Dream Act unfair?
By Jenna Garcia | Opinion Co-Editor | October 21, 2011
On Saturday October 8, 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed off on the second half of the California Dream Act. The Dream Act, states that illegal immigrant students that graduated from high school can apply for Cal-grant aid. Along with that, they will also be given a six-year residence permit.
Although there are good arguments on both sides, I am opposed to the bill. Legal residents have a hard enough time applying and receiving financial aid, throw illegal immigrants into the mix and it just heightens the competition.
As a California resident and a legal United States citizen, I’m a firm believer that we should be put first when it comes to education and jobs, especially in tough economic times like now.
I also believe that until they achieve citizen status, they should have to pay international student fees at which ever school they choose to go to. There are more than three thousand colleges in the United States. Most, if not all, accept international students who pay extra money monthly to further their education. These students are required to have a student visa while they study and eventually (some of them) apply for citizenship.
Although it’s a complicated process, it’s something that a majority of families have had to endure somewhere down the line. Another strong argument is that because the United States puts so much emphasis on cracking down on illegal immigration, the act sounds almost hypocritical.
In 2006, the estimated illegal immigration population in California was at 2,930,000, and it’s believed that the act will attract migrants and send a message to them that they can come to the states illegally only raising that number.
It’s understandable that supporters of the act believe it will help provide students to become more skillful therefore becoming more successful later in life, which will hopefully help reduce poverty.
Along with that, a student brought to America should not be punished for their parent’s decision to bring them to this country illegally. The fact that children from families that would normally be unable to provide the money needed for a university, can further their education is great and I support anyone who endeavors in making a better life for themselves.
The bill is a touchy subject for most people and whether you disagree or agree with it is ultimately up to you. No matter your opinion though, we won’t find out how effective this bill is until it’s put into use.