The United States IS home to these children. DREAMers grew up here, went to school here, and speak English fluently. They have no country to go home to nor did they do anything wrong ; yet we make them live in the shadows. How can we, as a nation of good conscience, punish these innocent children for the mistakes their parents made?
Immigration Makes America Stronger. Nearly all our families migrated here from somewhere and history repeatedly confirms that this influx of new energy and talents helped us grow into the great nation we are. As the U.S. population ages, it's even more important to welcome young people who can power the next generation of leadership.
DREAMers are a valuable human resource. It takes intelligence and determination to excel academically while living in the shadows. These extraordinary efforts should be encouraged rather than derailed. Our nation needs these talents to remain an innovator and an economic powerhouse. So discounting the talents of these young people is not only wrong, it's foolish.
These new citizens will generate revenue. According to the bi-partisan CBO, over 10 years, DREAMers would contribute as much as $1.7 billion in future tax revenue. The net effect would be a $2.2 billion reduction to the federal budget deficit. So the DREAM Act is a smart economic move as well.
The bar is set high. This session's DREAM Act has higher standards for applicants than ever before. Background checks and medical checks are mandatory. Biometric data prevents any possibility of fraud. And the conditional status can be revoked if someone violates the good moral character clause. So there's virtually no risk in this bill and an enormous potential for reward.
States get to choose tuition levels. One of the most controversial provisions of past DREAM Acts has been the mandate for States to charge in-state tuition to DREAM students. In this version, the decision whether or not to charge in-state or out-of-state rates is left to each State.
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Illegal is illegal. These students are not U.S. citizens. The sad and simple truth is their parents broke the law. That's not fair to all the potential immigrants who are playing by the rules and waiting for their chance. More importantly, as a nation ruled by laws, we must abide by them and enforce them, or the very basis of our national culture is in danger.
It will encourage more illegal immigration. Giving these students a path to citizenship actually rewards their parents for bad behavior. And there's no reason these new citizens can't then petition on behalf of the parents who came here illegally. As a result, the DREAM Act actually creates an incentive for more undocumented families to come, hoping for the same reward. It won't solve the problem; it will make it worse.
DREAMers take opportunities away from American students. With competition for college slots more intense than ever, it's not fair to bump an American-born student in favor of someone who came or stayed in this country illegally. Likewise, any financial aid we offer these students means less support for all the children who are here legally.
The definition of good moral character is questionable. A person can be arrested for minor offenses 3 times and still qualify as a DREAMer. So how do we know we're not legalizing career criminals that will cost us even more in law enforcement, judicial and social services in the future?
Border control must come first. If we offer amnesty before we secure our borders, we will have accomplished nothing. In another decade, we will be facing the same problem we face today. The only rational approach is to stop illegal immigration before we even consider humanitarian issues.
It costs government dollars we can't afford to spend. In a time of sky-rocketing debt and deficits, we should be cutting programs, not adding new ones that will squeeze state and federal resources even further. Even if we wanted to do this, we can't afford to do it now.
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Read the bills for yourself:
Senate Bill 982 by Sen Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 34 co-sponsors
House Bill 1842 by Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) and 28 co-sponsors
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