By Ralph De La Cruz
Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

You would figure that anything that had the endorsement of Newt Gingrich and Harry Reid, the blessings of Bush-appointed Defense Secretary Robert Gates and President Barack Obama, that was co-authored by conservative Florida Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart, would be a no-brainer to pass.

Particularly when the legislation is the darling of a party that’s about to lose its majority status.

But these days Congress is redefining no-brainer.

The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act makes sense on so many levels.

It rewards hard work and academic success by offering a path to citizenship for minors who came to this country and succeeded academically. It will add skilled workers to our labor pool. And it rewards people who have stepped forward to protect our country by offering that citizenship pathway to those who have served in the military.

Georgetown President Jack DeGioia wrote that, “At Georgetown, students who meet the DREAM Act criteria are campus leaders and role models for their generation. They are pursuing challenging majors, are actively engaged in campus organization, and regularly participate in community service.

“As these students work toward completing their degrees, their drive to give back to this country — using the knowledge gained through an American education — is unparalleled.”

What’s not to like?

Let the Center for Immigrant Studies, a group that’s pushing for tighter immigration, count the ways.

They estimate that the DREAM Act would cost the state of Florida $472 million more per year. That it won’t give us sufficient economic payback. And that it will take coveted college spots from native-born students.

The question that I always ask hard-line immigration folks is, “So, which do you think is better for our state and country? To educate 69,000 bright and motivated young people, or let them stagnate and become part of an invisible underclass?

Which is really the better path for the good old U.S. of A.?

Count me as someone who would rather make a $472 million investment in success than end up spending $472 million for jails and law enforcement and care for the uninsured.

As for the nonsense about children of illegal immigrants crowding out native-born Americans, I say, as the parent of a youngster who’s about to apply for college: If a kid who has come from another country to live here in poverty and in the cultural shadows is able to beat out my kid academically, so be it.

Or even better, let’s build more colleges. Hire more professors. If it’s important enough to society to provide advanced education to as many people as possible, let’s do it.

But it sure doesn’t make sense to deny qualified, motivated students the opportunity because native-borns can’t compete against them. That’s just … un-American.

No less a conservative thinker than Newt Gingrich has reached a similar conclusion, calling the DREAM Act “useful.”

This is one of those instances where so many people agree something needs to be done, but no one has The Solution.

Do you?

Speak up if you’ve got any ideas about what needs to be done.



2 Responses

  1. Francis


    Majority Senate Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois predicts the Dream act will come up for a vote this week. We cannot let Senator Reid and his demagogues lever this badly worded immigration bill in for a vote. With Senator Reid at the helm of his Liberal ship, he cannot be allowed to pass this law–as is? It will cause another Chain Migration avalanche of family members, who eventually will end up on the welfare rolls. This became predominant after first of sixth amnesties that began in 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli bill. There is absolutely no question that in the coming years, student family members will become a further economic encumbrance on the middle class once –Chain Migration–is underway. This nation cannot afford this monstrosity of a bill, in this fiscal period with America teetering on a 14 Trillion dollar edge of insolvency. This is not just about the US treasury, but almost every State the money reservoir are badly depleted from the illegal alien welfare programs.

    California-the Sanctuary State—on the front line of illegal immigration has serious money problems.

    Just because someone does not agree with the provisions of the Dream Act, does not mean they are a racist. When the Tea Party memberships were branded as racist, the illegal alien students lost their argument with American people. For over twenty years citizens and permanent residents have been paying for children of illegal alien parents in education through K-12, health care and a host of other welfare entitlements. This includes the babies intentionally born in this country, so the parents cannot be deported and able to collect food stamps, medical in the name of the baby. The average population grows from instant citizenship children of 300 thousand a year. Taking advantage of the badly interpreted 14th amendment, that gives instant citizenship to the infants of illegal alien mothers.

    It seems the more the taxpayer gives, the more foreign trespassers demand. The Dream Act is another ideology born of Liberal progressives who seem to believe we as a nation have an obligation to support every impoverished person, who manages to slip through our borders either on foot, vehicle or by plane. As I have repeated before-there will be more taxes needed to pay for this back-door amnesty. Those taxpayers who have had enough, Scourge your Senators with your words and your Members of Congress to oppose the DREAM Act Amnesty — 202-224-3121 NumbersUSA for details. NumbersUSA will inform you of the truth.

    Illegal alien students are not exempt from joining the armed services in time of war. Once enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces, under 8 USC § 1440, these illegal aliens can become naturalized citizens through expedited processing, often obtaining U.S. citizenship in six months? Every student or any foreign national has the option of being recruited for the military, without the need for passing the Dream Act.

  2. Larry

    Newt Gingrich, if he does not do immediate damage control on his support for the Dream Amnesty, will destroy his chances at the Republican nomination on this one issue alone. If you have not noticed, we are in the midst of the great recession. Unemployment is going up, not down. Ever other major nation has REDUCED its immigration due to this recession. I thought Newt was smarter.


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