DREAM Act Means Broken Dreams for Americans

  In response to Allison Ramirez’ feature article titled, “Our Broken (Values) System” published October 26, 2011. President Reagan passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act which granted amnesty to around 2.8 million illegal immigrants in 1986. This legislation was intended to be a “one time only” deal to give legal residency to illegal immigrants already here in the United States.  In addition to the amnesty given, the law was passed to provide increased border security as well as deterrents for employers hiring illegal immigrants. These provisions failed, however, and what resulted was a quadrupling of illegal immigrants entering the United States.  Now, 25 years later, we’re not talking about amnesty for 2.8 million; we’re looking at estimates of 12 to 20 million undocumented individuals residing here. This is MUCH bigger than it was in the 80s. In the article, “Our Broken (Values) System,” Ms. Ramirez mentions that these immigrants desire to “give their lives for our country,” yet how can this be true when remittances are over $20 billion every year? It seems like these immigrants are still giving their lives, their daily work, to a country other than the United States.  They are still identifying themselves with their homeland. It’s true, we are teaching our children to dream, but how are we to teach our children about consequences when we refuse to enforce laws which we have established?  Even more, how are we to teach consequences to our...

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