Re "A uniquely American DREAM," Opinion, Sept. 19
The DREAM Act is anything but "a small act of immigration reform." For every illegal immigrant student admitted into a state university system, another U.S. citizen or legal student will be rejected. Illegal immigrant students seeking in-state tuition at public universities aren't responsible for violating our laws, having been brought into this country illegally by their parents. But it's also true that U.S. citizens and legal residents who'll be rejected when illegal aliens are added to the queue are being punished for the actions of illegal immigrant parents.
The DREAM Act allows illegal immigrant students to receive in-state tuition rates at public universities, discriminating against out-of-state U.S. citizens. The cogent argument for the DREAM Act is that it applies to teenagers who are here illegally because their parents broke the law and they are being unfairly punished for the crimes of their mothers and fathers. Fair enough. Digging a little deeper, it would also effectively allow illegal teens to eventually petition for legal residency for their parents. Start the meter running and we're into the mega-millions.
It's disgusting to see what lengths the open border lobbyists, such as Douglas McGray, go to confuse people. They exploit people's feelings of compassion by dressing up another backdoor amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants with tear-jerking labels such as the DREAM Act, and by presenting the case of an individual youngster who is being denied the American dream. Never mind that the legislation is chock-full of loopholes and open to fraud.