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The future of millions of undocumented students hangs on the lame-duck Congress

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Sup. John Avalos says the DREAM Act recognizes the contribution immigrants make to the community, and to the creation of economic opportunities for everybody. "Immigrants here support themselves and their families across the water, so it makes sense that we make proper investments and support," Avalos said. "Education is one way to make the world a more stable place."

Sup. David Campos, who came to the U.S. from Guatemala as an undocumented teenager, sees the DREAM Act as a piece of commonsense legislation.

"It's so modest," Campos said. "Even those who are against comprehensive immigration reform should be for something that recognizes that young people, who came here not by choice but because of their parents' issues, should be given a chance to give back."

Campos said his father was able to gain legal status for his whole family because of his employment, but that many undocumented youth aren't so lucky.

"We open the doors to our public schools, we invest in their education, and then, when they are ready to give back to us, we say, 'No, we don't want you here,'" Campos said. "The best and brightest, the risk-takers, come here. As a country, we cannot go forward unless we realize that this influx of creativity and entrepreneurship made this country what it is."

Comments

If they can't pay their bills, then who will pay for them to go to college?

How is this fair to others who would like to be citizens but follow our immigration laws?

Wouldn't this provide an incentive for other line jumpers in the future and just make the problem worse? The word will be out to every would be fence jumper in the world to just get to America, and then your klids will go to college free and be citizens.

The longest path to citizenship should go to the lawbreakers, not the shortest. Going to college for free (or subsidized by others) for two years as the path is outrageous.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 02, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

Currently, people don't need to be U.S. citizens to serve in the U.S. military. But most immigrants who join up have a green card, and do so to pursue a military career, get financial aid for college, earn money and become U.S. citizens, if they choose, after completing their tour of duty.

So, it's clear that the U.S. is already O.K. with having immigrants fight its wars. And that the DREAM Act would build on this existing pathway to citizenship to the extent that undocumented youth choose this option, over going to college.

But the DREAM Act wouldn't force them into the military as their ONLY option. That's a critical distinction. Americans apparently don't want their children to be drafted to fight the wars their elected representatives authorize. So, how would it be fair for Americans to insist that military service be the only pathway to citizenship for youth who were brought here as children, when they aren’t prepared to force their own kids to fight these wars?

Posted by sarah on Dec. 03, 2010 @ 5:30 pm