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Online readers respond to "Dead End," by Chris Vogel, June 19.
Honor system: What part of "illegal" do you not understand? I know many people who have entered this country legally and they also resent those who bypass the "system." These are people from countries that are devastated by war, and yet they choose to follow our laws.
Comment by Barb
Vote yes: The DREAM Act is a wonderful piece of legislation. It gives these students an opportunity to continue their education. Many were brought to this country at a very young age and are American in every sense of the word, as they have known no other land. Hopefully after the November elections, the Senate will have enough votes to move this forward.
Comment by note2self
Not the kids' fault: I think the DREAM act is a good thing. In a perfect world, and if our immigration system were fair and rational, perhaps it would be fair to consider students' immigration status. However, that's not where we are. For many people, there is essentially no legal way to get here. Barb mentions "war" — what do you think brought the Central Americans here? Civil wars and their aftermath are a major cause of undocumented migration. Many of these wars were actually U.S. proxy wars, fought in other people's backyards. NAFTA and CAFTA, and the associated economic deregulations, have also had a major role in dislodging people from their work. U.S. policies in other countries have been major causes of the flight of economic refugees. No way should we be blaming the kids.
I know young people who were literally carried across the border in their parents' arms — they had no role in the decision to come here. Ignorance is a social evil, and should be combated in all possible ways. Leaving a generation of young people frustrated, resentful and with no place to go will not lead to any good. Knowing that they can't go to college leads many to drop out of high school, putting them on an even shorter dead end...It's far better to let these kids study and become productive, committed members of society.
Comment by MH
Here's the good news: The entire public university system of the National Autonomous University of Mexico is free to Mexican nationals like the students highlighted in this article. In fact, they have had every right and opportunity to pursue a college education at world-class universities in Mexico since day one. The DREAM Act is a ruse to grant immigration benefits to young adults so that once they become 21, they then can bring in the rest of their illegal alien family members and through chain migration sponsor an unlimited number of family members that aren't even in the States yet.
These kids should be grateful that they were not deported before they got the chance to take advantage of a free public K-12 education and free medical and other benefits subsidized by American citizens and taxpayers. I don't hear a word of gratitude for that. Why doesn't the Mexican consulate inform the illegal alien students from Mexico about the low-cost, free opportunities to study in Mexico?
Comment by LEGALATINA
No excuse: I am so sick and tired of the "It's not our fault our parents brought us here" excuse. If you are going to college, that means you are 18 years old. And under U.S. law, that means you are an adult. As an adult, you are responsible for your own actions now and cannot blame your parents anymore. So you can't use that excuse anymore. This is getting really old and boring. Why don't you DREAMers just tell us the truth instead of hiding behind the "You can't punish us for our parents' sins" excuse? Americans are not stupid. Just admit it and publicly say: "I am illegally here, and I don't want to be deported." Period. Just say it like it is. Don't give us all your smokescreen 4.0 GPA, "I just want to be a doctor" crap. We are not buying it. Don't confuse the public with your sob stories. Go home and get over yourselves.
Comment by Ex_OC
No anchor babies: Let's say my name is Maria and I came from Guerrero 17 years ago, bringing an infant who has now graduated from high school in the U.S. If DREAM passes and my kid turns 18, gets residency as a result of going to university in the U.S. or doing military service, yes, he'd be able to petition for me. Does that mean I'd get instant residency? I don't think so. People who've come in without papers can only do what's called consular processing. They have to go back to their home country to file their papers. People who have worked for more than a year without papers are barred from reentry for ten years when they leave the U.S. So if my kid petitions for me and I go home to Guerrero to file my papers, I'm south of the border for a minimum of ten years — and I can't reenter legally unless I present proof of having been outside the U.S. for the whole time. I'll be expected to present rent receipts, tax returns, letters of employment, the whole shebang. Even if the visa line for my class of people is shorter than ten years — and it isn't, necessarily.