Tuesday, September 21, 2010

DREAM Act a Controversial Bill Brings Vote Today

The DREAM Act is a controversial bill that is being brought to a vote in Congress today.  Surprisingly enough, the DREAM act isn’t being widely talked about in the media, perhaps because of the controversy contained in it.

Ever since Arizona announced the passage of SB1070, the “Arizona Immigration Law” the rights of illegal immigrants has been in the forefront of political debates. The constitutionality of allowing states to make it a criminal offense to be in their state illegally has been questioned by the Obama Administration.

The DREAM Act would give immigrants that came into the states as minors and are pursuing an education or serving in the military citizenship.

DREAM stands for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors.  The language for the act is written into the Defense Authorization Bill, which also strikes the controversial “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” language from the military.

More than 700,000 students who are in the US illegally could become citizens and have a fast path to a green card if the act is passed.

Many are concerned about the implications of the bill. Could taxpayer funds be used to help those who entered our country illegally pay for their educations?

What do you think of the DREAM act? Do you support the bill or not?

1 comment:

  1. I am a US Citizen and believe that those young people should not be blamed for their parents decision to bring them here when they were kids.


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