Friday, October 12, 2007

Earning the right. . .

Today's edition of The Dallas Morning News includes a thoughtful op-ed piece by conservative columnist Ruben Navarrette of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Navarrettee lived and worked here in Dallas with our newspaper for several years and always provided much for readers to consider, debate and "chew on." Though I didn't always see eye-to-eye with him, I was sorry to see him leave.

Navarrette's essay this morning ("Helping immigrants earn their way," 23A) is a no nonsense evaluation of the DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act), legislation still alive in the U. S. Senate as S774. I've posted often on this positive legislation (use the "Search" feature above to review previous comments on the act).

The DREAM Act provides a realistic way for the children of undocumented immigrants, brought here by their parents, to receive legal status and remain in the U. S. while pursuing college education and/or serving in the U. S. Armed Forces. The bill also provides a pathway to citizenship for those who choose it and who fulfill all the requirements.

Here's part of what Navarrette says:

". . .but let's not lose sight of the real strength of the DREAM Act. It's the quid pro quo of offering illegal immgrants a path to legalization but not making that path a cakewalk. It offers something precious--the right to say in the United States legally--but it isn't bashful about demanding certain things in return.

"Every single piece of immigration reform that comes along should strike the same sort of bargain. Those who don't want to accept the terms and take the deal can go about their business and bet their chances with immigration authorities.

"But those who do will have demonstrated that they're willing to make an investment in a country that has already given them a lot and stands to give them much more. In return, the rest of us get a higher-earning, greater-producing legal resident who can contribute to society for many years to come."

Sensible words.

Read his entire comment at:

In talking to young people who would benefit from the DREAM Act, it is clear they are ready to accept the opportunity, make the investment and get on with doing their part of make their communities better.

A group of us, including some of our young student friends, are considering a trek to Washington, DC next week to meet with our Senators to urge them to support this most needed legislation.

If you haven't contacted your Senators, please do so today and urge surpport of the DREAM Act.


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