Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Got To love Dreamers Because Where Would We Be Without Dreams?

Mitt Romney has recently spoken out against a controversial Act which is being resubmitted to the houses after failing to pass in 2010. The so-called Dream Act allows undocumented migrants in their twenties to gain citizenship if they attend college, join the military and keep a clean criminal record. Immigration hard-liners are yet again spouting the same old arguments that immigrants are getting a free ride and such help is un-American. This is patently ridiculous and the Dream Act concept comes with some clear advantages:

  • It obviously reduces the number of illegal immigrants in America as well as giving incentives to not commit crime
  • By joining the military or higher education these young people get to employ their skills (which at the moment are useless) in service to the United States. This is by no means a free pass
  • Calling the bill in any way un-American because it impeaches on the idea of the American Dream is ridiculous. By naming them illegal you are removing them from the society in which people can achieve anything if they have the will to do so. Many of these young people want to find work and learn but they are stuck between a rock and a hard place and forces into unemployment, crime or illegal and unsafe work.
This stance has placed Mitt Romney at odds with the Latino voters of America who by-and-large support the bill. On his upcoming trip to California a mixed group of undocumented young people or 'Dreamers' and Latino voters are planning marches in San Diego, Los Angeles, Irving and San Francisco to 'unwelcome' him to the state.
Personally, I say good luck to them, because where would we be without dreams? Where would America be? People's dreams have led to many political changes in US history so why not now? 

To the dreamers I say - 'Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world, indeed, it is the only thing that ever has' 

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/blackberry/p.html?id=1379962
Quote: Margaret Mead

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