Would ICE deport Superman?

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Crossing a border to escape poverty doesn't make you illegal, but it does leave you in a Catch 22 undocumented situation

Would ICE deport Superman?

That's a question Erick Huerta, a journalism student in Los Angeles, poses in a timely DREAM Act-related first-person piece about the double life of an undocumented student.

“Once, when I was seven, I fell asleep in Michoacán and woke in Boyle Heights. No joke. Now I am a bewildered 26-year-old undocumented college student, whose life may become a slightly less surreal dream if the DREAM Act ever passes, but only slightly less so,” Huerta writes.

Huerta describes the depression he underwent when he graduated high school in 2002.

“I was horribly depressed because all I had to look forward to in life was selling hot dogs, fruit and shaved ice in a cart my dad owned. Not to mention that a decade of internalized oppression and instilled fear of La Migra traumatized me,” Huerta recalls.

His situation improved somewhat with the passage of state Assembly Bill 540, which allows folks in his situation to pay in-state tuition at college if they are California high school graduates. And inspired by a young woman named Tam Tram, the first undocumented student he ever saw speaking out openly and unafraid, Huerta stopped feeling bad for himself and started to try and make the best of his situation.

This mental shift included finding undocumented students organizing for the DREAM Act.
“I share my story regularly with high school kids because I know my words will resonate with others who are undocumented and afraid,” Huerta concludes. “I let them know they’re not alone and that things will get better if they continue their education. Despite lack of legal status, no one can take away our education.”

Huerta’s words probably won’t stop the haters from leaving offensive comments on the blogs. But as more undocumented youth step forward, tell their stories and put faces on their otherwise shadowy figurres, it’s going to get harder to scapegoat them.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting suggests the Obama administration has been trying to look tough on immigration enforcement in the past two years, in an effort to appease Republican factions that have been hell-bent on blocking immigration reform. It's unclear whether personal stories by undocumented students  will be able to transcend partisan politics and give undocumented youth a pathway to citizenship. But if they did, it would be the best gift the nation could give itself this holiday season.

Comments

Let's have some Nightmare Act Facts: 1) FACT: Any Mexican 18-35 qualifies for this amnesty, which means they could be up to 41 by the time they graduate, 2) FACT: There is no requirement they receive a degree, 3) FACT: These people are not reviewed to see who "has been here for decades through no fault of their own" and those who swam the river last week, 4) FACT: As many as 2,000,000 American citizens will not be able to attend college because recently amnestied Mexicans have taken their spots, 5) FACT: Over their lifetime Mexicans, whether illegal or recently amnestied, serve a net loss of $2,000,000 per person. Yes, they do pay sales tax and gasoline tax, but this pittance comes nowhere near the dollars they take out in social services costs such as welfare, infrastructure, health care, and education (it costs $200,000 alone to educate each Mexican through K-12 grades), 6) FACT: That Mexican Third World culture is incompatible with American First World culture, especially in such matters as the acceptance of alcoholism, spousal abuse, and age of sexual consent (which is age 12 in Mexico! Seriously!), 7) FACT: There is absolutely no provision in the Dream Act to prevent criminals, even those with convictions for violent crimes, from availing themselves under this amnesty, 8) FACT: Of the 1.5 million American jobs created last year, 1 million of them were taken by illegals who work for less because they don't have to pay many of the taxes American citizens must pay, such as income tax, 9) FACT: The Dream Act is not being reported on the major news nor cable news channels because the overwhelming majority of American citizens feel that American tax dollars and American college spots should go to the benefit of American citizens, because we paid for those privileges, 10) FACT: Mexico has not had a famine since 1915, and no one is "starving" or needs to "feed their families" by coming to America. These people are Economic Refugees who only infiltrate America to make money to largely purchase consumer goods and non-necessities such as designer clothes, etc., 11) FACT: The Dream Act could pass if YOU don't call your Senator tonight AND tomorrow morning. Be respectful, but be FIRM. American resources should educate, enhance, and benefit the lives of AMERICANS. This country and its resources ARE YOURS. Don't give them up without a fight...or without the FACTS!

Posted by Guest on Dec. 07, 2010 @ 4:49 pm

These are not FACTS, but conjecture that shows your bias. There are not a limited number of college seats that will disallow the non-DREAM act participants from gaining education, and the money available is also not used up. More and more states are realizing net gains from immigrant populations in all the tax revenues versus spending. These allegations of the cost overages and limiting services were never accurate and feed the ignorant with "data" to support unreasoned thought.
And by the way, Designer Clothing is available in lots of countries and in many at cost savings compared to US stores.
Any DREAM Act participant will still need to apply for citizenship and it will be granted based on all the conditions that are current for all persons who apply including criminal background and health. The is only an opportunity to apply for people who have been in US and have legally attended US school as is allowed by US Immigration Policy. These are children of Undocumented without a clear legal status, all the DREAM Act does is put reasonable practice in place to enhance the future of America and future Americans.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 09, 2010 @ 10:13 am

THE DREAM ACT WILL EVENTUALLY BECOME AN ECONOMIC YOKE AROUND AMERICAS NECK.

Majority Senate Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois predicts the Dream act will come up for a vote this week. We cannot let Senator Reid and his demagogues lever this badly worded immigration bill in for a vote. With Senator Reid at the helm of his Liberal ship, he cannot be allowed to pass this law--as is? It will cause another Chain Migration avalanche of family members, who eventually will end up on the welfare rolls. This became predominant after first of sixth amnesties that began in 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli bill. There is absolutely no question that in the coming years, student family members will become a further economic encumbrance on the middle class once --Chain Migration--is underway. This nation cannot afford this monstrosity of a bill, in this fiscal period with America teetering on a 14 Trillion dollar edge of insolvency. This is not just about the US treasury, but almost every State the money reservoir are badly depleted from the illegal alien welfare programs.

California-the Sanctuary State—on the front line of illegal immigration has serious money problems.

Just because someone does not agree with the provisions of the Dream Act, does not mean they are a racist. When the Tea Party memberships were branded as racist, the illegal alien students lost their argument with American people. For over twenty years citizens and permanent residents have been paying for children of illegal alien parents in education through K-12, health care and a host of other welfare entitlements. This includes the babies intentionally born in this country, so the parents cannot be deported and able to collect food stamps, medical in the name of the baby. The average population grows from instant citizenship children of 300 thousand a year. Taking advantage of the badly interpreted 14th amendment, that gives instant citizenship to the infants of illegal alien mothers.

It seems the more the taxpayer gives, the more foreign trespassers demand. The Dream Act is another ideology born of Liberal progressives who seem to believe we as a nation have an obligation to support every impoverished person, who manages to slip through our borders either on foot, vehicle or by plane. As I have repeated before-there will be more taxes needed to pay for this back-door amnesty. Those taxpayers who have had enough, Scourge your Senators with your words and your Members of Congress to oppose the DREAM Act Amnesty -- 202-224-3121 NumbersUSA for details. NumbersUSA will inform you of the truth.

Illegal alien students are not exempt from joining the armed services in time of war. Once enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces, under 8 USC § 1440, these illegal aliens can become naturalized citizens through expedited processing, often obtaining U.S. citizenship in six months? Every student or any foreign national has the option of being recruited for the military, without the need for passing the Dream Act.

With regards to States as Arizona, California, Texas and New Mexico being financial impacted by the illegal alien occupation. If the Federal governments failure to enforce our border with a national military presence or the original double layer fencing barrier, then states should have a right to police the best way they can in protecting Americans from foreigners who cross the border with an intentions to do harm or other criminal activity. The US Supreme Court should do the right thing for every state that is under continuous bombardment by economic illegal aliens and dangerous persons, that has propagated across our country. The should see through business entities such as the US Chamber of Commerce, whose main involvement is profitable gain for its business owner subscribers. Include in these complainants organizations who have a financial interest in bringing in illegal aliens, such as immigration attorneys who make their living in filing documents and consultations with the influx of people.

Posted by Guest Francis on Dec. 07, 2010 @ 5:19 pm