San Francisco (Obama.net)- It is no secret that the topic of illegal immigration in the United States is a hot button issue for most. Everyone seems to have an opinion on what to do with the illegal immigration situation. Some say let them go through the citizenship process because it would be just too expensive to find and deport them all. Others say spend the money to find and deport them all.
And then there’s the DREAM Act. The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act would give millions of illegal immigrants the chance to not only become American citizens, but also gain a college education and/or serve in the United States military. Immigrants who came to the United States as youths, have been in the country for a minimum of five years, and go through at least two years of college or the military during the six years of provisional citizenship and abide by the law can gain their citizenship. To enter the provisional program, young immigrants must have at least a high school diploma or a GED and show “good moral character.”
The United States Senate voted this weekend to determine whether or not the vote for passing the bill would take place.
After passing in the House of Representatives by a final vote of 216 to 198, the vote to go into the final stage of passing the bill came up just five votes short in the Senate.
President Obama did not hide his disappointment in the vote. The President of the United States said, “A minority of senators prevented the Senate from doing what most Americans understand is best for the country. There was simply no reason not to pass this important legislation. It is disappointing that common sense did not prevail today.”
Obama did make it clear that he will continue to press hard for the passage of the bill into law.
The bill makes it possible for those who came to the United States, worked hard in school or put their lives on the line for the safety of the American people and have no criminal history and no examples of poor moral character the opportunity to attain the citizenship that they have earned through their efforts and decency as human beings.
While there is an obvious worry about enforcing the immigration laws, the problem in the nation has increased to the point where it is simply not financially realistic, nor intelligent to track down all of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants and deport them. And when it comes to those immigrants who have taken advantage of being in the United States by bettering themselves and serving their communities, why not reward their hard work and moral character with the chance to become citizens?