Immigrant Students, DREAM Act Supporters Hoping Obama Will Take Up Their Cause

By Diego Graglia, FI2W web editor

As the much-anticipated presidential inauguration of Barack Obama approaches, one group of immigrant activists in particular is feverishly pushing for their cause to be heard by the incoming president. They are young undocumented immigrant students who grew up in the U.S. and their supporters, who are hoping that the new administration will push for passage of the DREAM Act, a law that would allow the students to become U.S. citizens provided they meet certain conditions.

Undocumented students, hoping to come out of the shadows.

Hoping to come out of the shadows. (Video capture: ADreamDeferred.org)

Their cause got an extra bit of support through an online contest organized by Change.org, a social action network (not to be confused with the president-elect’s website Change.gov.)

For the last few weeks, the site hosted an online vote to select “the best ten ideas for change,” which will be announced today at an event at the National Press Club.

The contest was born as a response to Obama’s call to Americans to get involved in their government. “We started the Ideas for Change in America initiative in the hope that we could translate the energy behind the Obama election into a citizen-led movement for change around the major issues we face,” the organizers said.

Thousands of ideas were submitted and over 600,000 votes were cast. Activists for causes as varied as marijuana legalization, gay marriage, and green energy mobilized to make their voices heard and to gather votes for their ideas. As of 5pm EST Thursday, when the vote closed, passage of the DREAM Act stood in eighth place, making it one of the ten winners. (Marijuana legalization was first.)

Undocumented students campaigned actively online to drum up votes for their cause, as one of them narrates here.

The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act) would give undocumented students brought to the U.S. by their parents conditional legal status and eventual citizenship if they met all of the following requirements:

  • they were brought to the United States before they turned 16, are below the age of 30,
  • have lived here continuously for five years,
  • graduated from a U.S. high school or obtained a GED
  • have good moral character with no criminal record and
  • attend college or enlist in the military.

The DREAM Act emerged in response to the plight of thousands of immigrant students who, after growing up here, could not continue a normal life after graduating from high school or college because of the manner in which they entered the country — many of them when they were infants.

“Many American students graduate from college and high school each year, and face a roadblock to their dreams: they can’t drive, can’t work legally, can’t further their education, and can’t pay taxes to contribute to the economy just because they were brought to this country illegally by their parents or lost legal status along the way,” Change.org said.

The bill was in Congress in 2007. But it failed a Senate vote to defeat a Republican filibuster. On the occasion, The New York Times editorial board commented,

Who could be threatened, after all, by new high school graduates who were brought here by their parents, grew up in America, and yearn to get a college degree or to serve the country in uniform — but are stuck in a paperwork trap that can’t be opened?

But the Senate’s message was like a speech from a prison warden in a bad juvenile-delinquent movie: You’re illegal. You’re going to stay that way. We don’t like your kind.

DreamActivist.org, a site created by undocumented students, has plenty of stories of those who would benefit from this bill. Like that of Piash, a Bangladeshi-born student, who says he only learned that he was undocumented during his sophomore year of high school.

“I came home to show my parents that I got a 100 on my driver’s ed class and I wanted to go to DMV to get my learner’s permit,” he writes. “My parents told me that my dad’s asylum case was still pending in court and they didn’t know how long it would take… I was an American in every way except where it really mattered: documents.” (DreamActivist lists dozens of blogs started by other students.)

In addition to this largely symbolic victory, the students’ cause seems to have won one of the most important votes: that of the incoming president, who has expressed his support for the bill in the past. Now, they hope Obama will help make it law.

47 comments

  1. jonpincus

    Great article, Diego. Thanks!

    I’m not sure I’d describe the victory as “largely symbolic”, though. The partnership with MySpace is potentially incredibly valuable; and the connections between activists for the top ideas will make all of us more effective. My idea, Get FISA Right, repeal the PATRIOT Act, and restore our civil liberties also made it to the top 10 — with substantial help from DREAM Activists (including an endorsement on DreamActivist.org) as well as those advocating for other ideas. If we can build on these successes, I think Ideas for Change will be seen as yet another significant step on the way to the DREAM Act’s passage.

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  3. Misty Blue

    IF THEY ARE ILLEGAL THEY NEED TO BE SENT HOME AND THEY NEED TO TAKE LEGAL ROUTES INTO THIS COUNTRY >>> LEARN ENGLISH >> LEARN OUR CONSTITUION AND UPHOLD OUR LAWS>>>

  4. Sam

    my partner cane here at 13, he speaks pefect English, carries a steady job and pays taxes. Yet undocumented and unable to attend college. He is well versed in US civil history. Just caught up in this black hole of US paper processing. This is unfair. Change will happen!

  5. legalatina

    ….well, did any of you realize that for example, Mexican nationals have every right and opportunity to enroll in world-class universities in Mexico (like the National Autonomous University) for FREE? For the so-called “undocumented students” from Mexico…they seem to be wholly unaware of the wonderful opportunities they have at hand to study in their native land of Mexico at no cost to their families and gain a world-class education at renowned institutions. They should be encouraged to pursue those options rather than to demand that the U.S. proffer special laws to benefit those who have violated our immigration laws and to reward the parents for doing so. Armed with a U.S. high school diploma, English language skills and a university degree from a Mexican instiution would make these students great candidates for a visa to re-enter the U.S. should they desire so …and if not, would give them an edge in pursuing career opportunities in Mexico as well. To demand citizenship benefits and waiver of student visa requirements under the DREAM Act is to place the illegal immigrant students in a better position than the hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals who are here on student visas and in a better position than even U.S. students who would then have to compete for financial aid dollars, grants, loans etc. with illegal immigrant students.

  6. ratbstard

    What? No mention of how Change.org removed the idea ‘Enforce exsisting Immigration Laws’ when it entered the top 3 ideas? It probably would have reached #1 but this biased .org had to follow its agenda by muting the voice of opposition.

  7. Bess

    The reason the Dream Act made it into the final ten on change.org was by fraud and cheating. Change.org took down and/or changed the ideas they didn’t agree with. Change.org is all about liberal propaganda and they do not believe in freedom of speech.

  8. ratbstard

    NYC has six specialized High Schools that are TOP quality and require an admission test. My youngest son scored a 477 on said test but did not get an offer. A score of 470 usually is enough to get into Brooklyn Tech but this year it was raised to 480 so I enquired about any programs that might allow him in. Well there is the ‘Bridge Program’ that allows every Middle School in Brooklyn to enter 15 students into a six week summer class that if passed gets the student an admission. It’s prioritized though, first accepting students who have lived in the USA less than two years and secondly accepting students who speak english as a second language. Upon further inquiry I found out that immigration status is NEVER checked. Am I supposed to feel good that my son missed out on going to BT while so many Illegal Alien children are getting this preferential treatment?

  9. (BELIEVER)

    I dont understand why there is so much hatred against children and their dreams…they didnt comit any crime, (Edited by FI2W for inappropriate language). PASS THE DREAM ACT…..YES WE CAN!!!

  10. karen

    i came to U.S.A when i was 9 years old illegally. i am graduating this year and i want to go to college. i want a bright future. please pass the Dream Act. i speak very good english, i am not a criminal and i want to become legal.

  11. bessr

    Believer-No one has said that we hate the children. We don’t like what they are doing but we don’t hate them. The right thing to do would be for them to go home with their families and make their own countries a better place to live. If you are from Mexico reread Legalatina’s post.

  12. juan

    im mexican and im pretty sure living in mexico sucks since there economy is so horrible. im about to graduate this year from highschool and i cant even go to college.i have a gpa of 3.8 which isn’t bad and i barely know anything about mexico so even if i did go back i wouldnt know much about there history. ive lived in ohio ever since i was 5 months old and my parents came here illegally which was not my fault, and i love America. i feel like im an american living in an illegals body. at this moment i hate my life i wish i could have been born with citizenship so i can have a career and not work somewhere i get minimum wage. i really hope the DREAM Act gets passed.

  13. Tricia

    I came here i was 12 years old when I was 18 years old i got in to some trouble I only was 18 for about 3 weeks still a kid now I’m 23 married I have a son that is 2 years old I change my life but because of my mistake i have a criminal record is not a felony,but now i cant never get my greencard and my husband is a america citizen my son and all my family is here and that have citizenship I lived here my whole life graduate from high school now I dont know what to do please change the law people make mistake…I need a 2 chance

  14. Paulo

    I came to this country at the age of three raised by parents who were afraid of the government and never once tried to apply for residency or anything I am now 21 was lucky to find a job and graduated high school top of my clas. With that said I was willing to pay my way through some sort of college had my hopes up and all, but when it came time to going to the college and talking with the advisor he said I can’t inroll.. I need this law to be passed

  15. iisabelle&jessica

    My friend moved here when she was 6 yrs. old. she has grown up here and speaks perfect english and wants to go to college here she doesnt want to have to go back to mexico, a place she isnt even quite familiar with. hopefully this DREAM Act will get passed. If someone has grown up here their whole life they shouldnt have to move to a country they dont even know.

  16. Dan

    i hear all these stories of how people got brought over here at a young and well im one of them…except that my parents tried to get their residency and took all the proper steps, got a lawyer put in the time and money…only to get screwed by our lawyer. Timothy Mason is his name, we managed to get him disbarred thanks to another lawyer. i was 15 when my parents finally were able to see an immigration judge thats 10 years since they first applied. During the second hearing which took place a year after Timothy told the judge the children (which was my bro and i) will comply with voluntary deportation. Why would an immagration judge allow for deportation of minors when their parents have an active case still pending?? well many years later after goin back and forth to court my parents prevailed in getting their residency…what about my brother and me…apperently the judge didnt want to over turn or repeal the order for deportation. Now ive graduated from high school with a high GPA and honors, I pay taxes cause yes i did receive a SSN while my case was still open. Though which i was able to open bank accounts and other things. I have no criminal background, i dont leech off the system, i pay for all my schooling which is a butt load cause i get no financial aid…i drive a 2005 BMW with a license that i got from another state that are more lenient in what one has to present (no i didnt steal no ones identity) i work at a high paying job something that an educated person would work in (so dont say that im taking some lazy ass americans job, i put my time, paid for my schooling and additional training with my own money)i love this country just as much as any other american and yet im not allowed residency…

  17. Jo Puschek

    They might have a better chance of acceptance if their first priority was NOT the “LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA”!! How stupid!!

  18. L.J. Santos

    I really hope this law will be pass because it is gonna make a change in the country, but also in the economy side. Young people will have the opportunity to grow their education and work to help their family, God and Obama will help us to dass this law for a good change in our lives. we deserved to be threated like everybody else, we are gonna make it.

  19. fabian murillo

    this is not fair at all. people should not be denied the opportunity to get an education. i was brought to the us when i was 1 and a half years old by my parents. i get upset when people say that immigrants should not get the right to get an education. we pay taxes like everybody else. i am proud to be mexican but i am also proud to be living in this country that i really love. my dream is to become a marine biologist or zoologist and i have the grades and i am very determined. i have high hopes for mr. obama and i am very confident that he will pass this law. i speak for myself and for the people that also wrote thier comments and for the thousands of students out there who are just like me. yes we can!, like president obama said.

  20. DAD77

    Last year, customs officials apprehended 792,321 people who tried to get into the U.S. through the Southwest border. This exceeds the entire populations of Wyoming, North Dakota, Vermont, and Alaska. There are 12.7 million illegal immigrants in the US today. That exceeds the populations of 40 out of 50 of the states.

    Roughly 1 in 10 Mexicans live in the US.

    Parents of came here for economic gain and brought the family. A lot people in prison are there for who wanted economic gain illegally.

    You should blame your parents instead of the US government. Mexico has free education for their citizens.

  21. DAD77

    Overpopulation is the world’s top environmental issue according to Science Daily. Immigration rates are the largest factor contributing to the overpopulation of the United States. Our immigration rate is at the highest point in our nation’s history.

    The United States’ current immigration rate has soared to more than 2.1 million per year. This includes the 1.1 million legal immigrants and estimated 1 million illegal immigrants each year.

    If the massive immigration continues future generations of Americans will be living in a population like that of India (1.1 billion) and China (1.3 billion), according to Arthur Nelson, co-director of the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech.

  22. ImWatchingU

    Nothing is easy in life. Life sucks. Taking the easy path of illegal immigration is unfair to those who worked hard. Still, there is a reason people come to the USA. A dream. Maybe we need two doors.

    1. Legal paperwork process (current)
    2. Secondary path involving military, a fine, and a 5-year blemish on their record. Push through those standards and you’ve proven you are willing to fight FOR THE SYSTEM and not just be part of it.

  23. jerry

    I can relate to some of the problem that where brought up in this article. I have lived in California since I was six months old. I thought everything was fine until I turn 16 and I wanted to get a drivers license. That is when I realized that I couldn’t get one and I ask my self why? That’s when my mom explain to me that I was born in Mexico and I don’t have the same rights as all my friends around me. That is when all the problems began. I can’t work, I can’t drive, and I can’t vote. I am 20 years old and I am in a big struggle because of this problem. All I know about where I was born is the name of the city “Puebla”. If I was to be deported to Mexico I would not know what to do because I have never been there. I know everything about the USA this is where I was raised, and I hope president Obama passes the Dream Act or something to help people like me.

  24. Andria

    TO MISTY BLUE..!!
    OK LEARN ENGLISH CHECK! LEARN THE CONSTITION CHECK! AND OBEY THE LAWS CHECK! THEN WHAT! I AM NOT A IMMIGRANT BUT I HAVE ALOT OF RESPECT FOR YOUNG TEENS WHO ARE TRYING TO GO TO SCHOOL AND BETTER THEIR LIVES JUST LIKE MANY CITIZEN’S PARENTS DID WHEN THEY CAME FROM OTHER COUNTRIES! ALL THEY NEED IS A CHANCE!

    THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE CITIZENS AND DON’T EVEN CARE ABOUT THEIR LIVES AND WASTE IT ALL!
    PEOLPLE WHO WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE DREAM ACT WILL ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING WITH THEIR CITIZENSHIP AND ACTUALLY BETTER THIS COUNRTY.. MORE THAN I CAN SAY FOR 20% OF THE US POPULATION WHO JUST SIT ON THE STREETS BEGGING FOR MONEY!!!AND LET ME SAY THE MAJORITY ARE NOT MEXICAN!

  25. NoPride forbeingMexican

    I don’t understand why some people who have left comments here are so upset and have the attitude of “ILLEGALS-BAD!!” The country as a whole needs to be informed of this situation…the media DOES NOT help, its more biased than anything. This dream act would definitely help someone like myself, I was brought here since I was 1yr old and now going on 27, so for 26 years been “illegal”, I was able to get a license and go to college in time before America became aware of “illegals”. Then the marches and protests came and America really became hateful against “illegals”. I can’t work, renew my driver’s license, rent a rug doctor, get a refund at wal-mart or get married…for all that you need an ID. Can’t even get the mexican consul ID, for that you need a valid ID.
    So how have I been illegal for 26 years? The system clearly doesn’t work. My parents applied 25 years ago for permanent residency visas, year after they kept getting temporary visas, then INS all of a sudden lost their files and said they never applied and for 10 years my parents and really bad expensive lawyers fought to prove they did have a case, then after I turned 21, INS came back and said sorry and gave my parents permanent residency, but since I was already 21 I had to reapply on my own, so now here i wait, 10-15 yrs for my app to be looked and approved. So for all you who speak before you think, do your research and find out for yourself that the current system does not work, and here is a perfect opportunity to fix it, it is not a threat, the threat is giving legal status to all those extremist from terrorist countries.
    The dream act is a great opportunity to help the economy as well, if the government is going to fine us, ok, I’m willing to pay 5k for an interview where I can prove I can be a legal citizen, I’ll pay 1k for a DL.
    By the way I totally agree with the last posting Andria

  26. jerry

    Wow so you turned 21 and in simple words you got fu**ed. See im afraid that the same is going to happened to me. My mom is going to become a US citizen next October, but i am going to turn 21 in July this year. Are lawyer says im going to have to leave the country for a year or so but i have heard of so many people that have done that and they get screwed over. So i have no idea what to do… Thats why I am hoping that the Dream Act comes soon. By the way I agree whit the last posting ill pay for a chance at becoming a citizen; even doh i already consider myself a citizen just with out the perks. but hey ill pay up…

  27. masty14

    well, undocumented students are not here to do bad for the US but instead to do good for the country. some people dont seem to understand that us, undocumented students that are actually fighting for citizenship isnt to destroy the United States, but to better our own lives. we cant be sent to mexico or to whatever country we were born at because theres a reason why we are not there in the first place. besides, most of us came to this country since we were very young and sending us to the other country is like sending us to an unknown world. we can get very screwed over. i really look forward to if the DREAM ACT gets approved. i really need this citizenship b/c then i can financial help for college. ever since i knew about the Dream Act, my hopes have been high and i hope Obama does pass it.

  28. Arturo

    My names arturo im was brought here at age 6 im going to turn 16 in 5 monthe i love this country more thatn i ever did mexicoive i lived here for almost 10 years straight with out leaving i would give my life for this country im a freshmen almost a softmore i want to go to college here be able to wo to work drive a car and pay taxes i want to travel with out fear of being deported if i ever get deported i would have nothing in mexico no life no family nor friends i would rather burn a mexican flag way befrore burning an american flag

  29. DBA

    okay so just yesterday me and my dad and mom were going to cary to take a look at a car that i was going to buy..(unfortunatly im illegal and i dnt have a drivers license or permit or anything)so im 15 going on 16 in like 2 months…im a sophmore about to be a junior…and i have pretty decent grades (better then most of the black and white kids in my class)….okay so point is we were on our way 2 see the car…when a cop comes up behind us..unfortunetly he checks the license plate and see’s that my dad has his license expired(2 years ago)(this was in wake county)…okay so we get pulled over and the cop asks for the DL and he see’s it and says “buddy your license expired about 2 years ago” my dad says i know … i kant renew it even if i wanted to…so the cop asks my mom for her license….hers is still valid…so yea…so layter the cop tells me to tell my dad to step out the car..he says to the cop”i understood you i can speak english verywell officer”(which made the cop pissed)…so he says im going to have to take him to the wakecounty courthose…so we say okay (its not like we had a choice) so they put the handcuffs on him like he were a criminal which hurt me inside to see happen right in my face….i asked the cop for the address of the place and i put it into my GPS …so we go there and they tell us that he is not in the sytem yet..so we wate and go bak and still no….so layter on …my father calls my mom and tells her that they sent him to ICE that they might deport him….when i herd that tears fell from my face…their was nuthing to do..a lawyer could do nothing but take our money…so their was no point……so my mom called all of our friends and family and told them to pray to god and hope for the best….after an hour we were told by some guy that happend to be there to hold on tight..that everything has a solution..but that there was a 60% chance my dad was going to get deported for no license…..i cryed when he told me that..layter we went to pay the $500 dollar something i forgot…but the guy said to go ahead and pay them and that we were not going to get that money back no matter what hapens…so we did right away in cash..(we had $2500 in cash from the car i was going to go buy)..so we payyed and all that was left was 2 hope that they wouldnt go for him in 48 hours because after 48 hours he was a free man….so me and my mom went home….i felt terrible i felt like it was my fault because we were going for a car i was going 2 buy….so when we got home wait i forgot to mention i spoke with my dad when he told my mom he might get depported so yea he told me not to worry…n that i was incharge of his painting company and i was incharge of all the money and workers and everything i said yes dad crying..and told him that wont be for long because you will be out…so he had to hang up….okay so layter when i arrived home i bursted to tears on my bed for about 2 hours afraid of him being deported..i thought what will i do without my dad…i would have had to drop out to keep the company going and to make a living..and keep food on the table for my mom and brother(10 years old) and sister(8 years old)…i didnt know what to think or do anymore but to just laythere crying..i felt so useless…..so i fall asleep at lyke 2:00 in the morneing and that morneing (well today in the morning) i wake up and go to ware he meets up with all his workers…(im one of them)..so they all know what happend because they are his brothers and brothers in law….i told them that i was incharge untill we knew more about my dad…so i told everyone what to do and were to go..it was so hard without my dad…i usually go with him when he would do this so i knew it all…but damn i tell you guys it was the worst day of my life i tell you…and i just thought to myslef i would have to do this for the rest of my life and not go to school…so by 11:30 before lunch time…my mom calls me and says “your father just called and they let him go” i cryed and fell on my knees at the job place…my dads workers said whats wrong i told them the news and they all said thank the lord and told me its all going to be okay….so i call my mom again and ask her who is going to pick him up and if they need money to like yea….she says no we dont need anymore money he is free…so her and my uncle go pick him up…i had to ofcourse stay and take my fathers place in his company….by 5:00 pm when i was going home i was so excited to see my dad….when i got home i ran into the house and hugged my dad and cryed in his shoulder and i told him how much i love him and that i always will be here for him….he starts to cry to and tells me that everything is going to be okay….so yea this happend today..and was just woundering threw the net and found this article…..well yea i was so relived that my dad was not going to be deported..they already had the paper work ready he was basicly gone…but then he was in trial and they saw he had no criminal record and he has been living here for 16 years and he pays taxes..and is still paying for our home….so the judge gave him a chance and let him go….see what i hate is cops that pull you over because they see you are hispanic that pisses me off…and thats what happend my dad wasent speeding or anything….but ohwell only god knows why these things happen…and well yea right now i dont know whats going to happen i dont know if i should still buy my car and risk it…i dont know anymore…i really really hope Obama can change this…and oh yea i forgot i was brought her with my mom when i was 2 years old..and have live here ever since and have never gone back and i am now 15 going on 16….and i really hope this law passes or atleast gives only mexican immigrants licenses since no offense but if they are so worried about terrorist..the main ppl that are terrorists are the ones from india or i dont know but yea…they should only give licenses to mexican immigrants and ask for a birth certificate proveing they were born in mexico but i dont know thats my opinion..but we will see what heppens i would be confirm with only giveing us licenses and sone sort of visa…but if the dream act thing works well then that would be great..but i would still wounder about my parents…well i hope Obama makes a change like says he will and make this country into the best country there is…and as for deportation i say they should only deport thoes with a crimianl backround not the hard working ppl…those stupid other hispanic ppl do alot of bad shit and ppl asume they are mexican from skin color and say mexicans are bad ….man that gets me even more mad..they are ruining our reputation…i just hope all this comes to an end…just like segrigation did….and Obama i leave this all in your hands ruin millions of young peoples dreams and destroy our country….or make our dreams come true and help america become a better place to live in……

  30. Zarahi

    My name is Zarahi I have been here off and on since I was 2 years old..but finally came & stayed to this country when I was 7 years old!! I have not gone back to my country so I don’t know much about my own culture..I currently graduated as a social worker & want to continue my education pursuing my masters degree but unfortunately I cant because my parents don’t have money to help me pay for my education. I think by passing the Dream Act will help me pursue my goal in becoming a social worker. I think I am getting penalized for coming to this country or well for my parents bringing me to this country because I had no choice in coming here!! I really think that by Obama passing this act it will help our country become a better place to live in…The bad thing is that I cannot even renew my license anymore & that really kills me to know that I am living in this country feeling like a criminal even though to me I dont think I have broke any laws…my only wish is for someone to give me a chance to pursue my dream of helpin the less fortunate and advocate for those who don’t have a voice of their own!!!!

  31. Carlos

    I was born and raised here. I am a citizen. I’m proud of this country. My mother is a citizen and she was also born and raised here. My grandmother however, came here illegally and set the wheels in motion. She passed several years ago and she never got to see how successful her grandchildren became for the sacrifices she endured.

    All American citizens share the same background story I do. Keep digging back and you’ll find your own story that roots to immigration to the U.S. to chase a dream (legally and illegally).

    To the Dream Act, lets face it….it will pass this time around. The conditions set forth are some that both sides agree ARE worth passing. This is politics and after all, not moving or passing on something that has gotten so much support is not in any politician’s best interest. The best thing to do is support it and make sure that the conditions are met.

    While amnesty across the board doesn’t make sense, a subset of individuals that meet education criteria that fall under the category of “victims” under parents good intentions and a social legal trap at no fault of their own, is enough to look the other way and welcome them to society as contributors.

    I’m an American and by that definition, when visiting other countries, I am represented to the world as a humanitarian of the country I represent. This Dream Act needs to happen because it sends a strong message to the world that reads, “America can help itself in times of need just as it can help the world when duty calls”.

    The constitution was written by our forefathers whose ancestors came as immigrants to this land with the intention to promote fairness and equality to all those pursuing happiness in this country. It was their country to shape as they wished, and they wrote the constitution with a big heart behind each stroke of the pen.

  32. ratbstard

    Let me ask this, are the IA children of IA parents not now better educated than their parents? Aren’t they mostly Bilingual? Wouldn’t they have an educational advantage over the children of the land of their birth?

    I would believe the answers should all be YES! So logically their reintegration to their homelands would be much easier than their parents integration into the USA. So let them go home and improve the nations of their birth! If they miss the USA let them then apply to legally re-enter.

  33. Concered

    I was brought to U.S. at age 12 .. had to leave for my country of origin in 05 when I was 20 due to the ‘undocumented stamp’ that apparently nullfiied for me for job, or further education without my fault, and as my parents were in DOL like many others for years.. Family had to stay back for younger siblings till they finish their school and to my luck, their papers worked out!!.. Although its been 4 years, I cant settle in my country of origin due to strong family ties with the U.S. , however the existing immigration procedures dont allow for a non-immigrant based to US in my situation..!!
    Not sure of whether I will fit the criteria defined for Dream Act beneficiaries if it to pass, I TOTALLY SUPPORT THE CAUSE as it can not only save the dreams of millions but also THE PRIZED MINDS that emigrate out of the country often under extreme circumstances!!

  34. gatita

    Dream act should be pass by now, the congress have been discussing this reform for more than 5 years, and they have nothing done yet. PLease think about the future illegal or not people have the capacity to think and the opportunity to grow in this country. Unfortunaly the goverment don’t see IA qualities, all they see is defects. Is that difficult to accept that IA play an important role in this sociaty? IA pay taxes where all this money go? well …. It is time to stand up for ourselves! and make the difference in this country.

  35. Mirthza

    I do not know what are we waiting for? Dream act should be pass by now. I am a USA’ citizen and a stronger believer that we need young people that want to continue with their education and they are interesting in improve our country. I hope that this act pass the soon as possible. This act does not heart anybody; this act will help and will give hope to many good kids.

  36. Jen

    I have a similar story as many of those who have posted earlier. I was brought to the US as an infant by my parents. They came as visitors but wanted to legally remain in the country. They were referred to a paralegal who took their money to file the paperwork but she ended up giving us fraudulent visas. As the years went by my family has spent thousands of dollars paying for legal fees and trying to pay off school to have a “normal” life. I have gotten by so far but there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t feel hopeless, scared, and worried about my future. This situation has really torn me and my family apart. Please understand that people like me suffering in these situations just want to be like everyone else. I’ve thought about just leaving the US and starting over in the country I was born in because this hopelessness has been so overwhelming. How would I be able to make a life in a country where I can’t even speak the language? In a sad way people like me are better off trying to “get by” in the US. We all deserve the same opportunities though. I don’t think you can even imagine how difficult our lives have been. With your support and compassion, please help pass the DREAM Act. It will not in anyway encourage more undocumented immigrants to cross US borders. The bill would grant conditional residency to those who came to the U.S. at age 15 or younger or at least five years before the date of the bill’s enactment. The fact is there are individuals who are of status due past circumstances they had no control over. I realize that my parents made mistakes but they just want what any other parent would want for their childen; an opportunity to provide them with a better life. They unknowingly thought they were doing everything right but were lied to and now we all have been dealing with the consequences. Imagine what guilt a parent must have to see their child cry or stress over not being able to get a driver’s license, go to college, pursue their dream job …a life they thought was going to be full of opportunities and chances. There’s no point in trying to blame or have someone take responsibility for committing a crime they weren’t even aware of, the only thing to do is pass this bill to take care of the problems at hand.

  37. alma

    i came here into the United States illegaly when i was nine months old. Now im 20 years old.I love this country. My parents had no future in mexico, so they decided to come to the United States. In addition, what made them to bring me to the USA was i was sick child.So they came here. I went to kindergarten to 12 grade. I Graduated from High School and then i attended to college. But my parents did infact apply to get their residency. But their mistake was going to a notary. now my parents and i are in the same boat and might have to go back. I would be soooo happy if the dream act would pass because i want to be productive in this country that i only know. I’ve never went back to mexico since i came here when I was only nine months old.I am no crimnal. I just want to live here legaly and pursue happiness. Not only for me but the children that came here when they entered to usa.We NEED CHANGE!

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  39. Armed and Angry Anglo

    It’s going to be great if obama gives illegals amnesty and passes the DREAM Act. With the current levels of 1.1 million mostly third worlders entering the U.S. every year and about 1 million illegally entering, coupled with the average fertility rate of 3.0 the American Southwest will largely resemble a Latin American country by 2035.

    If Obama were to pass these, it would further accelerate the balkanization of the U.S. and ultimately create some sort of new “Hispanic” country within the present U.S. boundaries. This rapidly growing ethnic group (largely mestizos), will create a situation similar to what caused the USSR, the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, and Yugoslavia to break apart.

  40. Intelligent

    You know immigrant students need a chance to prove that economy can be raised by passing this law. Why because we are freaken smart. Most of the people that I know that are immigrant students have a higher G.P.A than citizens. I don’t understand why people are afraid of this law. Is not like we are criminals. By the way this is not only for Mexican immigrants don’t be ignorant there are thosands of immigrants from different countries of the world.

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