Let the Dream Act be a Wakeup Call
Originally introduced almost 10 years ago by senators Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Richard Durbin, D-Ill, this bill would grant hundreds of thousands if not millions of illegal immigrants brought as children the opportunity to gain legal status if they enroll in college or serve in the military.
Some people among us feel that this bill may be necessary and perhaps it even would serve justice to the illegal immigrants who have lived under very unfavorable circumstances for a number of years. However, let us not lose sight that these people violated our laws; they have crossed our borders bearing no documentation, or have stayed longer than what their visas allowed.
On September 1, 1983 a Korean airliner was shot down over the sea of Japan by a Russian fighter, the reason was that it crossed over Soviet air space and since they considered the borders of the former Soviet Union sacred, shooting down the civilian airplane was authorized. On the other hand, in America we have let more than 20 million people cross our borders with no repercussion or consequence. These two events are extremes and it’s well known that extremes usually carry negative consequences.
We enacted employment laws aimed to deter this huge avalanche of illegal immigrants. As a result, it didn’t slow down the influx and the employers who could have been our first line of defense failed to abide the law. Consequently, today we find ourselves at the verge to rewarding these people that for a number of reasons decided that they could cross our borders or overstay their visas with complete disregard of our laws. If you tell me that the DREAM Act, is for their children who now feel like they are Americans citizens. I submit to you, their parents should have discussed their illegal status with the children a long time ago to keep them from diluting themselves. It’s wrong to rise and allow your children to live in a foreign country with so much uncertainty. You’re teaching them that they have the right to be illegal and is okay, later around they will be rewarded for. Have these children grown thinking the government should provide for them? That is not the American way.
Brenda Greene, the organizer of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) said she is hopeful the senate will be able to vote their conscience on the DREAM Act. Perhaps Brenda forgets that we are living in the middle of a deep financial crisis. Yesterday the news reported that every state in the union is in the red. Governor Christie of New Jersey said yesterday very emphatically, I don’t have the money to make good on the state demands and obligations and now they are talking about state bail-out.
Erin McMorrow a math teacher of Basalt High School goes out of her way to encourage friends and family to call their senators in favor of this bill. I think she should do the math and see if we can afford this bill or not. Organizers and teachers like Brenda and Erin should be more informed about our present economic situation, and be more conscientious about it. We the People, need to realize that every dollar that the federal government uses it’s borrowed money. The 800 billion TARP is money that we the taxpayers have to pay back with interest. Congress has operated under the premise that “money is no object” for a long time, today we see the results of their gross mismanagement. Do we want to add another big brick to our already heavy rock-sack of indebtedness?
Let’s see how much our big heart is going to cost us. According to the Heritage Foundation, Doctor Shanea Watkins, Robert Rector and Christine Kim prepared a special report on education back in April of 2007. Here they explain that Education is the single largest component of State and local government expending taking about one third of the budget. Furthermore, in most cases the government pays directly for the cost of educational services, therefore, it must have the money on hand, and for that, the government must borrow. How much do we need to fund the DREAM Act? Let’s see. If we count about 25 millions of illegal immigrants let’s just take 15% or 3.75 million of students. The average college cost is about $25,000 dollars per year, which is about half of what it would cost to go to Yale for example. Multiply $25,000 X 3.75 million and that equals to $93.75 billion roughly that we would add to the Federal Budget. Frankly, it’s very likely that this calculation would end up short of what it really is. Nonetheless, if I was a member of congress and I have to vote my conscious like Brenda said, I must think first in serving the people that with their vote gave me their trust. This is not the time to think Democrat or Republican this is the time to think as an American what is best for our country.
I am sorry for those young people whose dreams they see shatter with the wrecking ball of injustice ultimately they are innocent; this is why we must look to the parents and ask why have they let their children feel like Americans with rights when just by being here is a violation of Federal Law?. That is gross negligence and for the parent’s mistakes is not up to the American people or the US government to pick the tab.