The Dream Act CON: Dream Act could become a nightmare

Olivia Holt

The other day I asked my neighbors, Sully and Sal, who migrated to the United States from Iran, what they thought about the DREAM Act. I explained that the legislation known as the DREAM Act would give residency to immigrants who arrived in the United States before the age of 16, have lived in the U.S.? for at least five years, earned a high school degree and completed two years of college or military service.?

The two brothers came to the United States with a student visa during the 1980s, went to college, graduated and started their own Structural Engineering firm here in San Diego.

They are quite the success story in starting the American dream. When speaking with them they bought up a good point: We came to the United States legally and went through the right processes, we did not break the law. ?

The real victims are the children of illegal immigrants. However, it doesn’t change the fact that their parents knowingly broke the law when migrating to the United States.? The DREAM Act is putting a band-aid over a bigger issue on immigration. ?

Immigrants still come to the United States illegally and do not go through the legal process.? The legislation known as the DREAM Act is too lax and knowing how easy it would be for their children to attain citizenship would? encourage immigrants to come to the United States illegally, causing a massive fraud.?

Legislation that actually penetrates the core issues regarding immigration would involve a more rigorous legalization process for longtime residents.

A legislation package that? incorporates preventative measures, so children of illegal immigrants wouldn’t be put in the situation in the first place. The legislation package should end chain migration and require that employers hiring “Web-based E-Verify system” to have a better screening process for immigrates using fake identification.

Why do people want to leave their homeland and come to America? One of the main contributing factors is that people’s native country is under economic distress, so they come to the U.S. for a better quality of life.

So why not try foreign investment? Take Mexico for example: if foreign investment was allowed in more areas of Mexico, it would push out the drug cartel and allow citizens to have more economic freedom.

An example is the traveling industry in? Cabo San Lucas.? It creates jobs for Mexico’s citizens and brings money into the city allowing the people better economic options, so they don’t feel desperate enough to come to the United States illegally.

If people want to come to the United States, then they can go through the right process without breaking the law.