 6, 2014
“Is the American dream a myth or a reality for Hispanics today?”
What is the DREAM act?
Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors – The DREAM Act is an American legislative proposal that was passed by the American senate on August 1, 2001. The act covers illegal aliens as old as thirty-five years old. The DREAM Act “provides conditional permanent residency to certain immigrants of good moral character who graduate from U.S. high schools, arrived in the United States as minors, and lived in the country continuously for at least five years.” Also, they become eligible for a temporary six year residence if they complete two years in the military or two years at a four year college. During the temporary six year period, they may become eligible for permanent residence if they attain a college degree or have completed at least two years of college “in good standing,” or have attained two years of service in the armed forces (or have an honorable discharge). By November 2013, up to fourteen states had individual versions of The DREAM Act. Each version, addresses the cost of tuition and financial aid for state universities.
What is the American Dream?
According to dictionary.com the American dream is: “1. the ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity, traditionally held to be available to every American; 2. a life of personal happiness and personal comfort as traditionally sought by individuals in the U.S.” Writer James Truslow Adams states that “The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement…each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable...” The main idea of the American dream comes from the Declaration of Independence created by congress in July 1776. In the declaration it...
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