No matter what you think about immigration, illegal immigration, and closed borders, I think the Dream Act should be handled separately.
Yes, the kids who would be effected are not legal citizens of this country. But they are young people who can be vastly influenced in our way of life, customs, and absolutely benefit from a decent education (if that is possible in this country today.
“…My name is Maria and I am a DREAM Act beneficiary. I arrived in this country at the young age of 12, with my parents, from Peru. I am now 21 years old and undocumented. I have grown up in the United States and consider this country my only home. If sent back to Peru, I would be banned from the U.S. for 10 years and the chances of coming back are slim to none. I graduated from high school in 2004 and since then, it has been difficult for me to continue my education as a result of my status. The DREAM Act would help me, and students in my situation, realize our dreams of becoming active members of society by allowing us to attend school or join the military….”
I guess I agree with the basic idea of the Dream Act. I think she is putting way too much faith in Barack Obama, but that’s another story. I just can’t see anything wrong with educating young people who, unlike the rank and file “average” American twit, actually want an education.
It is sad that the very young people who are so disparate for an education and are risking everything to get it, are the ones who risk being deported back to a life of poverty, depravation, and even death. They WANT an American Education. Our lazy, unappreciative, abjectly ignorant natural born American students don’t give a rip about an education – or anything else other than their creature comforts. Maybe they are the ones who should be deported and let the kids who want to learn do just that.
As I write this, it dawns on me that we are literally ‘barking up the wrong tree’ when it comes to education reform. What if the problem isn’t the “system” but the abjectly stupid, lazy, and over-indulged American children and their equally stupid and ignorant parents?
It is quite obvious Maria puts them to shame.
Perhaps the wrong young people are being deported. Maybe we should allow those who have discovered the worth of this country to stay, at least until they complete their education. If they choose to go into the military then they and their families should get a break.
These past few years at the Pink Flamingo, your humble blogger has repeated stated it is something akin to a ‘crime against humanity’ to force innocent young people back into a situation where the situation is less than optimum. Let’s face it, deporting children and young people who known only life as Americans – and loyal Americans – is counter productive. It is cruel. It is almost evil. It has almost destroyed the Republican Party.
Unfortunately good decent Republicans, misled by the corrupt agenda of hard-core anti-immigration zealots have been misinformed about immigration. They’re also being misled by men and women who are more at home wearing a white sheet and a pointy hat. They’ve been misled by an agenda that is based on hate, anti-Hispanic racism, and eugenics.
I don’t know about you, but I would much rather have Maria as an American citizen than John Tanton and his nasty associates. I think she is probably a much better person than is Tanton, Brimelow, the Minutemen, and their minions.
Too bad fools don’t learn from history.
If we continue to deport the likes of Maria, we’re hurting ourselves. Instead of creating a new generation of well educated men and women who love this country, we’re risking the creation of a generation of people who wish this nation ill. When you have millions of men and women who were mistreated as children, you end up creating a very serious problem. If you don’t think so, just look at the problems in Gaza with the Palestinians. If the original founders of Israel had treated these people differently, and not supplied the relocation camps, maybe we would not be watching yet another war in the Middle East.
AS AN ASIDE: My great, great grandfather Froehlich (according to family stories) was granted his citizenship during the Civil War. He was a Hessian Mercenary who came to this country to fight for the North. Family stories say his citizenship came directly from Lincoln. I’m not sure about the validity of the story, but he did come to the US to fight in a very unpopular war for a very unpopular president and was rewarded for that. He sent for his fiancé, who quickly joined him and the rest is history. If this has happened before in American history similar things, such as Maria suggests, should be allowed again.