UPDATE 12/18: Dreams crushed in the Senate today as DREAM Act did not pass cloture (55 voted for, 41 voted against) – needed super majority to go to up or down vote.
Original post 12/9 – The immigration drama continues! In the news, the possible passage of The Dream Act that would allow children of illegal immigrants to receive conditional non-immigrant status and the opportunity to reside permanently and legally in the U.S. The act, if made law, means that, even though their parents are here illegally, these young people will have a path to citizenship by way of a 2 year college education or service in the armed forces. The conditions for eligibility are that the child must have been younger than 16 when they entered the U.S., have been living here for at least 5 years, have a diploma from a U.S. high school (or the equivalent) and qualify for college or military service.
As of today, the Dream Act is in play. The first act passed in the House and act 2 will be in the Senate. According to the “reviews” (a.k.a., press spin) though, it is not expected to get through the Senate vote. Supporters of the bill say that the beneficiaries are innocent kids who embrace the American dream. They want to work and become stars. They argue that it’s their parents who committed the crime of being here illegally, not them, and the USA is the only stage they know. Those opposed, say it goes against the rule of law and rewards the bad performance of their parents.
Part of the problem is that many of the children of illegal immigrants are in the dark about their parents’ status until they try to get a driver’s license or apply to college. That’s when their folks get “caught in the act” so to speak. So, how does our country play this out? How far are we willing to take the drama? Should these kids be held accountable for their parents’ actions? Or, do we educate and recruit our way to a stronger nation? So, MAMAs do we ask the kids to exit stage left if it’s their parents who wrote the script? Or, do we give them an encore?
What do you think should be the final curtain call MAMAs?