Senator Harry Reid Promises Dream ACT Vote in Lame Duck, Students Ask For Unity
Senator Harry Reid says he will bring the Dream Act up for vote during the Lame Duck session. The Dream Act allows children of undocumented workers to get an education since they were brought here due to no fault of their own.
Law enforcement officers during Phoenix march talk to immigrant youth
The majority of people in prison in the US are poor. The school-yard to jail-yard path to a life of crime is well documented. Those who have a chance to work their way out of poverty usually become productive members of society. It is far more expensive to institutionalize a criminal than fund education for students who not only repay the cost of education, but contribute to the tax base.
Young people, especially immigrants, make lasting contributions,cure diseases, find new processes, that would never have been possible without a college education. Nearly all stand in line each April 15 with a check to Uncle Sam. All people suffering poverty need a hand-up rather than a hand-out from time to time. Those who get the hand-up usually return the favor when others in need make the appeal.
Student Band Marches For the Dream Act
In addition to poverty, students of undocumented workers face an additional barrier. Hope. Even if they can find a college to admit them, increasingly difficult since most schools require a social security number, the student cannot use his degree. A social security number is needed for most jobs for which a degree is required. That is especially true where the degree also calls for a license, as in doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, teachers, police officers, veterinarians and engineers, to name a few. When a college is found, out-of-state tuition puts the school out of reach for the poorest of the poor.
While most feel immigrants should not cross the border without inspection, it is hard to apply the standard to the youths whom the immigrant families brought with them. A 3 year old, for example, knows nothing about laws and borders and passports. What she likely knows is the feeling of hunger in her stomach. She will learn English and American values as she grows up, yet be precluded from participating in society in anything but the lowest paying jobs. She will become a second class citizen in a land where equality is supposed to rule.Continued on the next page