Immigrant Advocates Push DREAM Act, But Congress Remains Wary

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 3:40 pm

DREAM Act supporters at a May rally in Michigan (Detroit Free Press/ZUMApress.com)

On Tuesday, about 300 students — many non-citizens who have been living in the U.S. for years — filed into a church near the Capitol for a mock graduation ceremony. Clad in caps and gowns, they came from as far as California to lobby members of Congress to pass the DREAM Act, legislation that would help students who immigrated to the U.S. as children obtain citizenship. Their goal is to see the bill pass this year, with or without comprehensive immigration reform.

[Immigration1] “We cannot wait one more year,” said Virginia Gonzalez of the Immigrant Youth Justice League. The other students joined her in a chant: “Undocumented and unafraid.”

As comprehensive reform looks increasingly unlikely to pass this year, many immigration activists have shifted their focus to the DREAM Act. But the legislation, introduced in this session by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) last March, is caught in a tenuous middle ground. It’s too much for conservatives, who call it a form of amnesty that would encourage others to break immigration laws. Yet it’s too little for Democratic leaders in Congress, who are still holding out hope — at least in public statements — that comprehensive reform is possible, and arguing that the DREAM Act should be incorporated into a larger reform bill rather than pushed on its own.

Immigration activists, such as the ones gathered at the Capitol, see the DREAM Act as a way to move forward as comprehensive immigration reform stalls. “If we have the DREAM Act here and it’s alive and it has support, why not give the youth that opportunity?” said Juan Escalante, communications director for the DREAM Activist mobilization. The activists have chosen to push for smaller reform to cut their losses. It’s not that they don’t want to see comprehensive reform pass, he said — they just don’t want to go down with the ship if it doesn’t.

The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act was first proposed in 2001 and fell eight votes short of overcoming a filibuster in 2007. Critics call it amnesty for illegal immigrants, but there are conditions: To be eligible, the immigrant must enter the country before the age of 16, live five consecutive years in the U.S., earn a high school diploma or the equivalent, and demonstrate good “moral character.” (There are no specifics on what that means, but it is generally interpreted as the absence of a criminal record.) Applicants would be limited to those between the ages of 12 and 35.

Once eligible, participants would be required to put in at least two years in college or the military in order to eventually become citizens. Of the 2.1 million unauthorized immigrant youth and young adults who would be eligible to apply for legal status under the DREAM Act, only about 825,000 would eventually gain citizenship, according to estimates released this month from the non-partisan Migration Policy Institute.

Critics argue that the DREAM Act would reward illegal behavior. “What you’re doing is creating an incentive for people to come here,” said Ira Mehlman of the pro-enforcement Federation for American Immigration Reform. Instead, he argued, the government should focus on enforcing the laws already in place.

But supporters of immigration reform see the DREAM Act as a good way to help fix a broken system without adding harsh enforcement measures that could be lumped in with a comprehensive reform bill. Ali Noorani, executive director of National Immigration Forum, said the DREAM Act or AgJOBS, a reform bill that focuses on immigrant farm workers, could be a good step toward reforming immigration policy. “Whether it’s the DREAM Act or AgJOBS that passes, we have to make sure that neither passes with enforcement measures,” he said.

The DREAM Act has another advantage over comprehensive reform: It has bipartisan support. Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) is the bill’s only Republican co-sponsor, following the resignation of fellow co-sponsor Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) last year. Lugar’s stance is arguably closest to the that of DREAM Act supporters when it comes to strategy.

“We’re not going to do comprehensive reform this year,” a spokesman for Lugar told TWI. “It’s not in the cards.” He said the senator supports comprehensive immigration reform, but if it’s not possible this session he’s willing to look at other options, such as the DREAM Act.

Still, Lugar’s support distinguishes him from his Republican colleagues. Most Republicans say that tougher border control is necessary before a path to citizenship is laid out. In March, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) notably called the DREAM Act a “nightmare for the American people,” arguing that it could open citizenship to “millions” if DREAM Act beneficiaries were able to help their families gain citizenship.

Other Republicans’ positions are more difficult to pin down. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), for example, in 2003 referred to the deportation of young people who grew up in the U.S. as a “tremendous loss to our society.” He was an original sponsor of the legislation, and still speaks about the DREAM Act in positive terms during town hall meetings. But he’s not a sure “yea” vote — Antonia Ferrier, Hatch’s spokeswoman, said in an email that Hatch does not support the current version of the DREAM Act and believes the Senate should prioritize border enforcement.

On the other side of the aisle, Democrats are hesitant to push for the DREAM Act if it means giving up on comprehensive reform this year, even though many of them have said a far-reaching immigration bill is unlikely. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said he wants comprehensive, not “piecemeal,” immigration reform. A spokesman declined to comment on Reid’s plans for the DREAM Act or comprehensive reform, saying he would defer to Durbin, the party’s second-ranking senator, on his plans for the bill.

At Tuesday’s event, Durbin told DREAM Act supporters, “We can pass the DREAM Act this year,” but he added that he hopes to see it included in comprehensive reform. Durbin told The Hill in May that he planned to lay low on the act. “I don’t want anyone to think I’m pushing the DREAM Act at the expense of comprehensive immigration reform,” he said at the time.

Durbin spokesman Max Gleischman told TWI there are no definitive plans to move forward with the DREAM Act instead of comprehensive immigration reform. “We’re certainly open to that option, but right now we’re focused on making sure that’s a part of comprehensive reform conversation,” he said, adding that comprehensive reform is still possible this year. (Durbin told The Associated Press last week that it is “very unlikely” that the DREAM Act would pass before November.)

Another advocate of immigration reform, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), has acknowledged that comprehensive reform doesn’t have the votes to pass right now. Still, he said in an email that he is in favor of tying the DREAM Act to a comprehensive reform bill as “a critical component of reform that fixes all aspects of our broken immigration system.”

Some immigration activists are hopeful that if comprehensive reform doesn’t happen this year, the DREAM Act will get a shot instead. Escalante of DREAM Activist said passing the bill would only help the odds of comprehensive reform down the line.

“It’s not like we’re going to pass the DREAM Act today and then tomorrow we’re going to go to Disney World and just live the rest of our lives,” he said. “These students will keep fighting for reform.”

Muzaffar Chishti, director of the Migration Policy Institute at NYU School of Law, said the DREAM Act is one of the few standalone pieces of immigration legislation that has a chance of moving forward. Will it mean a steeper climb for comprehensive reform in the future? Chishti said he suspects those who oppose the DREAM Act would have opposed comprehensive reform anyway.

“At the end of the day in legislative strategy you have to make choices, and this looks like a reasonable call to make,” he said. “Will it have fallout? Sure. But everything has fallout.”

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Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 11:26 pm

Pass The DREAM Act Now! Undocumented students all around this great nation need it now. If we fail to act now on this, America will lose many great future citizens. America prides itself on having the best & the brightest students in the world. It would be a terrible loss to send these students back to their country of origin, especially when all they know is America. Educate yourself on this bill, and make an educated well informed decision about where you stand. Protect the students, protect Americas future!


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Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 12:10 am

Reject the DREAM act and deport those that are in this country illegally as well as the children they had here illegally. If they don't go willingly, then to prison they go until they are willing to go.

America is for American CITIZENS, natural born and legalized, NOT for illegals who want it all without the work. Our Constitution does not give free access, free health care, free education, freedom from criminal prosecution for their crimes, or freedom to take our jobs under the table. It does however grant those that wish to become citizens the right to LEGALLY.


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Scuncic
Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 12:26 am

The DREAM Act is amnesty. We went through this before and the American people rejected it. We still do. These illegal students only have their parents to blame for the situation they are in. Their parents broke the law and they want amnesty for it. NO! The very best advice I can give these students is to get their parents to take them back to their own Country where they belong. Then apply to come to this Country LEGALLY like the millions waiting to come here.

NO AMNESTY!…..AND GO ARIZONA!


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Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 3:33 am

They should pass it. immigrants want one thing = have a better life for their children.they want to give their kids an Opportunity. I think that they should pass it, but they should look at their file of accomplishments, if they have a job, their grades in school, medical record, if they've been in jail..and if its all good with nothing bad they should let that person be a citizen so there arent a lot of illegal immigrants that commit crimes. But i must be daydreaming because congress will never pass it.

Before making a decision, you guys should look at all the different point of views, instead of just your own. But like most Americans, ignorance takes over and only think for themselves.

To apply for citizenship the Legal way, it takes a lot of time (years wise). And not only that to get Residency, the Visa, GreenCard etc. Also takes a long time to get. Some people applied for residency/citizenship the legal way and they've been waiting 5-10+ years to get it. So, its not only the illegals trying to get citizenships.

But like I said Congress and America only think for themselves and think that the immigration law shouldn't get passed because it will ruin their lives (less jobs, for example) and many times this “great” country often forgets that they are the foreign worlds golden ticket to a good and stable life.

I know that my dream of this Act to finally get passed won't happen, but we just have to keep pushing and complaining and being annoying until it does. It will get passed sometime. maybe not in this decade but it will get passed someday.


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Lala
Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 4:26 am

I would like to tell you my story and my opinion on the Dream Act.

My husband came to the Untied States legally when he was 3 years old with his parents that held working visa. My husbands father was pro athlete for many years here in the US. To make the long story short …my father in law hired a lawyer in the 80s to do his immigration papers by the law and to get his citizenship after his soccer career was over… well the lawyer took $ 20 000 (back in the 80s) and didn't do anything for him … his visa expired and he tried to hire another lawyer to fix the first lawyers mistake but it was 2 late… His kids were in high school and in love and he had a mortgage a job a dog everything else that life brings to everyone. My husband received his legal residence after many years being in immigration court and many lawyers that he hired and probably around addition $30 000 short. He owns a business that gives about 50 american people jobs. So in my personal opinion …I support the DREAM ACT … Why ? Not only because of this story but because these kids had no say on what to do and what not to do they had no CHOICE …Many of them have no clue they are without papers until they are old enough to understand it.. So the United States is going to give them the best education and then when its time to give back to their communities they are going to send them back so they can create jobs and use their American education to help all the other countries … That is just plain stupid .. and you are going to deport them back …back where? … many of these students never been anywhere else but here … and again i repeat …they had no say and no CHOICE in this ..

These people that fight for the Dream Act are hungry to do better in life to get more education to create jobs to become doctors and lawyers pilots soldiers …. and yes to pay taxes and everything else like we all do … America is the country where people from all over the world came to live to work to have a better life for themselves and their children and grand children .. and that is why America is the number one power in the world … but that will not be the case in the future if we educate and raise young people and send them somewhere else . Where is the compassion where is the love for one another regardless of where you come from but based on who you are and what you do as a person … if we have no empathy and compassion where is our human race going.. And yes some of you are going to say … They should pay for their parents mistakes … Really ? WHY ? Should you pay for lets say your parents debt who had credit cards and everything ellse they cannot pay anymore … or lets say your father was an alcoholic who drove drunk with you in the car and he crashed and murdered innocent people …. You think you both should go to jail ? Why not? … You were in the car without the CHOICE when your parent decided to drive drunk …

I would also like to add that there are many democrats and republicans that have had their illegal babysitters whom they have given their children to raise while they work and they elderly to take care of … their lawns to me moved and everything else that they truly value and care about … but hey when its time to help other people in need you treat them with no empathy no compassion … wow what happens if you need help tomorrow ?

I would also like to add that i am against any illegal alien student or not who has any criminal recorded to get any chance to be part of our country and become citizens whatsoever .

I would also like to ask you to be more open minded and don't believe everything you are told … but use your common sense and think for yourselves … for instance …many Americans say …if we give these people legal papers then they get our jobs and we have no jobs for us or our children … HA HA HA … why don't you take a look at this for a second or next time you call any major computer or credit card company … and person with foreign accent answers you call ….ask them this question … Where is your call center located ? You will find out that many of our best companies hire people in other countries and give them jobs that are supposed to be American jobs ..missions of American jobs are given to the people that live outside of the United States …

I strongly suggest that we give young smart educated prospective people a chance that they never had to create a better future together with Americans for themselves for us our children and our country … that is why there is The United States today don't forget that.


Ananomys
Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 5:22 am

You are totally wrong. We immigrants came to this place for a better opportunity. My parents brought me here as a child because they wanted me to have a better education and I thank them. One more thing everybody's illegal in the united states, People who should live her legally are Native Americans.


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Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 9:56 am

First of all, anyone with ANY intellect realizes that your “deport 'em all” plan is logistically and finnancially impossible.

Secondly… I don't even know where to start. Your “this is 'merica” views are everything that is wrong with our country. The vast MAJORITY of illegals work hard in fields, slaughter houses, construction, etc. They do NOT recieve free healthcare or freedom from prosecution for crimes.

Lastly, the constitution does not, contrary to what you think, set up rules on how to immigrate here legally. In fact, it says little on the subject at all. The point is that there is just about no way to come here legally. And you are simply a thick-headed bigot that is afraid of people that work hard and will probably not vote with you. Any SANE person can see that allowing students to educate themselves, and no not on your dollar, is the only reasonable and rational thing to do….. but hate is not rational and does not take kindly to reason does it?


john
Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 9:58 am

You are stupid beyond belief. Why don't you go watch some more Glenn Beck so you can find some more ways to justify your bigotry and hate.


BobApril
Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 10:12 am

I'm unimpressed with your admiration for Arizona's unconstitutional law – but you have a point. DREAM is indeed a form of amnesty. And we did indeed try that already, under Reagan. We were supposed to increase enforcement to cut down on new illegals coming in along with legalizing the ones we already have. It didn't happen. Until and unless we can show some progress at doing that, I don't see any point in repeating a failed policy.


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Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 2:50 pm

IF U DON'T LIKE OUR LAWS AND THE WAY THINGS ARE DONE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, GO HOME. WE DON'T OWE U ANYTHING. TRY TO CHANGE YOUR OWN CRAPPY GOVERNMENT IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY. WE HAVE RULES AND LAWS FOR A REASON, FOLLOW THEM LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, YOU'RE NOBODY SPECIAL.


Jonboys55
Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 4:44 pm

235 cities and towns w/drug cartels w/distribution for meth, crack, cocaine, marihuana, human sex traffiking, beheadings, secuestros, 800,000 plus fugitive warrants for serious capital crimes, tens of thousands of deported on felonies returning and committing more crime(now that is a DREAM ACT we can live without), illegitimate births to public hospitals, ore traffic and MX mal actitud de tirar basura, abuso sexual de infantil y hermanas, mas!


Rich
Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

The Dream Act seems to be full of loopholes. Anyway, there should be consequences and not rewards for purposefully violating our immigration laws.


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Greg
Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 9:42 pm

The everyone is illegal thing again? come on think of something better finally. This country was unsettled when early american ancestors began to file in, there was no government established that could proclaim this land as thier own at the time and a bunch of teepees and peace pipes do not count as an established society. Also, we all came from somewhere and though it is has been sternly debated but there are multiple theories that state that their origins stem from eastern Asia. Obviously they will argue the facts since the native americans don't want to lose conbtrol of thier casinos.


Alie
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 1:54 am

When you think about it , they wouldn't be doing all those things if we didn't provide the market for it . They sell us drugs because we buy it and ask for more and more . Think about how many sick people here will actually pay for prostitution both children and adult . So lets start with educating our children on what to do and what not to do or better take a look at the parents.


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Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 6:35 am

You are so ignorant it's almost ridiculous. Hey genius, do you have any idea how difficult it is for these immigrants to try to come here legally???? Especially the ones from the poor countries??? It is nearly impossible! You are so prejudiced and dumb that you are ignorant to the actual immigration laws of your own country! I love dumb people like you, it is extremely funny to read. You get these people who go “my parents did it the legal way…blah blah…” well morons your parents did it the legal way because they were able to…there are clauses that don't even allow Mexicans to try and apply for a visa to the US, let alone getting a green card. Because we created laws with the government in Mexico we took away the jobs of Mexicans in the fields and so they come here to look for the jobs we literally took away!!! Bet you didn't know that Mr. I don't read, I just preach crap I don't know anything about….Look it up and then get back to me!


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NOT NOW NOT EVER!
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 7:40 pm

I have a dream too, that in our nation laws no one is above them, and they apply to everyone equally. The dream act is a scam of monumental proportions!


Ananomys
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 9:05 pm

You want illegals to go home, Oh ya if you want every immigrant to leave whose going to do your lawn, whose going to do all the dirty work, because I don't think you would use your hands to do the dirty work. Immigrants do all the work that is done here in the United States, and you want them to leave. Not just illegal latinos are leaving but also asian, European immigrants are getting deported back to their counrty's.


Dan
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 9:44 pm

John, it's people like you that is destroying this great country. Depsite what you think, I actually have quite a bit of experience dealing with illegals and yes, they do receive free health care, education, social assistance and housing all paid for by the hard-working tax payers of the great US of A.

No way to come here illegally, um, crossing the border unchecked just so you can 'better yourself' by destroying the lives of American citizens is illegal. Sorry, but you fail on an epic scale trying to cram your liberal ignorance down the throats of those who are fed up with your bullshit. You are either 1) an illegal alien yourself or 2) have someone in your family that is.

Because NO sane American would say, “Yes, please come to my land illegally and steal my health care, my children's education, my jobs and please don't pay into the system but please do take from it, and please have as many children as you want so you can receive more social assistance from me…the tax payer.”

Ignorance isn't actually bliss John, they all lied to you lol.


Dan
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

Oh and I forgot to add your other bleeding heart conversation to the illegal John. Here it is,

“yes, please bring your third world crime to our country. We love it when you kill our children with your drugs and your gang wars for territory that isn't even yours by birth or legalization. Just take it. I'm sure no one will mind all the blood, graffiti, drugs and violence. We made it just for you not the American citizens. Those damn haters! And speaking of hate, please bring your hate for America to America when you come. It just wouldn't be you without it because we all know, you need to be able to sustain your culture within our land. Oh, and don't worry about having to learn English, you don't have to do anything you don't want to because we don't want to offend you with our national language. I got a better idea for you my beloved third world illegal immigrant friend, how about we force our citizens to assimilate your culture and language into their homes and familes and force them to adapt to your coming here and we'll force them to teach it in schools and if any of the icky American haters don't like it, why, then we'll force that school to shut down!! Would that make you happy? Yes? GREAT!! You feel like a true American without all the requirements and hard work now don't you? I'm so happy that you're so happy too have instant and unpaid for membership to this great club we call freedom!! You know, we really were thinking about you when we, the liberals that is, came up with the idea of freedom. No, no, don't let them lie to you and say that people had to “die” to earn that freedom, that's just a tactic the haters use to try make you feel guilty. You're not offended by that are you because if you are, you just head down to the local immigration lawyers office, you know the ones that support illegal aliens, and file a lawsuit against anyone for violating your civil rights as an illegal alien and steal their family's inheritance and home? And the best part, not only will you win because to offend you is to be discriminatory and that's illegal. No, no, not like your title “illegal alien” (giggling like a typical liberal) that means nothing here. There's nothing illegal about you. But you can do it all for free! Yep that's right! You can steal their money, homes and land by using their own money to sue them!! You're more American than an actual American silly! Take advantage of that!!”

Does that sound more like the tune you and your other liberal illegal alien loving idiots sing John. I bet it is.


ValleyVixon
Comment posted July 23, 2010 @ 12:58 am

So the Dream Act covers students 12 to 35, for students who are 12 to 18 does that mean their parents get automatic citizenship. If the student is 24 and comes into the country illegally but goes to community college or gets a GED they get automatic citizenship? I really am confused? I understand the problems for these kids. They were raised American but in reality they are not. I can see 17 and 18 year old's whose family are illegal but the children have completed their education and are working, with proper social security or working papers being able to stay. But they would have to be investigated for criminal acts, also if they were on Welfare or other county services at any time I would have to say no. We have given them an education it is time to let them take this gift and use it to enhance their own country. Then if they want to come back they can have an advantage in the citizenship process by knowing what is required to become an American. My other question is if 12 year old's can stay but their parents or family can't whose responsibility are they? The state? This is a problem we have been ignoring for years and like the unemployment and budget problems that have come to a head. This issue has to be addressed very carefully. I really feel for these people but too many others who have come to our country have done it the right and legal way. We would be slapping them in the face and I am sorry but if you want to be an American citizen then you must go through the proper channels.


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Comment posted July 23, 2010 @ 10:00 pm

It's funny for me to hear you talk Dan, I can't imagine what type of person you are but you must have a reason for saying all of this. Can you please tell me what it is? Cause I always hear people talking about how immigrants screwed Americans over but have never really heard of one specific, good example. And please don't give me your general, “they're benefiting from the taxes we citizens are paying” cause that is getting so old and believe it or not, they pay taxes too. Also, please don't give me the answer, “they're taking away our jobs” because unless you can give me a specific example of an American citizen who couldn't get hired working in the fields, cleaning tables or working in construction, I'm not buying it anymore.


Chasmango
Comment posted July 24, 2010 @ 10:17 pm

your comment on the dream act made a lot of sense. i raised and educated a chils who came to the US with a visa and passport legally but never went back she is now 18 aand graduated High School hopeing to go to college. She has never been on public assistance since i have paid all the bills


Barleycat
Comment posted July 25, 2010 @ 12:09 am

First question, why did your father in law wait so long to take care of his immigration issues? See, this is what I don't get. He would have saved himself a lot of later problems as well as save quite a bit of money.

Personally, I have no problem with the Dream Act, as long as it ONLY applies to current illegal minors in the country before the bill is passed, and secondly that the parents of these children be deported.

Deportation is the price their parents pay to secure this benefit for their children.


Barleycat
Comment posted July 25, 2010 @ 12:15 am

You know, your attitude does not further your cause and most likely will only swell the ranks of those against you.

Instead of attacking those who don't agree, why not provide detailed information as to why people chose to come here illegally. Also, it would be helpful if someone “in the know”, provided suggestions as to how the legal immigration process might be improved.


Barleycat
Comment posted July 25, 2010 @ 12:19 am

John,

The only cost involved with getting illegals to leave is the cost of prosecuting the people who employ them or give them taxpayer assistance.

If the jobs dry up, they will leave and it won't cost anyone a dime.


Barleycat
Comment posted July 25, 2010 @ 12:23 am

I think most would support the Dream Act if it ONLY applies to minors currently in the U.S. and not to anyone who arrives after the bill is passed.

I agree that the children should not pay for the actions of their parents……..but the parents who put these children in this situation should be deported. It's the price they pay for securing a possible better future for their children.


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Comment posted July 25, 2010 @ 2:16 am

Facts:

Illegals cannot get welfare, unemployment benefits or any other subsidized government help. PERIOD.

The article incorrectly points out that beneficiaries age group is from 12-35, but as the bill is written now, the only limit on age would be 35.

Our immigration system is broken. The backlog is years long and is very expensive, just another fact.


Woland
Comment posted July 26, 2010 @ 4:43 am

I find it kind of strange that we would pay for the higher education of people who cannot and should not be working here anyway. We always hear this @%it about how they only take jobs Americans won't do. I guess that means jobs with a college degree. My dream is that the employement laws passed back in 1986 would be enforced. I guess I was just dreaming.


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Kbukosk
Comment posted July 27, 2010 @ 4:40 am

Sorry, When parents make poor decisions, their children supper. Look at all the people in prisons. If you break laws you should have to pay for it. Regardless if you're the top honor student in Harvard or the dropout in the slums. The laws should be the laws and most of the elected in Washington who are lawyers who took an oath to preserve the law…period. Anything else is a slap in the American way! America is not the dumping ground for any and everyone. We need to preserve our way of life before we too are a 3rd world country!


Kbukosk
Comment posted July 27, 2010 @ 4:58 am

Just how many people do you think we should take? We legally take in 1 million people a year plus all the 12 H1b visa's. If we opened our doors with no thought as to who was entering. Would you want to live next to the border? After 911 it is stupid to think that we are save without closing our borders. The kidnapping, killings, from the smugglers to the drug cartels crossing our land that the government has posted signs on national parks that it is unsave to be there because there are smugglers with guns. Is this right that a citizen can't safely go to a national park.Washington selling our country for cheap labor and votes. They don't care if the jobs are gone or citizens lose their homes. The immigrants who built this country never demanded any thing but a chance. The illegals who broke our laws and then wave a foreign flag in our face and demand to take our land and demand amnesty have forced the american people to take action!


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DREAM
Comment posted July 28, 2010 @ 2:35 am

Some children were brought here as little as 1-5 years old. Do you think they knew what was happening? I don't think so. They live their lives as Americans only to find out, when their parents think they're old enough to handle the truth, that they're illegal aliens. In the mean time they have been working as hard, if not harder, than anyone in their school who is legal. They have to go through with the emotional detachment from society, a feeling of desperation everyday of their lives. They are only children. Some have everything to give back to America. I do. I'm 17. One of the most respected students in my high school. Ranked 5th. Run Cross Country & Track, Participate in 4 Honor Societies, various clubs including Student council, FBLA, Peer Mentoring. And I volunteer. I don't know if I'll get into college… I pray everyday for reform to come. The only reason I don't give up is because I have hope. I think a lot of Americans today are partially bias on this issue because they don't know someone who came here illegally, but we're everywhere, and its our biggest secret. I wrote a letter to the president last week about this. I just hope something gets done. Please don't feel offended by my comments, I am just trying to provide you with a perspective.


ValleyVixon
Comment posted July 28, 2010 @ 4:22 am

“I think a lot of Americans today are partially bias on this issue because they don't know someone who came here illegally, but we're everywhere, and its our biggest secret. ”
Dream,
This paragraph you just wrote is the answer to you question. except it is no longer a secret, it never really was. Do I feel for you and your family and friends yes I do, But your family knew what they were doing, they knew it was illegal and they knew the Consequences. They were able to give you a good education and you sound like a very good person. Have you or any of your family ever tried to apply for Citizenship? I don't want to hear sad stories, I want to know if you actually tried. Is the American government responsible for this mess, oh yes indeed.But just because a wrong has been allowed to slip between the political cracks doesn't make it a right. You stated that you have a good American education, then you must have spent sometime learning our constitution and the rules of our country. As American citizens it is our duty to respect and follow the law of the land. Your families actions did not, I am sorry you are in this mess and I am not upset or angry about your comments I really am concerned. By our country's failure to follow our own rules we failed ourselves and you. Now take your education and your knowledge of our country and use it. Go back to your home country and make changes within your own government that would help effect changes to ours. But please don't expect to be rewarded for your family breaking our laws.The sins of the father are visited upon the son, but you have the opportunity to take this as a challenge to change the rules for tomorrow. This is my perspective.


GO DREAM ACT!
Comment posted July 28, 2010 @ 6:41 am

I don't think children should suffer from their parents' actions. Every individual is responsible for THEIR OWN ACTIONS regardless if it's family or not. Kids who came here really had no say in it, so why should they be punished? You've been a kid before…PUT YOURSELF INTO THEIR SHOES. if YOUR parents brought you here illegally, i doubt you will be saying such a thing about children having to suffer because of their parents. And i think with these illegal immigrants doing the hard labor that citizens don't want to do, we are far from turning into a 3rd world country. if anything we are benefiting from it. From what i know, they don't get any health benefits whatsoever and they have to pay taxes as well. So i don't see what's wrong with the dream act. It's good that it focuses on a target group (minors) who i personally think are INNOCENT.

Also for those who kept pointing out that illegal immigrants did everything wrong by infiltrating the border illegally, taking jobs away, getting health benefits…as a us citizen myself, i think that there are a lot of us citizens who are dirtbags. They don't do anything, but take the government for granted. All they do is TAKE TAKE AND TAKE. They are the ones who should be deported! Many of them are lazy, DECIDE NOT TO GET A JOB, and just rely on the benefits they get to live their life. On the other hand, illegals don't get ANYTHING FROM THE GOV'T. Yet they are contributing to it by paying taxes or doing work others don't want to do. OK. I'm rambling now…but my point is that for something like the DREAM ACT, i support. children in no way should be blame. However if we were talking about overall amnesty to all illegal immigrants. I say hell no to that (we still need illegal immigrants to do the hard labor). If we legalize the young ones that came here and required them to get college education, who knows, maybe some good will come out of it


Damen
Comment posted July 28, 2010 @ 6:46 am

Dude, minors who came here at a young age did not “purposefully violate out immigration laws”. It is their parents who did.


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Rich
Comment posted July 28, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

Their parents would be rewarded.


Dream ACT
Comment posted July 28, 2010 @ 9:24 pm

I understand what you're saying, but that doesn't give people the right to punish the children. The parents are responsible for their own actions. Children and their parents are separate human beings. You don't see anyone else getting punish with the person who ACTUALLY commits the crime in general.

So if you're saying parents would be rewarded, then maybe instead of opposing the dream act, you can advocate for some sort of punishment for the parents or those within the age to make their own decisions like say illegals who came here 18 years and older. Eighteen is the age that US believe people fully understand the choices they make. That's why once you hit 18, you're legal to do a lot of things. Otherwise US shouldn't even have that age limit if they think that someone as young as 5 or 12 can fully understand what they are getting into. Also, it'll be unfair to tell them to go back to where they came from after all the years they spend growing up in the US. They probably adapted to the American society and the morals and values of it. If you're saying they should be deported too, then you're stripping them of the values they gained growing up here. I, too don't think parents should AT ALL be rewarded, but I think it's just too cruel to send the minors back who came here clueless.


texas friend
Comment posted July 28, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

Um how does educating immigrants turn us into a 3rd world country? Isn't it good to have an educated population? And let's be honest, not allowing people access to education doesn't make them leave, it just makes them more of a burden on society. ALSO, statistical data shows that US population would be decreasing if not for immigration, so legalizing more immigrants seems a solid way to increase the tax base, ya? Or do you just hate foreigners? “Our way of life”… please. You and I don't have the same way of life, and yet here we are both legal. Isn't there room for yet another way?


Lala
Comment posted July 29, 2010 @ 1:15 am

To answer your question … the story is long … he did apply for all the proper paper work on time and all that but like I said the lawyer who worked for him pretty much didnt follow the rules ..so my father in law had to pay for it .. by the time he hired another lawer to fix the first lawers mistake and all that many years went by ..I say the only reason eveything worked out for him at the end …bc he had lots of money .. not brains but money :) … it took him a long time also to figure out that his first lawyer filed his paperwork wrong …then this lawyer was trying to cover it and the second lawyer found out :) ..long long story man …it took lots of time and money …


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Comment posted August 1, 2010 @ 4:03 am

Also for those who kept pointing out that illegal immigrants did everything wrong by infiltrating the border illegally, taking jobs away, getting health benefits…as a us citizen myself, i think that there are a lot of us citizens who are dirtbags.


taxpayer
Comment posted August 4, 2010 @ 4:00 pm

This act is a very poor deal for the US taxpayers. The center for Migrants published a study that said only 1/3 of those eligible could fulfill the requirements to become citizens. The other 2/3 do not have good enough English skills, they lack education or they have family responsibilities (AKA Anchor babies.) If this passes those other 2/3 are free to roam around free for 6 years probably having more anchor babies and causing choas. We all know there is no way to track those on Visas. Who would enforce and track this?

Also for 30 years the US taxpayers have been required to provide services for illegals. It looks like our system to educate illegals has been a complete failure if only 1/3 of them can qualify for this Dream Act
. Our money was wasted. Lets not throw any more down this rat hole.


Joelwisch2
Comment posted August 6, 2010 @ 10:11 pm

It is almost incredible that Congress would consider this idea. They love to call us name, they are giving H1B Visas to people in El Salvador to learn how to make a sandwich, and they don't really care at all what the people thing. A whole lot of jerks called the Tea Party Movement a right wing reactionary process, and once again, got the jump on the tea party with the dirty names, and thoughts.

The illegal aliens committed a crime when they jumped the border, and don't tell me they didn't know what they were doing. They committed a crime, and now their children, as part of that family, are going to pay a price. Will pay a price for criminal behavior unless Congress can jam it down our throats and make the American Taxpayers pay for the crime while the children of the illegal aliens trot off to school. And when the job hiring is considered… well.. they are minorities, and that crap about racism and hatred is gonna work well for getting those jobs.

More and more frequently, the crime is Congress itself.


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Jess
Comment posted August 20, 2010 @ 1:59 am

YOU ARE RIDICULOUS. criminal behaivior? how dare you. you dont know the situation that is back in their country. THis act is for kids with NO criminal record. fucking dumbass cunt. your disgusting you think your better because you are american? well so am i and im also a human and i have feelings for others.


Hope.
Comment posted August 30, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

i am currently a college student myself; i just graduated from High School, making my family as proud as i possibly could with as many honors as possible. But one can only go thus far in the life of an immigrant. i was brought to this country at the age of five. Did i know what was happening? Of course not, I only knew i was moving. With some help from family, who are legal US Citizens, we migrated to America. Life was hard, of course, it was never easy for us. Money was tight, and living was a struggle. I made it my every day dream to make my mother and father the most proud parents there ever were. I won awards for my writings, I made it into GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) classes throughout my fifth grade and eighth grade years. In high school, i joined every club, i applied for Honor classes, Advance Placement classes and easily obtained them. Then came the crucial year: i was now eighteen years old. I saw as my friend's get cars, licenses, California IDs, jobs, while i made a lame excuse as to why I didn't. When i was alone, i cried to myself, and prayed to God that all the good i've done with my life in the United States might pay off one day. I applied to college, and had to pay extra fees because i was not documented. I am now attending school, but have no job, which makes it harder for my parents to pay for school. I have no license, which makes it hard to get to school. And i feel like i've been living a lie, telling my friends only what i want them to know (and that i'm illegally living in this country is not something i want them to know).

i do not live in this country to bring it down. i do not live in this country to take other's job. i do not kill. i do not steal. i attend church, and pray daily that this country will have mercy. yet every day on the news i see how a US citizen (of my age) has raped, killed, stolen, dropped out of school, has been arrested, started a satanic cult, joined a gang. if you want to deport anyone, i say it should be the one's who harm the country, not work thier asses off to try to please it.

my only prayer now is that this act helps me reach my goal of becoming an english teacher, and develop the mind of a child as it should be developed.


We pray for what you have.
Comment posted September 4, 2010 @ 2:13 am

I understand you. We are not here to do harm. We have bright futures. Some people are under the impression that all illegal aliens are landscapers, or “dirty Mexicans.” That's not only extremely disrespectful, but untrue. We have so much to give to this society. If you trace all terrorist attacks for the past year you will find out that most of them were attempted by US CITIZENS!

WE DO NOT WANT TO HARM THIS GREAT NATION.

We want to increase it's stability and fortitude. We are no threat to Americans. We want to be Americans. And we will do anything. Please. Citizens, feel our pain. Imagine what it must be like to live a lie for your whole life. To lie about something as seemingly minuscule as a driver's license… it sucks. Sometimes I feel like just giving up. But I don't. Because I was raised as an American. And Americans don't give up.


DREAM.
Comment posted September 10, 2010 @ 3:05 pm

I agree with you, in some aspects. Illegal immigrants did break the law. And by doing that, their children did as well. It's true we should pay a fine. We should pay for breaking the law.

But let me clear up some misconceptions about illegal immigration…
First of all. We are not just Mexicans. I'm not even Hispanic. Some people DO pay taxes. My parents do. You make it seem like we abuse an education and take it for granted as we 'trot off to school.' If Congress really gave a fuck about children like us we wouldn't just 'trot off to school' but actually have a purpose for going there. We would actually train for a future and a JOB which we could have if Congress would make immigration reform a priority BECAUSE WE'RE F*CKING PEOPLE. WE'RE NOT AN ISSUE THAT YOU CAN PUT OFF UNTIL NEXT ELECTION. The economy comes first and I understand that. But heck, even if it were a $10,000 fine for every illegal alien in this country my parents could afford to pay for me, my sister, and themselves and still have over 50k left over. We're not here to clean toilets or mow lawns. We have bigger aspirations & maybe I'm a little pissed off my parents did this to me. It's like a world of potential just collapsed in front of my eyes…


Dream.
Comment posted September 10, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

Thank you for responding to this. I'll say this. Yes, my family has tried to apply for citizenship a couple of times. The last time I think was almost 8 years ago, but it was a scam. I think my parents are actually scared to tell anyone or reach out for help because they know what they did was wrong. I'll tell you this. They are legal. They have numbers. They slipped thru the cracks and they thought my sister and I would as well. But a year after I entered this country laws changed, there were crackdowns, people went to jail for pulling off this kind of thing. And here I am.

Honestly if it was up to me, I would personally walk into an immigration office and tell them my story and hope that the lawyers could do something for me. But it's not up to me. I try to tell my parents to do something. My whole family actually. But they're just so scared they'll be deported and never be able to come back. I'm sorry to tell you that it's not that simple to go back to a country with a corrupt government and wait 10 years to come back to this great nation. Guyana's government is corrupt. We would have to give thousands of dollars in bribes and then we still may not be able to come back… I know this because my grandfather is trying to come here legally. He's been applying since 04 I believe & nothing. My great aunt from Maryland recently went down and married him in hope that that would speed up the process. I really wish it was that easy. But that's 10 years of my life… I'm afraid I can't do that. When I turn 18 I will walk into an immigration office and tell them. They should understand, right? I need help… Thank you for your concern.


Dream.
Comment posted September 10, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

Hope, Do you have an email? I have some questions about college for you. I'm in the same situation. Please trust me. I commented earlier. I just want to know some things about you. Please email me at latchmanc128@gmail.com

thank you. We all hope for reform.


ValleyVixon
Comment posted September 10, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

I have questions regarding the fact that you say your parents have numbers, I am assuming they are social security numbers? If this is so, they must have had legal entry visa's. these visa's would have had a time line attached and it was either extended or approved for life time residency. Which is the only way for these numbers to be valid, otherwise they are false and illegal. At the time you came to the united States you must have been listed in order to enter. If not then your parents brought you across the border after they entered which would have invalidated their visa's and made your status as well as theirs illegal. Which is it?

i have been doing some reading on Guyana and I must say it is quite a cartoon country when it comes to politics. But it is also receiving funding from the United States, so there is a relationship between the countries. Which makes me think that money changed hands in Guyana for a temporary workers or education visa to the united States.

If it was just a paper work snafu by the united States immigration authorities here not processing you and your sisters entry papers, there would be a trail and be easily rectified.

Part of your response that makes me wonder is that your great Aunt married your Grandfather to expedite his entry. that in itself is illegal under American immigration law. So it seems your family understands exactly how to circumvent the law and know fully that they have taken up residency without authorization.

I want to thank you for responding, but it only underscores my firm belief in strong immigration reform. I know you won't believe this and will still think I am just a biased American, but your story shows exactly what happens when the rules are not followed. You can't hold the citizens of the United States responsible for your family's actions. The blame is on your family not mine.


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Dream.
Comment posted September 18, 2010 @ 7:59 pm

Who are you? Where are you from? & What do you do? Because you seem to know a lot about this… More than I do. I don't agree with most of the decisions that my family has made. It's true what they're doing is trying to take shortcuts and make the expedite the process. I know it's illegal. I know all of that. I just want to know if there's any way I could gain citizenship. Any way other than going back to Guyana. Thanks for your responses.


Dream.
Comment posted September 18, 2010 @ 8:00 pm

think of the innocent children.


ValleyVixon
Comment posted September 18, 2010 @ 10:06 pm

I would like some time to think before I answer you, as a favor. I
will never accept the dream act as now written, but I can see the tie in to full reform. But I always have. Americans are an open and violent people, we are also first to jump the gun. So let me think, that's all I ask. My answer will be honest and my view only. Agreed?


Dream.
Comment posted September 20, 2010 @ 12:18 am

Yes. I'll check back frequently. Take as much time as you need and be honest. But I do as one more thing of you. Who are you and what do you do?
Thanks for caring about this. You are a great American. It doesn't matter if we agree or not, we still coexist peacefully & that's what I love about this country. Freedom of expression. Everyone has a say. Thanks ValleyVixon. Take care.


ValleyVixon
Comment posted September 21, 2010 @ 12:16 am

You have the right to ask me who I am. I am a soon to be a sixty year old white woman of Irish decent. I have a male child 25 who is Armenian American and a musician. I have worked on Wall Street as an international bank investigator. (1970's) Monet trading Japan market (1980',s) and a also Hollywood Mom. My son did a lot of commercials. I have also worked for chambers of commerce. So I have an interest in immigration. MY son's family had to go though the complete package on entering he country. It cost 10's of thousands of dollars to have only 3 people out of 8 to become Americans. The worked hard to become citizens. I am not married to him now, sorry to be an American you have understand it is a fight. Or it use to be.


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Comment posted September 21, 2010 @ 8:49 am

I came here U.S. as H4 visa status under my father's regard of H1B – He was the Marine Engineer, the Aquarist. At that time, I was 18 and so I had enrolled in public high school as Junior(suppose to be senior but only because of the reason language enhancement). I graduated year 2003. My status got expired year 2004 when my father's sponsor kicked out my father. this area, couldn't find any aquamarine culture engineering industry, his status was no longer guaranteed from anyone, nor by anything. Since I've been university with 4times higher tuition, thus I'm struggling with this & collection. I have a feel bad regard of this Dream Act bill. even age 17~18 is still dependence of their parent. They can't even allow to buy liquor, tobacco, and cough..G..an..z..a cough. They are practically nothing different than below the 16 in sort of under parental dependency. What they can do when their entire family moving toward other country & other place? They have no way at all. No way. Age limit is totally meaningless, ridiculous and notion-less. and one more thing I disagree with this bill, because I afraid if this get passed somehow and democratic party won't seriously consider the next immigration reform, because they may have a feel safe from taking responsibility of immigration reform and they think they achieved it as partially. Well then how about other undocumented immigrants who doesn't have kids? How about my case who entered the U.S. legally but because of my father's legal status, who didn't even apply for 245i law in order to follow the righteous legal way, meanwhile other undocumented immigrants' get benefit of it through their kids even if those kids weren't enter their age under 16, and confess their age were below 16 because there's no proof? for mine, because of my record on my visa, I can't take advantage for this part because I came in U.S. legally. so, These are the reasons I'm not happily agree with this Dream Act bill. It simply sucks to me, and this is totally A FUCTUATION. THIS LAW MAKING AUTHOR MUST BE AN IDIOT. PERIOD.


Infantry_hooa
Comment posted September 21, 2010 @ 9:20 am

by the way, I’m non-smoker and I’m still paying tax every single year. Don’t judge me as a selfish, you guys owned more selfishness than mine.
If this bill wouldn’t happened, we can survive via immigration reform. Not only you guys. Even your neighbor Juan, your uncle Jose, my friend Amigo, everyone can survive.
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correction

I graduated year 2003. My status got expired year 2004 when my father’s sponsor kicked out my father.

->

I graduated year 2003. My status got expired year 2004 when my father’s sponsor kicked out my father for his stupid economical reason. He was damn lack of responsible person I have ever seen In my entire life.


Infantry_hooa
Comment posted September 21, 2010 @ 9:31 am

That's what I'm talking about. good point.


Infantry_hooa
Comment posted September 21, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

Unless give the benefit to all (who initially came in U.S. as well as taking highschool education, before earn diploma) or give them the partial optional benefit as allowance to join the military except to go to college 2years in order to earn CPR, It's better don't make it! I have a dream too, not only you the people who initially came here under 16. I can't do anything this day but just stuck in home. wanna join the military, and finish my engineering degree.

just make a second option, MR. PRESIDENT.


Cris0744
Comment posted September 22, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

keep this in mind… A work visa his never a guaranteed immigrant status. PERIOD.

I am a Democrat and honestly i think the Republicans are correct on this issue, ask yourself this… A petition for a child normally takes about 2 years for underage child, 3 to 6 years. Our neighbors down south just wants to bypass this whole process, why, you ask? Well if you think about this every new president can give them a much faster process than those who go through the ordeal of filing forms and paying fees to sponsor a family member. They've been doing this for as long as I came here in the US petitioned by my father who was illegal immigrant, who married my step mom and got his citizenship. I then joined the US Marines at the age of 17 and completed my 5 Tours overseas.
This country has a great law but you have those to will find and try to find ways to admonish this process.
I am glad that Republicans stand their grounds I will vote for them this coming November and switching my party over.


Lion
Comment posted September 23, 2010 @ 3:45 am

You can say that because you've got peace of mind for this issue, unlike what you have been through in your past. so easy & convenience, Period.


Infantry_hooa
Comment posted September 23, 2010 @ 3:57 am

keep this in mind…Don't say “never” a guaranteed immigrant status, PERIOD.

as long as anybody applied for 485form or invite their family via 245i, doesn't matter which status he has, they all received Permanent Resident. You can't guaranteed for this thing because you didn't know about it however, that doesn't mean these people never get guaranteed about immigrant status. Things can changed as unexpectedly. Never say “Never” ever. Period.


Infantry_hooa
Comment posted September 23, 2010 @ 5:05 am

“Whether they show up through official channels or not,

if you work hard and contribute to the country (including paying Social Security and income taxes, which about two-thirds of [illegals] do pay), you should get a shot at becoming legal.”

- Colin Powell, September 22, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XrLcRvQd_Q


Infantry_hooa
Comment posted September 23, 2010 @ 5:07 am

Did your father paid Taxes from the moment he became illegal status and how was about you?


Infantry_hooa
Comment posted September 23, 2010 @ 8:55 am

Webmasters in this page –
http://immigrationimpact.com/2009/03/27/dream-act-immigration-reform/#comment-9780

are so mean, they keep erase my comment which exactly the same I have left on this page.


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