The DREAM Act
After about twelve years of the DREAM Act floating around in congress, many people on both sides of the issue are unsure of what will happen. For some, the fact that it has been around for long without much progress means that the DREAM Act will not pass. On the other side of this issue, the dreamers, continue fighting to keep the DREAM Act alive, so that all the immigrant students can continue to post secondary education, and not have to stop their education at the end of 12th grade. These young immigrants were brought here when they were younger and have lived in the United States most of their life. They are known as dreamers because many of them cannot continue their education due to the barriers placed on them because of their undocumented status. Those who wish to continue to a post secondary education have to pay higher out-of-state tuition rates. The passing of the DREAM Act will provide a path to legalization for educated and dedicated individuals who will continue to contribute a lot to the U.S. economy and in many other ways. The majority of undocumented students were brought to the U.S. when they were small children, and they “should be allowed to have the chance to stay in the country call home” (Bennion).
The DREAM Act legislation should pass and become a law; in a way this will be beneficial for both parties involved, for the young immigrants and for the U.S. If this is not possible an alternative should be sought out. The DREAM Act could be embedded into a comprehensive immigration reform, or the government can look to give the dreamers and other immigrant’s temporary legal status. “The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act would offer the undocumented youth the chance at legal resident status” (Bennion).
According to Eric Ruark and Matthew Graham’s essay, immigration is increasing poverty in the United States. In their essay they discuss how employment visas are hurting the U.S. According to them employment visas have a significant impact on the country’s labor force and this is something that should be carefully considered (Ruark and Graham). But even with this in mind, the employment visas are not handed out based on education or skill level. According to the U.S. in 2009 only 5-8 percent of 1.1 million legal immigrants admitted possessed employment skills in demand in the United States (Ruark and Graham). The problem outlined in their essay is that employment visas are handed out to immigrants who have low qualifications and this in effect causes a surplus of unskilled labor in the U.S.
Many of the points made by Eric Ruark and Matthew Graham in their essay are valid, immigrant groups in the U.S. have very low qualifications, and that is because there is no way for them to better themselves. In order to improve their quality of life, children of illegal immigrants deserve better educational options (Haskins and Tienda). According to Ron Haskins and Marta Tienda “the immigrant's success is based...