Right to DREAM
Immigration Reform and America’s Future
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Arkansas Press
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Titlie Page, Copyright, Dedication
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So, you have decided to learn more about the DREAM Act. I cannot encourage you enough. The path that led me to support the DREAM Education advised Arkansas universities that offering in- state tuition to students who did not possess a social security number might vio-late federal law. Up to that point, if undocumented students gradu ated ...
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This book is my fourth. I began working on it in January 2012 and projected a six- month timeline. Like so much in life, other things intervened— new professional responsibilities, my work in Jordan, ap-preciating my wife and grandchildren, and dealing with the vagaries of life. Now that my work is at a close, I acknowledge those people who ...
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Mexico given by the indigenous people that inhabited the area. It is also the name of the state where I was born twenty- three years ago. It is a place rich with silver mining, as well as colonial his-tory and present- day culture. It is a place I have few memories of It is also a place I have not been able to return to since the age of ...
Part 1: Answering the Critics
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As with other domestic issues, Americans are deeply divided in their beliefs about the long- term effect of our current immigration policy. Some groups, like the Cato Institute, see immigration as a key to a ro-bust and expanding economy, a continuation of the melting pot pro-cess that has made America great. Other groups, like the Federation for ...
One: These Children Are Blameless
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...nals should go home, get in line, and apply to enter the country The critics of the DREAM Act argue that Congress twice clearly stated the nation’s position on illegal immigration during the Clinton administration by passing the Personal Responsibility the Illegal Immigrant Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act (IIRIRA). These laws addressed several immigration concerns of that time: removing incentives for illegal immigration, limiting benefits to ...
Two: Immigration 101
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...legal entry so that their children could receive an education and attain legal status. The DREAM Act would cause an increase in il-In this chapter I show that the overwhelming majority of the fami-lies who currently cross our borders come for immediate eco-nomic gain and that passage of the DREAM Act would not enter into their decision to immigrate to the United States. I have gained a better understanding of the immigration process from my research ...
Three: Spend a Trillion Dollars a Year and You Are a Tax Burden?
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...budget shortfalls in a time of recession. Trapped in low- paying “immigrant jobs,” they contribute little to the economy and less The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a conservative advocacy group that favors tougher immigration laws, contends that illegal aliens cost U.S. taxpayers more than $100 billion each year. Jack Martin, director of special projects for FAIR, believes “undocumented workers leave taxpayers with a fat bill, ...
Four: Salsa, America’s Number-One Condiment
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Culture. They are changing our national character. We are a white, In 2010 the United States granted permanent legal residency to 1.1 million immigrants— Germans, Greeks, Swedes, Norwegians, Japanese, Koreans, Chinese, Laotians, Vietnamese, Ethiopians, Columbians, Nigerians, Kenyans, French, English, Irish, Russians, Italians, Croatians, Peruvians, Poles, Czechs, Hungarians, Cubans, Mexicans, Salvadorans, Nicaraguans, and people of more than two ...
Five: The Melting Pot, Mixed with Just a Few New Ingredients
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Assimilation. Undocumented immigrants will not be a part of the melting pot, because they live in insular, non- English- speaking We are a nation shaped by four waves of immigrants, the last two having the greatest impact, because of their size and diversity. During the third wave, which began in the 1860s and ended in the 1920s, the nation absorbed 24 million immigrants from eastern and southern Europe, reaching a peak of 15 percent of ...
Part 2: The DREAM Act, DREAMers, and America’s Future
Six: The DREAM Act: Nuts and Bolts
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President Obama’s June 15, 2012 bombshell announcement that deportation rules will be eased to allow some young undocu-mented immigrants to remain in the United States was received by DREAMers with a mixture of joy, relief, hope, incredulity, caution, and distrust. Minutes after hearing the announcement, I e- mailed the young people I had been working with and asked, “What was your reaction to president’s announcement?” Jazmin wrote the following:...
Seven: Meet Two DREAMers
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Unlike the governments in other developed nations, the U.S. fed-eral government plays a minor role in the assimilation of im-migrants into our society. This responsibility falls to local com-munities and their neighborhoods, churches, schools, and workplaces. Perhaps surprisingly, this arrangement works well. Last year, the na-tion’s Hispanic college student population reached a record high, ex-ceeding 2 million— a record 16.5 percent of all college enrollments— ...
Eight: Next Steps: Where We Go from Here
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In the first five chapters I addressed the following five most com-mon arguments against the DREAM Act: (1) undocumented stu-dents are criminals; (2) passing the DREAM Act would reward and increase illegal immigration; (3) the undocumented burden services and drain tax revenues; (4) immigrants are changing the national char-As I have shown, the critics have gotten it wrong. We don’t hold undocumented children accountable for the behavior of their parents. ...
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Publication Year: 2013