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IntroductionThe Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act or the DREAM Act is a legislative proposal in America that aims at providing permanent residency to illegal aliens who have shown good moral character, under certain conditions. The DREAM Act was first proposed in the Senate by Orrin Hatch and Dick Durbin, on August 1, 2001. The bill proposed to provide permanent American Citizenship to certain illegal aliens who arrived in the US as minors and have graduated from US-based high schools. The illegal aliens should be living in the US at least 5 years before the bill was passed.
Why the Dream Act is Important
- The DREAM Act would help the children of illegal immigrants to obtain a legal status in the US, thereby eliminating their fear of deportation.
- Almost 35% of the youth in US consists of illegal immigrants who have lived here all their lives but still so not have a legal status. These hardworking and motivated young people have the capabilities of boosting the US economy.
The Policy Concerns
The Policy has faced stiff opposition on the grounds that it would lead to mass amnesty and spur higher illegal immigration.
Discussion: Applying the policy paradox model to the DREAM Act refers to understanding the advantages and disadvantages of the act without the involving the politics in it. The US currently has almost five million undocumented and illegal children and young adults. The illegal aliens face a challenging and unique paradox. On one hand, these teenagers and children excel academically, work hard and aspire for a good career but on the other hand their undocumented status disregards their capabilities and restricts their opportunities. These so-called illegal immigrants face many social and economic hardships in the only country they have known.
The Counter Arguments:
The opponents of the DREAM Act say that:
- The Act if amended may result in mass amnesty.
- The DREAM Act will lead to higher illegal immigration and would also take away the opportunities from legal American students.
Conclusion and Recommendation:
The passing of DREAM Act would enable the illegal youths to use their hard-work and capacities to increase the overall US economy. Many researches and studies prove that the DREAM Act would result in enhanced fiscal and economic health for the US. The DREAM Act is an economically sensible approach to provide legal status to undocumented youth for whom the US the only home they have ever known.