Dream Act Action Needed!
by Norman Adams on December 7, 2010 at 11:11 AM
There has been a lot of misleading information in opposition to this legislation. But the truth is, it’s the right thing to do for our country, for our economy and for young people who were brought here through no fault of their own! These young folks are American in all aspects other than their immigration status.
The shouting minority (enforcement only crowd) are calling the Dream Act “amnesty for criminals,” which is a gross distortion of the truth! Common sense and moral values will lead reasonable people to support the Dream Act. Giving these educated young folks a pathway to legalization is not only good for our economy and military recruiting, it will also be an expression of America’s basic decency and compassion.
We are talking about human beings that were brought here as children and educated in our public schools. In many cases they have no knowledge of their home country and speak English only. These young folks have no legal options or hope under existing immigration laws of ever legalizing their status.
The Dream Act provides for a 10 year temporary status for those individuals who have graduated from high school and have no violent criminal record! They can only achieve Permanent Resident status after 10 years provided they graduate from at least a junior college or serve in our military for 2 years. It incentivizes these individuals to get more education and to serve in our military. What’s wrong with that? It makes them productive tax payers in our country. What’s wrong with that?
What is the alternative? The alternative is that these individuals, many of them university graduates with advanced degrees, will stay in the underground economy. Our opponents never answer the question as to what they would advocate; only “close the borders first.” Opposition to the Dream Act leaves the status quo of providing zero legal options for these individuals other than voluntarily departing the only home they know.
Opponents say that this will create automatic citizenship. False. The truth is, ten years temporary status and then five years permanent status after which they can apply for citizenship! Military service is the only shortcut!
Opponents say that it will allow those who qualify for the Dream Act to bring millions of relatives. False. At a very minimum it would take 15 years before the first individual who qualified under the Dream Act could petition for a parent, spouse, brother or sister.
Sensible immigration reform is supported by the faith community, it is supported by the business community, and it is supported by the U. S. military. Texans for Sensible Immigration Policy is asking you to fax and email both Senators Cornyn and Hutchison. Please also fax and email every member of Congress to whom you have ever contributed. The message is simple, “Please support the Dream Act!”
God bless you for reading this email. May God move our elected officials to do the right thing!