DREAM Act: Immigration Reform or Economic Reform

Nayeem Hossain

Nayeem Hossain

Many of you, who might be interested to come to the United States or are already in United States. You should know this, with a gloomy economy the country is less welcoming to immigrants these days. Even some second generation immigrants don’t accept their ethnic countrymen with open arms anymore. More immigrants mean more population, more competition for what ever job is left. Now let’s look at that term, when we talk about immigration problem  it’s not all  immigrants actually it’s illegal or undocumented immigrants or ‘aliens’ they are talking about. Immigration reform is a must and it will be an issue for politicians aspiring for offices for many years to come. With an ever growing Latino and pocket ethnic communities, the politicians are always counting votes before moral ground to decide which reform they are going to support and which to reject. The latest casualty seems to be DREAM Act.

Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act or in short DREAM Act, is to help those individuals who meet certain requirements, have an opportunity to enlist in the military or go to college and have a path to citizenship which they otherwise would not have without this legislation. The qualifications are pretty simple; they must have been in the United States before the age of 16, must have been in the US territory for straight five years before the act is passed, must have got their GED or high school finished with academic proof of admission in a university or enlisting for the military, must be at the age of under 35 when applying for the immigration process and must be of good character standing, meaning no criminal record of any kind. In other words, it’s not for those who come here for a university degree and start looking for jobs right away. There’s a process already for them. It’s for families and has more of a humane side to the story.

Think about it, when someone come to a country with a visa that allows not to stay but they still stay back or when one come without any legal authorization, they break the law. I won’t disagree with that. But who are the people who would take that risk or why? Most of them come here for a better life, or in short “The American Dream”. Most leave their families and friends behind to work hard and make a future. Some help their families back home, some bring them in the United States later on. These are very common story and most of you know someone who did this. With a massive border with Mexico which works as a gateway for many from Latin America and courtesy of human traffickers, all over the world, these people risk imprisonment to take their chance to change their fate. Result is a huge influx of population from many backgrounds and cultural ethnicity that may be some communities were not ready to accept in the country. I do understand that emotional part, especially when they find many of these newly migrants getting involved in violent activities it’s hard to blame the people for being angry at an open immigration process. Also the surge of the cross border drug and arms problem in the southern borders in Mexico makes it a viable cause of worry. The Dream Act doesn’t protect any of the people who are involved in criminal activities, it’s about the ones who came here without a choice or had no say in this migration process- the minors who came with their parents.

When a child moved to the US with their parents, they didn’t have much of a say in it. I’m sure a five year old didn’t push their parents to change country so they can watch movies on opening nights or go to Disneyland when ever they want. But they are also undocumented, and technically broke the law. Children are the most adaptable and open part of the society until we fill their tiny minds with thoughts. Many tell their children to be careful not to talk to strangers, stay with only people from same ethnic backgrounds and not to get involved in the greater community movements for the constant fear of getting caught by the authorities. So the children stay in their neighborhoods, don’t get much education, start working at early teens and some get involved in violent activities. Without a flexible immigration reform, at least towards these children, many would get through the crack of the system in years to come. Then there are those, who send their children to the public school system. Push them hard to do well in studies so at least they can work and thrive in life and have the life their parents didn’t have. All these children work hard, get educated only to find that they can’t go to the school they could’ve gone only if their legal status would’ve been different. Some get scholarships for their hard work but many settle for less, may be a full-stop to their academic life. Their potentials never exploited because of their immigration status. The DREAM Act gives these children a chance to make it to the community and contribute to the economy.

The part that most of the left of the polarized political spectrum is talking about is the sad stories of compassion. The right is making it a polarized issue by mixing border security and surging crimes. What none talk about is the economic factor of this act. As ever evolving tech sector will tell you, more than half of the working in the sectors, research and development, start ups are migrant graduates and migrants file for patents twice as much as native born students. If we allow the DREAM Act, then we can have a huge influx of students, who are going to contribute in our R&D sector, not only in tech but also in basic science and help United States stay push ahead in innovation. The more heads the better it is for us. Many in the academic arena will validate that migrant students come back as faculties in universities and now with tighter immigration process we have a brain drain in the academic sector. With further alienation of those who are studying here already only for immigration process we don’t help that issue. The educated sector of ethnic communities are better prepared to become a part of the mainstream American society, so they can help their immigrant communities to integrate and get involved in the greater community, which means more cross cultural commerce within small business owners. Those who have lived in a ethnic surrounding knows, there are more misconception about ethnic cultures within many migrant communities then among natives, for that many avoid mixing with other migrants. With grandchildren educated in a multicultural classroom, may be they can take their grandparents to a sushi bar or a huka bar now! We will increase source of future teachers and doctors-two sectors United States has a huge shortage and will bring new perspectives with their ethnic heritage in entrepreneurial sectors.

The law doesn’t allow the thugs to get a shot at citizenship, neither the ones who chose not to take the advantage of a career. It’s subjected to the ones who are willing to do the hard work to get education and serve the country. Another aspect is, many of these undocumented children go to our school systems at an early age. That means the tax payers are investing on them already, so why should we deprive ourselves from ripping the benefits? We keep them in the system to make sure more parents are encouraged to send their 16 year old to school so he’s life gets easier with proper documentation, rather then sending them to work so the family can have as much earning as possible. These children are going to be future taxpayers which will help the state and federal government to ease pressure on that ever increasing deficit. Our recent enrollment in science and engineering sector is dropping among native students with the complaint that most jobs in those sectors goes overseas. What we don’t see is many ethnic Chinese and Indians are actually taking the advantage of this global economic opportunity and looking for business prospects now in their ethnic countries too. With an inclusion of more educated young immigrants, we can make sure the country is earning money through these multicultural and international business entrepreneurs as they’ll be more willing to take the risk with better understanding of both cultures.

The government should sell these economic factors more to show the oppositions of the DREAM Act that these actually help the mainstream communities in more ways then we know. Besides if a man shoots and kills another man with the shooter’s five year old son beside him, we don’t call that child a criminal and prosecute him; then why are we calling these children criminals? Iowa governor-elect Terry Branstad is suggesting that his state bar children of illegal aliens from the K-12 public school system!! These are to score some cheap points with the conservative native moods, but how is this helping those children and the overall society? These children will loose their motivation and would feel alienated by the mainstream community and will be more prone to take violence as an option. Also culturally they’ll be in a limbo state. They are neither an American nor say Bangladeshi or Mexican. Their cultural alienation will make them more unproductive for the society. Unless we are planning to quarantine all of these people and throw them out of the country, which is impossible-then why aren’t we allowing those to integrate? I recently read a comment of a ‘concerned mom’ in a blog that these illegal aliens are crowding our classrooms and exposing their children to more “Un-American” elements. If these undocumented children now pay instate fee in colleges then taxpayers are paying for their tuition and maybe her children will not get admission at all. I felt sorry for her, for two reasons. One for realizing her child is not smart enough to face competition and two she doesn’t know her own country that well. The basket full of “Un-American” elements are what makes United States so unique, and the more the children from all culture mix together the better their understanding about the world will be. Also we are paying for all instate children so they can have a better chance of getting a job in the future, pay taxes and pay the taxpayers back.

The Dream Act makes more sense to me as a longterm economic reform plan then a simple compassionate immigration reform bill. I think more of us should look at it like that 🙂

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8 Responses to “DREAM Act: Immigration Reform or Economic Reform”

  1. Invictis

    I wanted to respond to your article. I don’t know if your an American Citizen or not so bear with me as I give you an “American Perspective.” While you got some things right, your assumption that the current invasion (primarily from south of the border) of latinos will begin start up companies or even contribute more than they use is completely off the mark. The average education of the illegal aliens is estimated to be between 3rd and 5th grade. Unless you consider selling tacos from a street cart a start up, then its not going to happen. There first generation children are not much better with a drop out rate of approximately 50% (see California stats). What they are is a fiscal drain and nightmare for the American Taxpayer and Citizen who gets to pay for the privilege of watching their country destroyed while various business owners take home additional profits. While there are some few who have managed to do well in school, they are the exception, not the rule. The whole point of the Dream Act is not about education, even if that is how it is written. It is nothing more than a “backdoor” amnesty program which could allow anywhere from 2-5 million illegals to eventually become American Citizens. The numbers are uncertain because the government, operating through our paid whore politicians and activist courts, have made sure that no real count can be made because it would upset businesses and their profitability. The fact that one version of that bill has no end age and the other will allow up to age 35 speaks volumes doesn’t it. Yes, those 35 year old “kids” just want to go to college or into the military. There is another provision which you did not cite which is in both current forms of the Dream Act: A provision that will allow for misdemeanors and certain felonies to “not be counted” against those applying. And of course, like the 1986 amnesty, you will have an amazing number of people coming out of the woodwork, all with some form of false documents showing how they have been in this country for the number of years needed and fit neatly under the Dream Act umbrella. The American people are not stupid, but the very language of these two bills is insulting to the core because it truly assumes we are.

    In regard to start ups, who is footing the bill for the foreigners coming into this country and beginning companies? Primarily it is split between the government and the private sector (individuals, companies and venture capitalists). So my question to you is how many American Citizens, who are entrepreneurs with excellent business ideas which could provide America with news businesses and ideas are left with no funding because they can’t get access to these funds??? For me, who is one of the entrepreneurs, it is another in a long list of frustrations in which foreigners (legal and illegal) are getting breaks that should go first and foremost to American Citizens.

    I will finish with this: Beyond the media (and especially the leftist media which dominates the airways in this country and who goes out of there way to play up the sob stories and attack American Citizens who are against illegal immigration) is the real story. That story Nayeem, the real story, is one of pure, unmitigated American Rage. Its there simmering at a low boil and is held in check………..for now. And regardless of what any illegal alien advocate or left-leaning liberal will say to the contrary, if that Rage takes hold and flares out of control, this country will find itself buried in a second Civil War. I won’t waste time attempting to explain this to those who choose not to see, but it not only can easily happen; I frankly expect it too. And I can tell you with certainty that the politicians, congress, and all the various government entities from the Federal to the State and Local level will be caught completely unaware…………even though it should be completely obvious. For those of us on the front lines, we know just how volatile the situation has become. And if it explodes: Think Katrina x the 500th power and perhaps you will get the idea what will happen in and to this country.

    The “elected” officials, the businesses, the media; all of them had better start paying attention to the economics of the average American Citizen………..and while they are doing that, remember these two points: 1) That this country was born through revolution and 2) the vast majority of American Citizens are armed. I would ask that you reflect on that while you consider my responses to your article.

  2. Ravi Gehlot

    In my opinion,

    We shouldn’t be worried about DREAM ACT. The DREAM ACT will cause more mayhem. Think about it…the children will be allowed to stay but their parents will be deported. So what good is that? Families will still be broken. Those children that choose to stay will remain unprotected and orphans. No good! Another stunt from Mr. Obama. With all the due respect, I thought that Mr. Obama would have kept his promise on “Immigration Reform For All” like he sold it to us before the elections.

    This is how I see this issue…criminals don’t get a turn here. They committed crimes, they must be deported. No exceptions. The criminals I speak of are those who have committed heinous crimes. Not those who crossed the border. Those are NOT criminals. Having that out of the way, let’s focus on those who are already here. You must learn English, earn at least a GED(everybody that doesn’t have one) and pay a fine. If you push all 12 to 15 million illegals to pay a fine –for every unpaid tax year–, the government will be paying the deficit or at least it will stop borrowing so much money from other countries like China. Families won’t be split apart because they will be allowed to stay. For that to happen, we have to militarize our borders. In BOTH sides with Mexico and also CANADA. Those who would want to come here to work…they would be allowed to work on a work-visa. They would be required to return to their countries after a 6-months period. That way, if they prove to be of good labor, they would be given a path to citizenship over time. For those already here, let’s see that they pay a fine, learn English and be a productive member of society.

    On the other hand, I don’t see any Immigration Reform come to fruition. The government didn’t keep his promises and now that the Republicans are majority in the House of Representatives, forget it!!!!! We were lied yet once more!

    Have a good day and thanks for writing this article.

  3. Jennis Hopwood

    We need this (Dream Act) immigration reform. Those kids should stay here and get their legalization and pay the taxes back that all of us payed them to get their education done. So when I’m old and when my grand kids going to school they can be benefited in the future.

    People who don’t like the Dream Act, those who don’t understated the situation and who never be in college. 50 years ago England had the best universities in the world. Did anybody know why? immigration.

    In late 80’s United State universities becoming better and better. Why? That is because of immigration.

  4. Jennis Hopwood

    The other people who don’t like immigration reform. people who like cheap labor. so they don’t have to pay more for Americans. So legalize those immigrants who work hard and send those junkies hell.

  5. Francis

    RED FLAG WARNING ON THE DREAM ACT–AMNESTY

    The facts about the Dream Act and not the propaganda from Senator Harry Reid’s Liberal party leadership that must–END? Sen. Jeff Sessions put out the following release last week on the DREAM Act, that it’s an incremental illegal-alien amnesty bill. IT IS A VERY CAREFULLY PLANNED AMNESTY, FULL OF RHETORIC? BUT EVERY TAXPAYER NEEDS TO READ THE FULL TEXT OF THE WHITE PAPER. Remember your taxes are certain to accelerate upwards, to pay for all these indecent provisions. American citizens are already having money extorted from them to pay for the babies of illegal aliens born here, the education of illegal alien children, the health care for all family members and crammed prisons and jails for convicted illegal alien felons. All needs to to be paid for by your taxes? High on the list of Negatives is that the students, will be able to sponsor immediate family members under the chain migration law.

    Not so much the students who would become naturalized citizens, but the chain migration that would snowball for all family members. As I have said before we are committing financial suicide, because the majority of guarantors never honor their affidavits to support the people they vouch? In the end the older family folks who have never paid into the Social Security system, become another public welfare liability. Hundreds of thousands or may be millions have been allowed into America on the surety of the original sponsor, who failed to support his-her immediate family. Over the years taxpayers have been confronted with this issue, as the US government never had the man-power to enforce this sponsorship law. Years of non-compliance has be come yet another Social Security, (SSI) Supplementary Income of Tax payers left to pay even heavier taxes in support of people who were sponsored and then neglected. The amount of money that cannot even be estimated, that is being appropriated every year to account for the illegal immigration invasion.

    Another provision that misleads the public, is the fact that an illegal alien can join the military in this time of conflict and collect as a gaurantee a path to citizenship. Under under current law (10 USC § 504), the Secretary of Defense can authorize the enlistment of illegal aliens. Once enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces, under 8 USC § 1440, these illegal aliens can become naturalized citizens through expedited processing, often obtaining U.S. citizenship in six months.

    The invasion hasn’t stopped and never will until we cut of all welfare entitlements?

    WANT THE REALITY OF COSTS? GOOGLE—Illegal immigrant costs and find out for yourself and then you decide? Then go to the Heritage Foundation website and it will explain with graphs, projections and text by the reputable in-depth analysis by Robert Rector.

    http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2007/06/amnesty-will-cost-us-taxpayers-at-least-26-trillion

    Next week will add further enticements for illegal immigrants to come here, if this Dream Act passes?

    Here is the full text of the Dream Act (S. 3827: Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010:

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s111-3827

    These corrupted legislators will not even tell you the real costs, for settling instant-citizenship infants (Anchor Babies?) Here is the last chance to harass your Senator or Representative by phoning (202)224-3121. Challenge them to stop the Left wing zealots for planting another Amnesty in America called the DREAM ACT.

    Another provision that misleads the public, is the fact that an illegal alien can join the military in this time of conflict and collect as a gaurantee a path to citizenship. Under under current law (10 USC § 504), the Secretary of Defense can authorize the enlistment of illegal aliens. Once enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces, under 8 USC § 1440, these illegal aliens can become naturalized citizens through expedited processing, often obtaining U.S. citizenship in six months.

    The invasion hasn’t stopped and never will until we cut of all welfare entitlements?

    WANT THE REALITY OF COSTS? GOOGLE—Illegal immigrant costs and find out for yourself and then you decide? Then go to the Heritage Foundation website and it will explain with graphs, projections and text by the reputable in-depth analysis by Robert Rector.

    http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2007/06/amnesty-will-cost-us-taxpayers-at-least-26-trillion

    Next week will add further enticements for illegal immigrants to come here, if this Dream Act passes?

    Here is the full text of the Dream Act (S. 3827: Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010:

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s111-3827

    These corrupted legislators will not even tell you the real costs, for settling instant-citizenship infants (Anchor Babies?) Here is the last chance to harass your Senator or Representative by phoning (202)224-3121. Challenge them to stop the Left wing zealots for planting another Amnesty in America called the DREAM ACT.

  6. nayeem hossain

    “Today, Latinos constitute 18.3 percent of the traditional college aged-population, yet make up only 11 percent of total enrollment. Nonetheless, Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic group in the nation, and by the year 2015, Latino enrollment in college is expected to increase 73 percent, more than 3 times the rate of African-Americans and 15 times the rate of non-Latino Whites.”

    “Latinos are approximately 10 percent less likely than non-Hispanic Whites and five percent less likely than African-Americans to attend college. As a result, only 12 percent of Latinos age 25 and older had received a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2005, compared to 30.5 percent of non-Latino White students. Despite these numbers, evidence shows young Latinos are eager to attend college. Nearly 98 percent of all Latino high school students say they want to go to college, and nearly 95 percent believe they will graduate from college.”

    This is from the senates office..but I guess it’s not going to change anything of the revolutionary Americans! I actually discussed all the points but I couldn’t find anything worth arguing, and the state you used as an example, guess what I actually lived my whole “AMERICAN LIFE” in that state-CALIFORNIA!! and unfortunately when we go to schools to work with kids, we actually see a lot more invaders way passed the 5th grade!

    For the other arguments that families are going to be broken, I actually couldn’t understand that. When a child is getting his process worked, why would the parents get deported? And even in a worst case scenario for some reason they do, the DREAM ACT is a six year process for them to get residency and then five years to citizenship. For any illegal alien to be deported or if they leave voluntarily then they have to wait for a ten year cooling off period, so by the time the child actually becomes adult and apply for the parents they can come back, this time legally! Unless we have changed the immigration laws overnight that’s how it works and I don’t think President Obama’s plan is to break families 🙂

  7. Loginbd

    Good post, Lot’s of information. But i wanna know about one think that is— what about those guys immigrant ship who went USA by DV from Bangladesh?Are they immigrant?..What about there immigration policy from the American government.

  8. nayeem hossain

    Well the term immigrant is used for anyone who migrates to the country. The path for them is, they are done with the screening when they go to USA, so as soon as they enter their port of entry, their legal resident status starts and it takes them 5 yrs to become a citizen. So they can become a voter within five years 🙂

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