In my intro to the profession of Social work class, we have been discussing the Dream Act.I would like to share with the class a small excerpt from an article I read for everyone to get a better idea and understanding of what the Dream Act is and who benefits from it. Although, the article isn’t the most updated one, I choose it because of the comparison of the dream act to the susceptibility to fraud at the end of the excerpt.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid on Thursday backed off from a bill that would grant hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants a path to citizenship if they enroll in higher education or enter military service. Reid failed to muster the 60 votes needed to overcome Republican opposition.
Senate Democrats, who opted to table a Senate version of the bill rather than force a vote Thursday, are expected to attempt another push before the end of the calendar year — likely next week, if a critical tax-cut deal is reached first.
“We will work with House leaders and the administration to ensure that the DREAM Act will be law by the end of the year,” Reid and Majority Whip Richard Durbin, the bill’s sponsor in the senate, said in a statement on Thursday.
Republicans have denounced the program as equivalent to giving amnesty to undocumented immigrants and said the program was susceptible to fraud.
Coming from an immigrant family, I am a full supporter of the Dream Act. Most of the individuals who are affected by the injustice are young adults like ourselves who moved to the United States at a very young age with their parents. So although they were born in another country, they grew up being “Americanized”. Unauthorized aliens are able to receive free public education until High school, however, to attain higher education it usually requires some proof of state residency. This is where the problem begins. Some illegal immigrants would love to continue their education and become something for themselves and their family. If they are limited to a high school diploma, their future looks dim. This is all interrelated to the issues of poverty and inability to move up in society. People move from their country to America, because they have the idea that it is the land of freedom and opportunity. Most people know this as the “American dream”. Yet they face the hard reality of discrimination, racism , and injustice when they arrive. I feel like most people fail to understand that immigrants have good intentions. They didn’t come here saying they were going to steal jobs intended for the “true Americans”. They came here for the same reason people are still in America. They want to take care of their family, to have the ability to feed and clothed them, to provide a great education for their kids, and do all the things they weren’t able to do in their homeland.
I don’t know if I feel this way because my mother was an illegal immigrant when she entered the United States, but I truly feel this is unfair. Everyone should be allowed to at least have the right to opportunity. The decision to take advantage of this right/opportunity is up to the individual. The Act allows immigrants to attain an excellent and higher level of education because they want to. The dream Act allows immigrants to become better and independent individuals. I don’t see anything wrong with that idea.