The 2010 DREAM Act is highly controversial. The bill allows the children of illegal aliens to become US citizens provided they serve in the military or get a college degree. The supporters of the DREAM act claim that its passage is only right, as the children of illegal immigrants – although illegal immigrants themselves – are only “victims” of their parents decisions.
They claim that passage of the DREAM Act is only “the right thing” to do.
Opponents of the act claim that it should not be the responsibility of the taxpayer to pay for the schooling of illegal immigrants, and that although it’s unfortunate that they do not have a legal status, the fact still remains that they are illegal.
There are a couple things that need to be explored. First, would the passage of the DREAM Act actually bring over more illegal immigrants? Will parents illegally enter the country in hopes of giving their children a better life? Honestly, if I lived in a country where opportunities were limited, and I thought that by illegally entering another country with my child, that they could have the possibility of a better life…I’d do it in a heartbeat. Chances are many will think that same way.
The problem with the DREAM Act isn’t the act itself. It was buried in a Defense spending bill. The GOP filibuster isn’t directed simply at the DREAM Act. It impacts DADT, the DREAM Act, and many other provisions. The democrats want swift passage without debate, and Republicans want a chance to mull over the bill and make amendments. Therefore, the hopes of a DREAM Act passage aren’t too far fetched.