After listening to the Think Out Loud broadcast and watching the Teen DREAM Act Documentary, I don’t understand why immigration and education are together. Don’t get me wrong, I sympathized with the position those students were in, but I don’t think I can support it. The reason I say that is because it is mandatory for children to receive K-12 education regardless, the U.S. is required to give children an education regardless of origin. The/A path to citizenship should be a separate issue than attending college.
I agree with those who say that attaining a college degree is a choice. Undocumented/illegal high school graduates should be given a path to citizenship. Once they attain citizenship is when they can apply for a college education. If we “don’t want to punish children”, once they successfully finish high school, and can prove they are law abiding, give them an opportunity so they can then become citizens. I think for the DREAM Act or any legislation to move forward to allow in state tuition for non residents should also include language to address any U.S. citizen’s rights to pay in state tuition regardless of what state they were born in. Any U.S. born citizen should have the ability to attend any U.S. college campus and be given in state tuition if legislation is going to be passed in that state. I am a U.S. citizen. I have lived here my whole life. To get in state tuition, I have to live in that state for a specified time before I can qualify to receive in state tuition rates. Only after I completed this requirement I was then considered a resident and could qualify. The DREAM Act or any other legislation allowing undocumented/illegal persons to receive in state tuition without also giving that same allowance to any U.S. citizen is unfair for students wishing to attend college, but don’t have the means to do so.
To me, the real issue is trying to find a way to give citizenship to children whose parents are in the U.S. illegally. Do you think immigration and education should be tied together? How far should government extend the childhood arrivals to (age limits)? It seems like until age 30 is very lenient, basically saying if you were a child arriving here from 1983 you can apply for this waiver “Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”, “Under the new policy, people 30 and younger who arrived in the United States before the age of 16, pose no criminal or security threat, and were successful students or served in the military, can get a two-year deferral from deportation and apply for work permits”. http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/15/us/immigration-deferred-deportation/index.html . Thinking ahead, if citizenship was granted, wouldn’t student’s citizenship then create a loophole that they could then petition for their relatives to become citizens as well?
Just a note, in this legislation, there is no mention of U.S. citizens getting the same in state allowance as undocumented/illegal persons.