There is always that one student that has a strong work ethic and when things get exacerbated they keep working and just do not quit. These students are students who are eager to learn who want succeed, but when it comes to the end of their high school career, what happens? There are approximately 65,000 young adults that are undocumented and graduate each year from high school ( “The DREAM Act Immigration Access to Higher Education.”). These students want to achieve something prominent for themselves they have the grades and the qualifications so that they can attend college. The main obstacle standing in their way is citizenship or residency.
This complication prohibits them from being able to apply for government financial aid. Tuition is not only higher but triples to being in state, so that they can feel assuaged. There are many speculations of why people migrate to this country, whether it is illegal or not. One of the main reasons that they migrate is so they have a better life and so do their children such as being able to have a better education.
Although there are many undocumented people in this country, immigration is one of the main reasons that our country’s economy is functioning. The DREAM Act not only helps students to go to college and be successful, but it also helps sustain the economy of the United States, but will take several years for the process of the DREAM Act to become a reality.
Education and job opportunities are a few things that entices people to come to the United States. In the United States there are many opportunities to be able to achieve what some consider to be the “American dream.” Education is one of the main reasons that many immigrants choose to come to America. Because many kids are brought unwillingly to the United States by their parents, many are then enrolled in schools. Their parents enroll them in school because they know that, that is they way to be able to achieve something higher than what they achieved.
All the parents want is something better than what they had; for many that is what the “American dream” is about. On the contrary many people think that illegal immigrants are simply endangering the education of their kids. “As with people from all over the world, many Central Americans move to the United States or Canada so that their children might have a better life. Education opportunities are a major draw. But many financially strapped public schools are overwhelmed by the special needs of students who arrive in their classroom speaking little or no English.” (Hernandez, Romel 19).
Many of these students would not be able to attend school in their country because of financial need. In the United States these students have the option to attend public schools and receive a free education and give them a better paying job. “Many of the immigrants, lacking a college education or extensive job skills, have no options except low-wage work. Some encounter discrimination in the workplace.” (Hernandez, Romel 18).
The benefits that are offered here in the United States are programs such as Medicaid, and food assistance programs. Medicaid is one of the most used programs used by the undocumented immigrants for their children that were born in the United States. There are also many immigrants who have the need for food, and some people think that they take advantage of these programs. “A study released by the Center for Immigration Studies, and immigration research organizations, stated ‘The same study also showed that illegal aliens imposed a burden on America’s social programs such as Medicaid and good assistance programs as well as the prison, court, and health care systems.’
In addition, some critics argue that the willingness of illegal immigrants to work for low wages displaces American workers and decrease pay for all workers.” (Haerens 19). There are many that disagree with undocumented immigrants being in the United States because they think that most immigrants are either drug dealers, or gang members, but most of these immigrants are just here to live the “American Dream.” They are here to be able to be more than they could be in their own country. They want to be something and be able to accomplish what many of their family members could not.
There is one question that many people always think about when it comes to immigration. Are the undocumented immigrants helping or hurting our economy? There are many people who argue that immigrants hurt the economy, but by having the DREAM Act it will help the economy. “A study released by the Center for Immigration Studies, and immigration research organizations, stated ‘Households headed by illegal immigrants imposed more than $26.3 billion in costs on the federal government in 2002 and paid only $16 billion in taxes, creating a net fiscal deficit of almost $10.4 billion, or $2,700 per illegal household.’” (Haerens 19).
On the contrary, if the DREAM Act were to be passed, it would cut the deficit by nearly $1.4 billion and increase the revenues by $2.3 billion over ten years. These students could also add $1.4 – $3.6 trillion in taxable income to our economy (Miranda). There would be more jobs created since there would be many applications that would need to be overlooked and analyzed. There would be much more professionalism in the United States and improve the quality of life. The fees for the applications the DREAM Act would also contribute to stabilizing our economy. If the DREAM Act is passed, not only will it help settle our economy, but it will also create jobs and increase the quality of life.
The process for the DREAM Act is long, and can take many years. There are many requirements that one must meet, and things that must be done before and after the student is eligible for the DREAM Act. For these students to achieve Lawful Permanent Residency (LPR) they must go through a rigorous path. The average waiting time for someone to get an LPR is about two to three months, and sometimes even around 6 months depending on their situation (“The DREAM Act Immigration Access to Higher Education.” 257).
In order for students to be eligible for the DREAM Act, they need to have proof that they have lived in the United States continuously for at least five years. Another requirement is that they would need to have been brought to the United States when they were under the age of sixteen. They need to have been under the age of sixteen because this would mean that they were brought here by their parents unwillingly.
These students would have to have good moral character. In government terms, this means that they would not have to been involved in any criminal activities, even if they were charged as minors. The undocumented immigrant that would want to apply would have to also been admitted to an institution of higher education and had earned a high school diploma or the equivalent to a high school diploma, like a GED. This would allow the student to have conditional permanent residential status.
The conditional permanent status would give them the chance to complete either two years of college, or serve for two years in the military. After having completed two years of either college or serving in the military, they would qualify for the full legal permanent residency. (“Legislative Background on the DREAM Act” 267). By allowing these students to join the military, they would be able to expand the “recruiting pool.”
There are many people who argue against whether if these students that receive the DREAM Act would be allowed to petition for other family members. These students would not be able to petition for other family members for as many as 20 years. This is because the process of the DREAM Act would take a few years, but then the process of becoming a citizen would take much longer (Miranda). This would allow only the best of the students who are willing to succeed in life to earn their legal status by working hard.
Many undocumented families come to the United States to give not only themselves, but their children a better life that will give them more opportunities. This is what the United States wants to see, students that accomplish their life long dreams. By giving them the opportunity to go to school, allowing them health services, such as Medicaid and food services to those who need them.
The DREAM Act will help stimulate the economy and increase professionalism as well quality of life in the United States. Think about that student that works hard, earns good grades, and wants to be something. They walk across the stage, receive their diploma and see that ecstatic smile on their face because they know that they will be able to go to college and live their “American dream.”