Teen Producers Project put together a wonderful documentary regarding the DREAM Act, entitled “Teen Producers Share DREAM Act Documentary,” which you can watch from here. America, as a nation, has always been a nation of immigrants. Our very existence comes from a discovery that lead to many who would eventually immigrate to America to obtain a happiness they could not get from their own homeland. What we are seeing in today’s fight over immigration is sad in many ways. We have come upon a crossroads over many immigrants who do not have documentation to be here in America. They have all come to the United States from far and wide to reach out for a dream that we all are trying to live up to. As a result, their children have been swept up into a debate that has led many to have little hope to obtain any of their dreams. As Christian Ramirez of American Friends Service Committee stated in the documentary, “Every year 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school and every year, the aspirations and the hopes of those high school students crash into the reality of not being able to go to school…” (2011).
What happens when these students can no longer continue their stellar educational goals? As some begin face this reality, they are left with little else but to fend any way they can to survive within the confines of our nation’s borders. Though we may want to keep them in the shadows and hope not to deal with them, their very survival depends on what each American thinks about as they get up to go to school or work, to ensure we have the basics to provide for our family. By sweeping these children under the rug, we make them vulnerable to discrimination, inhumane treatment and potential dependence on criminal activities.
As a nation, America should continue to regard everyone’s dream as a means to bring into the fold hard-working, law-abiding individuals who can become productive citizens to this society. We should not be shunning anyone who wants to continue to live up to these dreams that we all hold dear to our hearts.
The DREAM Act is still being debated amongst our representatives today. President Obama has signed an executive order allowing all children of undocumented parents to remain in the United States. There is currently debate among the DREAMers to reject the House of Representatives passage of only passing citizenship for children as opposed to a comprehensive immigration package. What are your thoughts on passing immigration that could potentially separate families for decades? What more needs to be done to guarantee that undocumented children who show so much potential academically do not get their futures dashed as they face obsticles to higher learning?