Flor C. Valdes
D.R.E.A.M. Act Research Paper
30 November 2012
The American D.R.E.A.M.
Once upon a time a boy named José Hernandez, the youngest son of an immigrant family from La Piedad Michoacán, heard the news about the first man who landed in the moon. One night looking at the starts, José asked his dad how was it possible that a man could go as far as the outer space; his dad gave him a simple answer, studying. After that night José knew the importance of education and he set a goal for himself, he wanted to be an astronaut. Although America is known as the land of opportunity, many children of illegal immigrants do not even consider graduate from high school, and sometimes those who dare to dream in getting an education face the reality of not having the same opportunities because of their migratory status. Every year over three million students graduate from high school and approximately 65,000 cannot get enrolled in a university for being illegal (Basic information). In the attempt to give the youth a chance to be all they can be, the government is reviewing the D.R.E.A.M. Act propose. The D.R.E.A.M. Act is not only beneficial to the illegal youth in America, but also to the nation.
The Development Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act is a bipartisan legislation created by Sen. Orin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL). The bill was introduced for the first time in 2001, it was voted down. The D.R.E.A.M. act needs 60 votes to become a law, in 2007 it was re-introduced and got 52 votes, and in 2010 was only 5 votes short. The main purpose of the D.R.E.A.M. Act is to encourage brilliant students to continue their education, regardless of their migratory status (Basic information). Some people believe that those kids who were brought to America as babies, toddles or adolescents do not have to be persecuted, because it was not their decision to cross the border illegally; some of these young people do not have any...