One would think that a bill that would allow 60,000 high school graduates a year the opportunity to pursue higher education could garner pretty widespread support in Washington, particularly given our President’s commitment to educational excellence and leaving no child behind.
And if these graduates came from a segment of society which the right-wing continually claims under-performs academically and eventually becomes a burden on society, one would think winger politicians would be falling over themselves to support legislation that would enable these ethnic scholars to become more productive members of society, even if to only supply more to the tax base.
OK .. just kidding .
We all know at wingers see 60,000 immigrant kids yearning for an education and say: “No way, your American dream ends right here, we don’t care that you were raised and schooled in this country, we don’t care that despite all odds, you’ve succeeded, we don’t care that you’re just as ‘American’ as the next kid.” …all they see are “illegal aliens”
Each year approximately 2.8 million students graduate from United States High Schools. Some of them will go on to college, join the military, or take other paths in life, hopefully all becoming productive members of society, But for approximately 60,000 of them these opportunities will never be available , not because they lack motivation, or achievement, but because of the status passed on to them by their parents. They cannot attend college, or otherwise live a full lifes. Children that grew up on American soil, respected the laws of this country, and want nothing more than to be recognized for what they are, Americans….despite the “sins of there fathers.”
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But it doesn’t have to be this way
A simple little bill, written by Sen.Dick Durbin(D-Il), can change the situation.
At seven pages long it’s got a few simple provisions that would allow thousands of kids who’ve worked hard and played by the rules to qualify for the exact same rights afforded every student in the nation. … the right to continue their educations and make a better life for themselves and there families.
Wingers call the legislation “just one more shamnsty” bill, because it allows those who have lived here most of there lives, and know no other home, a conditional reprieve from arrest and deportation. It allows them a chance to temporarily shrug off the yoke of their parents “misdeeds” and provides them an opportunity to prove themselves “worthy” of their adopted home.
The DREAM Act would provide a path to legality for persons brought illegally to the United States by their parents as children, or whose parents attempted to immigrate legally but were then denied legality.
To qualify, the immigrant student would have to meet certain requirements:
Proof of having arrived in the United States before reaching 16 years of age;
Proof of residence in the United States for a least five (5) consecutive years since their date of arrival.
Having graduated from an American High School, or obtained a GED.
“Good moral character,” essentially defined as the absence of a significant criminal record (or any drug charges whatsoever).
After meeting the above requirements students would be eligible to apply for a temporary six year “conditional” residence permit which would allow them to live legally in the United States, obtain driver’s licenses, attend college as in-state residents, work legally (including obtaining a social security number), and apply for special travel documents which would allow for travel outside of the country for limited amounts of time.
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During the six years of conditional status, the eligible immigrant would be required to either:
graduate from a two-year community college,
Complete at least two years towards a 4-year degree, or
serve two years in the U.S. military.
After the six year period, an immigrant who meets at least one of these three conditions would be eligible to apply for legal permanent resident (green card) status. During their temporary time, immigrants would not be eligible for federal higher education grants such as Pell grants, though they would be able to apply for student loans and work study.
If the immigrant does not meet the educational or military service requirement within the six year time period, their temporary residence would be revoked and he or she would be subject to deportation.
During the six years, the immigrant must not commit any crimes other than those considered non-drug related misdemeanors, regardless of whether or not they have already been approved for permanent status at the end of their six years.
If the immigrant meets all of the conditions at the end of the 6-year conditional period, he or she would be granted a permanent green card with the same rights as a permanent resident alien, including the right to apply for U.S. citizenship.
It’s a simple enough bill. No hundreds of pages of legal-speak and loopholes like most immigration related legislation.
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The qualifications are simple and cut and dry, The “benefits” and obligations easily understood. You can read a copy here to see for yourself.
Wingers are already gearing up to fight this bill. Their spin machine of obfuscating rhetoric is ready to go. Numbers USA has already sent out hundreds of thousands of action alerts to oppose the legislation. Michele Malkin, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Relly and Lou Dobbs are already spreading their foul bile and propaganda.
But there’s not much to debate here.
One either sees these children raised and schooled in America as future Americans …or sees them as nothing more than the products of their parents “misdeeds” who must be punished the rest of their lives as such.