October 31st, 2014
The Dream Act
Imagine for a moment that you are a teenager, you have a group of friends whom you have been close to all you life; you’re one of the top students in your graduating class, and your teacher tells you that if you keep up the good work, you have a great opportunity of getting a scholarship that could pay for all your college tuition. A scholarship you really need since your dream is to go into medicine. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to fulfill your dream because you’re an immigrant. Being an immigrant doesn’t allow you to get any financial help, get any scholarships, and you’re not allowed to take out any loans. You cannot legally obtain employment after graduation either. If you really desire to go to college you would have to pay out of state tuition, which means paying approximately $16,000 a semester or more at most universities.
All people regardless of their immigration status deserve the right to obtain an education. A bill named the “Dream Act” Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, is a seven page long bill that would allow thousands of illegal student immigrants who have worked hard and played by the rules, an opportunity to qualify for the exact same opportunity offered to every other student in the nation; the opportunity to continue their education and make a better life for themselves and their families. The Dream Act beneficiaries must have graduated from an American high school; they must also prove they have been living in the United States for five consecutive years. They must also prove they arrived in the United States before the age 16 and they must be under the age of 35. When a country encourages its people to be educated, the country becomes more powerful. More people would be educated therefore more money would be coming into the economy. (Miranda).
One would think that a bill that would allow 60,000 high school...