Dream Act or Dream On?

In the article “Dream Act on the way?”, Herb Boyd highlights both republican and democratic representatives viewpoints on the Dream Act. As expected, Republicans were not in favor of the Dream Act while Democrats were in favor. Texas Republican representative Lamar Smith, explained his frustration with the Dream Act by stating “When you legalize those who are in the country illegally, it costs taxpayers millions of dollars, costs American workers thousands of jobs and encourages more illegal immigration”(Boyd, 2013). He  took his faulty opinion even further stating that by passing the Dream Act “the problem is not resolved but compounded” (Boyd, 2013). This demonstrates a biased opinion that is only interested in benefiting a single part of the country.


Fortunately, the article followed these ridiculous comments by Lamar Smith with Representative Charles Rangel’s opinion on the passing of the Dream Act. Rangel explained this by clearly showing his frustration with Smith’s comments, stating “I hope 2013 will be the year that congress will finally pass legislation that will provide opportunities for millions of immigrants to pursue the American Dream”(Boyd, 2013). He then went on to show the citizens of Americans support for the Dream Act by asserting, “The majority of American people support it; Democrats want it; and Republicans need it”(Boyd, 2013). This explains the many benefits for the Dream Act other then the fact that it is the right thing to do, if we are going to idea ourselves as the country of a fresh start and opportunity we should back it up and make this change for the betterment of our country as a whole. Rangel further proved his care for the American country by stating “There’s no time for partisan games; the American people want and deserve a real and lasting solution. I urge my colleagues in the House to reach across the aisle toward serious and sensible immigration reform”. (Boyd, 2013) The demonstrated Rangel’s main goal to improve out country, and not make a change that would make both parties comfortable but ultimately hurting our country, those who live in it, and those who dream to pursue and education in it.


Without passing the dream act we are hurting many Americans. By passing this act we can offer support to Dreamers who need a little help to make our country a better place. The Dream Act will help give Dreamer’s support that Americans have such as federal student aid programs. In Charles Dervarics article “Dream Act Gets New Push in U.S. Senate” Marielena Hincapie (Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Center) explains “Our fundamental governmental assistance programs — student aid, health care and nutrition assistance — should help all Americans, whether citizens or aspiring citizens” (Dervarics, 2013) Hincapie’s statement shows that by supporting the Dreamer’s we can create a culture of equality and allow everyone to succeed regardless of the family you are born into, as it should be.

Boyd, H., (2013, January 31). Dream Act on the way? New York Amsterdam News Retrieved from http://content.epnet.com.proxy-um.researchport.umd.edu/pdf29_30/pdf/2013/ANE/31Jan13/85360531.pdf?T=P&P=AN&K=85360531&EbscoContent=dGJyMNLr40SeprM4zOX0OLCmr0uep7BSrqi4S7GWxWXS&ContentCustomer=dGJyMPPj34r34ux8ufCxUbOmuZKxr7NI&D=f5h

Dervarics, C., (2013, August 29). Dream Act Gets New Push in U.S. Senate. Retrieved from: http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail?sid=fa0454bd-5ef9-42cb-9444-9014dabaf237%40sessionmgr198&vid=1&hid=123&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=tfh&AN=90060888


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