Make Dream Act reality.Byline: The Register-Guard
Since the failure of comprehensive immigration reform Immigration reform is the common term used in political discussions regarding changes to immigration policy. In a certain sense, reform can be general enough to include promoted, expanded, or open immigration, but in reality discussions of reform often deal with the aspect of earlier this year, Congress has focused exclusively on enforcement, while ignoring the 12 million undocumented immigrants already in this country and the major sectors of the U.S. economy that rely on their labor.
Meanwhile, the Bush White House has forsaken for·sake
tr.v. for·sook , for·sak·en , for·sak·ing, for·sakes
1. To give up (something formerly held dear); renounce: forsook liquor.
2. its long-standing commitment to thorough reform and launched an executive branch crackdown on illegal immigrants. It includes a new federal directive that will result in millions of workers whose Social Security numbers differ from government records being dismissed from their jobs. Employers who fail to act promptly against those workers will face penalties that include large fines and possible prosecution.
Now, federal lawmakers have an opportunity to advance a compassionate and intelligent provision of the comprehensive immigration immigration, entrance of a person (an alien) into a new country for the purpose of establishing permanent residence. Motives for immigration, like those for migration generally, are often economic, although religious or political factors may be very important. bill that failed in June. Sens. Richard Durbin Richard Joseph "Dick" Durbin, (born November 21 1944) is currently the senior United States Senator from Illinois and Democratic Whip, the second highest position in the party leadership in the Senate. , D-Ill., Chuck Hagel Charles Timothy "Chuck" Hagel (born October 4, 1946) is the senior United States Senator from Nebraska. A member of the Republican Party, he was first elected in 1996 and was reelected in 2002. ,R-Neb.,and Richard Lugar,R-Ind.,have introduced an amendment to a defense authorization bill pending in the Senate. The measure would provide a path to permanent legal status for people who came to the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. illegally before they were 16 years old, graduated from high school in good standing and agreed to attend college or serve in the military for at least two years.
The legislation would affect an estimated 65,000 students a year, providing them with a powerful incentive to finish high school and continue their educations in college or join the military - and eventually attain the legal status that would allow them to become successful, contributing members of society. For too many, the alternative is underground jobs and life in the shadows - or deportation to countries that many of these children don't remember.
These are kids whose parents brought them illegally to the United States. Critics of comprehensive immigration reform are fond of referring to undocumented immigrants as "lawbreakers,"but that description doesn't fit these young people. Yes, their parents broke the law by coming to the United States, but the children had no choice. They don't deserve to be punished. And since they will remain in this country, the best and brightest of them should be encouraged to pursue opportunities in the military or in higher education higher education
Study beyond the level of secondary education. Institutions of higher education include not only colleges and universities but also professional schools in such fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, and art. .
By passing the Dream Act, lawmakers would encourage the children of illegal immigrants, many of whom have spent years in America's public schools, to follow the upward trajectories of their U.S. citizen classmates Classmates can refer to either:
The anti-immigrant hard-core in this country has denounced the legislation as the "Nightmare Act,"warning that its passage would open the door to sweeping amnesty for all illegal immigrants. That's fear-mongering. Providing hope and opportunity to young men and women eager for a shot at the American Dream American dream also American Dream
An American ideal of a happy and successful life to which all may aspire: would strengthen, not weaken, this nation.
Eventually, Congress must tackle the problem of the 12 million undocumented, but approval of the Dream Act in no way commits lawmakers to mass amnesty.
By passing the Dream Act, lawmakers can send an important message that they haven't entirely lost their way on immigration - that they still believe in this nation's grand tradition of absorbing newcomers, of changing and being changed by them, and of eventually drawing them and their children - and their children's children - into American citizenship.