Friday, April 24, 2009

A Step in the Right Direction

The reintroduction of the DREAM Act, provides the country with an opportunity for a serious debate about real immigration reform. I think passage of the DREAM Act is an important preliminary step. It makes no sense, and it is highly unfair, to send children to a land that they do not know, nor to which they have any allegiance.

It also makes no economic sense. These are young people in whose education, health and welfare, we have already invested. What sense does it make to increase the asset that they can be to this country by allowing them a pathway to citizenship that include further education or even service in the military? These are not children we don't know. They are graduates of our high schools (in some cases valedictorians or salutatorians), they have stayed out of trouble and only look for a chance to make a contribution to the country that they have called home virtually all their lives.

Don't want the DREAM Act? Preliminary steps are only necessary because you don't make hard choices. A real, sane, pragmatic immigration reform policy would make it unnecessary.

Until our lawmakers are willing to do that, the DREAM Act is the most sensible thing on the table.

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