Do you support the DREAM Act?The Dream Act provides citizenship to immigrant children born in the United States if they graduate high school and college.  Here is an excerpt about the bill...

Do you support the DREAM Act?

The Dream Act provides citizenship to immigrant children born in the United States if they graduate high school and college.  Here is an excerpt about the bill wikipedia:

This bill would provide conditional permanent residency to certain illegal and deportable alien students who graduate from US high schools, who are of good moral character, arrived in the U.S. illegally as minors, and have been in the country continuously for at least five years prior to the bill's enactment, if they complete two years in the military or two years at a four year institution of higher learning. The students would obtain temporary residency for a six year period.

Do you agree that Congress should pass the Dream Act?

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catd1115 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I support the Dream Act, although I agree that it needs rewriting. We need to define "good moral character" quantitatively and we need to be more stringent in the educational requirements. I believe they need to achieve a degree, whether it is a four year or a two year, they need to finish and earn a degree to be eligible.

I have to add, I support the Dream Act because I feel that to not, is to punish students (children) who had not choice in arriving here illegally. They came with their parents. We shouldn't punish children for the choices of their parents. I think we need to revaluate the legal ways to enter and stay in the United States if we hope to alleviate the problems of illegal immigration. I do not want immigrants living in the conditions that so  many undocumented immigrants live in, but I also don't want to give resources to those who chose to come illegally. We have to find better ways for this to happen legally. Perhaps the Dream Act is one small step in that direction.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Absolutely.  As a public school teacher, I see dozens of examples of students who have broken no laws, students who were brought here by their parents at a very young age when they were in no position to object or consent, students who obey our laws, pay taxes, get good grades and work hard, students who are AMERICANS, and have spent the vast majority of their lives here, speaking English, fully assimilated, and yet they are denied any chance to succeed at college.  We are throwing away amazing potential that could benefit our country.  We are limiting bright young minds because their parents broke immigration law to come harvest our food, clean our hotel rooms or serve our food.

From a purely practical point of view, these kids are not leaving (and why should they?).  If they cannot pursue education, what other less desirable avenues will they pursue?

The DREAM Act is just common sense to me, and the only thing that has stopped its passage thus far is a filibuster.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In general, yes.  I have only had one student who would certainly have benefitted from this law, but his situation was enough to convince me that the law is a good thing.  This student was brought to the US as an infant, did very well in high school, and graduated from college.  At that point, he was forced to spend some time in Mexico while lawyers worked to get him to be allowed back (he had by this time been adopted by a family of citizens).  It seemed like a bit of a travesty.

The one thing that I don't like about the bill is the idea that a student only needs to go 2 years at the 4 year college.  I would advocate for a more stringent requirement -- I would want them to be required to actually finish.  I don't think that finishing two years shows enough commitment and I don't think it's a good enough guarantee that the student will end up being able to contribute to the society.  So I think I'd require them to actually finish their degree.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with Kapokkid.  The American Dream provides all with the hope that they can come to America and be successful.  However, the best way to do this is to do so legally.  In any other country in the world, an illegal alien is at best arrested, at worst, jailed, tortured, and possibly even executed.  They certainly are not given free education, free food, and access to free healthcare and social programs.  There are actual citizens of our country who don't have these benefits; illegal aliens certainly shouldn't have them.  Let's help these people become legal...or show them kindly to the door if they choose not to become citizens.

Susan Hurn eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I do support the Dream Act. It is a good beginning. I, too, have a problem with the language of completing two years at a four-year institution of higher learning, but in a different respect. There are many vocational schools that would not meet the "four-year institution" requirement, but which certainly do prepare and certify students to do important work and contribute to society. That, I think, should be the goal. Why would attending two years at a university in general studies be more important than becoming trained and certified in a specific skill needed throughout the country?

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I support this Dream Act. I think that a massive issue for any Western nation today is how to incorporate the huge number of immigrants that are drawn to its economically higher standards into the nation as a whole. Whilst I completely agree with #4 that we need to be very careful how rights that citizens have are administered to incomers, we also need to be willing to incorporate as best we can such economic migrants.

kapokkid eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I tend to think that making any kind of people "illegal" is not the right way of addressing the problems that exist that make immigrating to the United States so attractive.

People should have legal and straight-forward ways of working their way into the U.S. legally.  I think the Dream Act is a great way to start making those possibilities a reality.