Let me ask you a question. If I were to steal your car and keep it, and if a couple of years later my kid got to be old enough to get a driver’s license, and I gave that kid your car, how would you feel about that? Would you be okay seeing my kid driving your car? After all, the kid didn’t steal it, I committed the crime, so my kid should be allowed to keep the car, right?
That pretty much sums up how I feel when I see the current news stories of young illegal aliens who are upset because the Senate blocked passage of the DREAM Act this weekend. The act, whose full name is the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, would create a path to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of people who entered the United States illegally before they were 16 years old, and who have lived in this country for at least five years. It would allow them a temporary (six year) residency permit, and if during that time they graduate from an “institution of higher learning” or complete at least two years of study toward a bachelor’s degree, they will be granted permanent residency, and can apply for citizenship.
The measure was short by five votes Saturday, preventing it from moving onto the full Senate floor, and ending its chances of passing this year.
Now, my first question is, what defines an “institution of higher learning”? Is going to cosmetology school higher learning? How about a truck driving school? My second question is, if somebody only has to complete two years of a four year college program, and has six years to do it, are we just encouraging a lot of dropouts who barely go through the motions to quality under the DREAM Act?
Nationwide, young illegal aliens are reported to be “upset and disappointed” by the act’s failure to move forward. One 20 year old was quoted as saying “It’s not fair! My family came here when I was five! I didn’t do anything wrong!” Another young man said “We’re here and we’re not leaving. The only question is if we can get an education and a good job, or spend our lives washing dishes.”
My response to those young people is, be “upset and disappointed” with your parents! They are the ones who brought you here illegally, and they are the reason you don’t enjoy the same status of legal aliens who came to this country the right way, and went through the process to live here. Don’t blame the American citizens whose tax dollars paid to educate you to this point. Blame your parents. That’s where the problem started.
If your father stole my car and gave it to you, and if I saw you in it, I’d drag you out kicking and screaming. It’s the same thing. Your parents brought you here illegally, and you need to leave this country, kicking and screaming all the way if that’s what it takes. And then, if you want to go through the process to re-enter the country legally, and to want to work hard to get an education, obey our laws, and then apply for residence and citizenship, we’ll welcome you with open arms.
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