I was fortunate to be born and raised in the
Unfortunately, the nearly 2.5 million undocumented youths living in the
It hardly seems fair that my peers, many of whom have lived in the
In 2001, the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act, co-written by the late Senator Ted Kennedy, was introduced into Congress to address this issue. If passed, the DREAM Act would allow undocumented students who have graduated from a
It is fair. It allows kids who have finished high school and who have been in this country for more than five years a chance to give back to
Undocumented students will have more incentive to stay in school and display “upright moral character” in order to obtain the legal pathway to citizenship. The
Unfortunately, not everyone sees the bill this way. Opponents argue that the DREAM Act could crowd out
The DREAM Act will not discount the opportunities of
The DREAM Act will not lead to mass immigration into the
Additionally, the bill will not provide automatic citizenship to students once they graduate college. Rather, it provides for temporary legal residency in the
My college has a respectable number of undocumented students who work hard, are talented, and contribute greatly to student life on campus. It hardly seems right that they should have to live with few prospects and fear of deportation after graduation – a time when most of us will be looking forward to the next chapter of our lives.
While the presidents of more than 15 universities – including Yale, Stanford, Tufts, Princeton, Harvard, Northeastern and Columbia – have come out in favor of the DREAM Act, it still faces an uncertain future.
It is time for us to speak for our peers who don’t have a voice and are forced to live in the shadows. For the sake of the American dream, let’s support those students who look toward higher education and military service in
Write your senators and local congressman to encourage them to support the DREAM Act. For more information on the DREAM Act, visit dreamact.info.
Reprinted with permission from the Houston Chronicle