David Bennion was born in Springville, Utah in the late 1970s. He was educated in Springville high school, later joined the University of Utah, before he joined the New York university school of law. In the university, he studied immigration law and graduated in 2004. Since then he worked with Thompsons Hine as attorney associate between 2004 and 2006 when he joined catholic migration office in Brooklyn as staff attorney where he worked until 2008 (LinkedIn). He later worked with the Nationalities Service Centre in Philadelphia where he worked as a migration attorney until October 2011 when he ventured into Solo law practice. Among his many achievements is his passion in fighting for immigrants rights, who due to documentation issues, are unable to pursue their American dream.
Statistical estimates reveal that around 65000 students graduate from high school undocumented annually only to face many barriers to pursing their dream opportunities. The DREAM Act is the only tool that can provide the undocumented youths who were brought as children to America a conditional legal immigration status. Unfortunately, it is still pending in the Congress. This calls for urgent action in passing the bill into a law. The conditions necessary for one to benefit from this act are that they must:
- Have come to the US before they were sixteen years old
- Have been residing in America for at least the previous five years
- Be people of unquestionable character in all aspects of life (must have no serious crime records)
- Have been admitted to college or earned a high school diploma
- Have served two years in the military or completed two years of college.
Actually, the children of illegal aliens should go to college and gain legal statuses to enable them pursue their dream opportunities. Bennion raises his concerns about the number of undocumented graduates from high school each year. According to him, these young graduates’ parents brought them into America at a tender age and have known this country as home (1). Unfortunately, many immigrants meet many barriers upon their graduation from high school. Bennion asserts that the DREAM Act is the only legal remedy that will allow these dreamers to not only live but also study and work in the country they have known as home. These students have become victims of a problem that was not under their control. Most of them have not known any other country as home except America and the same country denies them the opportunity to actualize their dreams. Success of the DREAM Act will go a long way in giving them the opportunity they deserve if it passes as law.
Bennion, David. Children of illegal aliens should go to college and gain legal status.
Philadelphia: Nationalities Service Centre, 2010. Print
“David Bennion’s profile.” LinkedIn, n.d, Web. 2 Feb. 2012.