Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year and More


Will DREAM Act Pass in 2008? It is unlikely with election year, but that doesn't mean we will not continue fighting for its passage.

Now for something a little more fun and light-hearted. This is an on-going list, so feel free to add to it!


Checking DREAM Act Portal for updates on DREAM Act, other immigration-related news, and the latest gossip about your fellow DREAMERS is on your list of top five things to do when you wake up in the morning.

And then you continue to check DREAM Act Portal for more updates throughout the day.

You've skipped class/work/other obligations to watch C-SPAN2.

You've used up all your monthly cell phone minutes on calling Senators.

You've programmed the numbers of Senators in your cell phone so you can call them on-the-go.

You know the meaning of words like *cloture*, *filibuster*, *quorum call* - and you aren't a Political Science major.

You know exactly what I'm referring to by "Mr. Akaka..."

You've subscribed to DREAM Act and Immigration 'Google News Alerts'.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Some Thoughts

Recently on the blog 'Till We Have Faces, the blogger mentioned a DREAMER named Tam who is in immigration limbo. She and her family were ordered deported, but because the country she was born in, Germany, does not grant birthright citizenship, she could not be sent there or deported to any other country. Like so many other undocumented students just like her, the DREAM Act is the only hope out of this tragic situation.

In Tam's testimony in front of the the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration,Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law (try to say that five times fast), she says,

"Graduation for many of my friends isn’t a rite of passage to becoming a responsible adult. Rather, it is the last phase in which they can feel a sense of belonging as an American."

Her words ring true for me and many older undocumented students- those who despite all the difficulties of going to a University as an undocumented student, have graduated with a college degree. While in college it was easier to 'pretend' you were just like all your American citizen classmates. It was easy to deflect the questions of not having a job (don't have the time with heavy class schedule) or not driving (with expenses of college, don't have the money for car and gas).

I don't think anyone who isn't a DREAMER or doesn't personally know a DREAMER can understand the devastation we felt when DREAM Act failed the cloture vote. I knew before watching the vote on C-SPAN that I'd cry for a week, either in happiness or sadness; unfortunately it was the latter. It is such a helpless feeling knowing a group of Senators have control of your life here in the United States. Then there is the fear (which is always with you, even if just in the back of your mind) of being deported any day back to country you don't speak the language of and don't remember.

Also for the first time, I had an inkling of what it must have felt like for the Jews and all the other groups the Nazis rounded up. Though this isn't as dire a situation, we aren't being sent to our death, I can relate to the helplessness they must have felt and to the hope that they clung onto that someone would step up to rectify the situation.

DREAM Act will pass some day, I am sure of that, but so many undocumented students, can no longer wait, like Marie Gonzalez. Marie's stay of deportation is up this spring.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Another DREAMER Gets Stay of Deportation Through Dec. 2008

Aggie fighting order

Eagle Staff Writer

Two months ago, Texas A&M University senior Walter Sosa was working part-time and meticulously planning what life would be like after graduation next year.
He would use his degree in engineering technology and industrial distribution, along with his solid B average and experience in fixing computers, to get a job with a software company.

But on a cool October morning 10 1/2 weeks ago, Sosa -- who moved with his parents to the United States from Guatemala when he was 5 -- was handcuffed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and taken to a deportation center in Houston. He was told he would be sent back to his homeland.

He graduated from a Houston high school with honors, second in a class of 450 students, and was accepted automatically to Texas' second largest public university, but Sosa is not an American citizen and doesn't have a student visa.

His life, he learned in those sobering hours early on Oct. 10, would never be the same.

The 22-year-old who grew up speaking Spanish at home and eating Guatemalan food doesn't remember the days when he couldn't speak English. He has only vague memories of the country where he was born.

"I was thinking, 'Wow, it's the last time I'll ever see this,'" Sosa said, recalling how he stared out the car window as agents drove him away from the A&M campus. He assumed he would never be allowed to return and finish his degree.

Sosa's family has been caught up in a lengthy appeals process since their visitors' visa expired in 1996, after five years. Still, a deportation order wasn't issued for the family until July, when their most recent appeal was denied, Sosa said. His parents worked with lawyers starting in 1992 to secure permanent residency.

The order issued in July by an immigration judge gave them two months to leave the U.S. voluntarily, but Sosa said no one told his family they had to leave, and no document ever arrived in the mail.

"It really caught us by surprise," he said, adding that he's being asked to leave the only country he knows as home.

"I feel like an American; everything I know is here," he said. "To be told you have to leave now, to leave after 17 years of life -- that's pretty hard."

Countless others

Sosa is one of thousands of young people whose parents brought them to the U.S. as children and now are caught in the middle of an immigration nightmare they didn't create, officials said.

Nationwide, around 360,000 high school graduates between 18 and 24 years old were brought to the U.S. before they were 16, and they now live in the same situation as Sosa, according to estimates from the Migration Policy Institute, which is based in Washington, D.C.

Many were raised in the U.S. and are culturally American, but they lack legal residency status because they were brought to the U.S. illegally or remained in the U.S. after their legal status had expired, according to Joseph Vail, a Houston attorney. He served four years as a federal immigration judge with the U.S. Department of Justice and later founded the immigration clinic at the University of Houston Law Center.

Public schools are required to educate all children through the 12th grade, regardless of their legal status, as mandated in a 1982 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, but Congress passed a law in 1996 forbidding states to offer in-state tuition to illegal immigrants who attend college. A loophole in the law allowed Texas, along with nine other states, to permit students without legal status to attend college at in-state tuition rates as long as they graduated from a high school in the same state.

Even with the open secret that acknowledged and encouraged illegal immigrants to enroll in college, it's rare for them to be deported, Vail said. Instead, the agency typically focuses its efforts on those with deportation orders or people with a criminal history, not students, he said.

Immigration spokeswoman Leticia Zamparripa, who is based in Houston, said last week that she could not comment on Sosa's case, citing an Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy that prevents employees from talking about ongoing legal cases.

"[Sosa] can talk to you all he wants, but as a government agency and a government employee, I don't have that liberty," she said.

Although the agency doesn't keep track of the number of college students who are deported each year, it isn't common for students to be apprehended on campus, Zamarripa said.

What's even more rare about Sosa's case, officials said, is the stay of deportation he received after spending three days in the deportation center in Houston. The unusual reprieve will allow Sosa to finish his degree at A&M next December before returning to Guatemala, officials said.

It was unclear how many students in Sosa's situation are enrolled at Texas A&M and Blinn College.

From class to cell

Sosa said he had an inkling that immigration officers would be coming for him that day in October. Earlier that morning, Immigration and Customs agents had arrived at the house where Sosa grew up and in which his parents still lived with his 15-year-old sister, who was born in the U.S. and is a citizen.

They arrested Sosa's father as he was leaving for work at a factory where he made oil drill pipes, Sosa said.

Frantic, Sosa's mom called him at 6:30 a.m. from Houston to let him know officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement had told her they would be coming for him within days, he said.

"She was crying," he said. "She couldn't even talk to me. She barely got that much out."

Sosa didn't know what to do after he hung up, but he had a feeling the agents were on their way, he said.

"I was in shock," he said. "I decided to just go to class to get it off my mind."

In class, Sosa told his friends, who already knew he was not in the country legally, to call his lawyer and his family to let them know if immigration contacted him, he said.

After class ended, Sosa was standing outside Thompson Hall talking with friends about an upcoming group project when immigration officials approached him and asked his name, he said. He confirmed what they already knew. The two immigration officers searched Sosa before putting him in handcuffs and placing him in an unmarked car, he said.

"All my friends were watching me get put in a car," he said.

Outpouring of support

As soon as Sosa's friends saw him being driven away, they alerted A&M administrators, faculty and staff, and all began working to secure his release, A&M officials and Sosa said. It started with Sosa's close friends and teachers, who began spreading the word and writing letters to immigration officials, he said.

"There was such a huge outpouring of student support," A&M engineering technology professor Rainer Fink said. Fink said his department received hundreds of e-mails from students around the world expressing support for Sosa within 24 hours of his arrest.

U.S. Congressman Chet Edwards, D-Waco, said last week that he learned about Sosa's situation in October through a letter from Texas A&M University Interim President Ed Davis.

"[Sosa] is paying a price for the decisions made by his parents years ago," Edwards said. "It seems that when [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] is enforcing the law, there should be a better way to do it than to walk on campus and put handcuffs on a student."

It was not an official university effort, A&M Vice Provost Luis Cifuentes pointed out, but many faculty members and administrators independently wrote letters to immigration officials and to Edwards on Sosa's behalf.

Cifuentes said supporting Sosa was the right thing to do in the situation.

"[Sosa] was making something of himself. He was doing well. He was within earshot of finishing his degree," he said. "This is one of those human stories that go beyond politics, and that's why I think so many people reacted so quickly."

Where's home?

Meanwhile, Sosa struggled to adjust to the idea of returning to a country he barely remembered, he said.

Once Sosa arrived at the immigration center, he was fingerprinted and his personal belongings -- including his driver's license, Social Security card, work permit and laptop -- were taken from him, he said. He was placed in a holding cell while his paperwork was processed and later moved to a deportation center just around the corner, Sosa said.

He was placed with a larger group of immigrants, and given a blue jumpsuit and a quick medical exam before being assigned to a dorm room with about 20 other men, he said.

For three days he stayed in the deportation center awaiting a return flight to Guatemala, he said. He never saw his father, who was being held at the same center but in a different location, he said.

On his second day, Sosa's mother visited along with lawyer Elise Wilkinson, who asked Sosa if she could represent him, he said.

"[Wilkinson] told me I didn't really have any chances," Sosa said. "But she told me she would try."

Wilkinson also told Sosa that some of his friends and teachers were protesting outside the immigration office, he said. The next day, Wilkinson returned.

"She was pretty much jumping up and down," he said.

Wilkinson told Sosa that an immigration official whose office had been flooded by letters and faxes asking for Sosa's release wanted to speak with him, he said.

The official asked Sosa why he didn't leave the U.S. when he was told to, Sosa recalled, adding that he told the official that his family didn't know they were supposed to leave.

"I told him we were misinformed. I couldn't tell if he believed me," Sosa said. "I told him, 'If I have to leave, I'll leave. There's nothing you can do being here in this situation.'"

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials then granted Sosa a stay of deportation through December 2008 so he could finish his degree, he said.

"I'm glad that [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] showed some common-sense decency in allowing him to stay until graduation," Edwards said last week.

The congressman said he did not play a direct role in Sosa's release but said his office has ongoing discussions with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"Once [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] starts the enforcement process, our view has been that it's not appropriate for political pressure to be applied," he said.

Sosa's lawyer, who has been practicing immigration law in Houston since 1995, said she's never seen a stay of deportation issued in a case like Sosa's.

"A stay of deportation is really a rare bird, it only happens in rare cases," Wilkinson said.

Uncertain future

For the scores of students who graduate college each year without legal status and then can't secure a job in the U.S., there only are a few avenues that allow them to apply for legal status or citizenship, said Vail with the law center.

It's an impossible situation, he said.

"The backlog in most of these categories goes back 10 or 15 years," he said. "They have no options. We're stuck in a stalemate here in what everybody admits is a bad position."

A bill -- known as the Dream Act by its supporters -- that would have provided a path to legal residency and ultimately citizenship for students like Sosa who graduated from a U.S. high school and were brought to this country before they were 16 failed in Congress in October.

"There is no way for them to [stay in the U.S.] lawfully. The Dream Act was a law that would make it possible," he said.

Sosa said the Dream Act seemed too good to be true, and he doesn't hold any hopes of being allowed to stay past graduation.

"I'm not really mad. I understand they're just trying to do their job," he said. "There's a part of me that wishes something could happen. I'm trying not to get my hopes up. It doesn't look very good."

The events of the past few months have forced Sosa to grow up -- with his father still awaiting deportation in the Houston center, Sosa has been working odd jobs and sending money to his mom and sister in Houston to help pay bills, he said. He's also been saving money up for his return to Guatemala.

"My dad was the one who always took care of us. Now I'm wondering what we're going to do," he said.

Sosa said he plans to leave when his time is up, although he worries about what he will do when he returns to Guatemala. His Spanish is imperfect, he admits, and he barely knows his extended family in Guatemala.

"I don't want to go back," he said.

• Janet Phelps' e-mail address is

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Be Fair

I found a letter about DREAM Act under the Voice of the People in South Bend Tribune. There isn't much to say or comment about it; the letter speaks on its own.

Be fair

On some occasions, our society asks parents to pay for illegal actions done by their minor children. Most agree that this can be a fair way to solve disputes. But I want people to ask themselves another question: Should children have to pay for the illegal actions of their parents?

If your answer is "What? Absurd! Who would blame a kid for his parent's choice to break the law?" read on. We would. If we are not begging our senators to pass the Dream Act, we are blaming kids for what their parents chose to do.

The Dream Act would allow high school graduates who were brought into our country without documentation to continue on to college and use their education to contribute to our country. These people are the teachers, health care workers and scientists our country desperately needs.

While grants and scholarships would be nice, these kids would be thrilled to have the chance I had, which was to work my way through college and pay back a loan after graduation.

Give the kids at least that opportunity! In the long run, we'll all reap the benefits. My eyes start to cross when I ponder the cluster of immigration issues in our country. Who knows how long it will take to resolve them all? But we can start by giving those kids the chance to live up to their full potential.

Margaret Kirkwood Quintana

Friday, December 21, 2007

F.A.I.R. Spouting Hate on Talk Radio Again

Immigration will be the topic once again of Talk Radio in Iowa on December 28th and 29th. Talk show hosts will be debating 'amnesty', but it will most likely be very one sided debate as it is sponsored by the Federation for American Immigration Reform Congressional Tax Force (F.A.I.R.) Polls in Iowa have shown that immigration is an important issue to voters, but F.A.I.R.'s biased, anti-immigrant, conservative agenda without proper discussion will not help in solving the nation's immigration problem and will only spread hate in Iowa and around the country.

The article can be read below:

The presidential candidates seem like they’ll be treading lightly during the days around Christmas, but one right-leaning organization is making sure no aspect of the touchy immigration issue goes unheard.

From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Dec. 27 and 28, Iowa airwaves will be saturated with debates about “amnesty,” the term used by conservatives to describe offering citizenship to illegal immigrants, and border control, as 22 radio talk show hosts from across the country descend on Des Moines for the Iowa 2007 Talk Radio Row, sponsored by the Federation for American Immigration Reform Congressional Tax Force.

In describing why the event is necessary, Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the group, suggested that a majority of Democrats and Republicans were concerned that illegal immigration negatively affects the economy. Recent polls have indicated that immigration is among the top concerns of Iowans, and candidates do get peppered with questions about the issue on the campaign trail.

The fact that the radio-talk-a-thon occurs right after the holiday is just a matter of the Iowa caucuses slated for Jan. 3, he said.

Not everyone sees it that way. Several groups, including the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Center for New Community and the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa and Action Fund, have slammed the F.A.I.R. radio blast.

“I think it’s very ironic that F.A.I.R. would choose the Christmas week for their media blitz, since Christmas week is the time to celebrate someone who represents peace and goodwill because certainly the message of F.A.I.R. mess is not that,” said Connie Ryan Terrell, executive director of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa and Action Fund, in a phone interview with The Caucus.

While Mr. Mehlman said F.A.I.R. was a nonpartisan organization that would not endorse any candidate for office, Ms. Terrell asserted that its radio marathon would push a one-sided conservative agenda. She said:
What we want folks to know is that the message of F.A.I.R. is not welcome. They have the right to speak — that’s not the issue — what I’m saying is that their message meant to incite hatred is not welcome in Iowa, and I would imagine it’s not welcome in other states. People can disagree, we can have dialogue about the issue, but it should not be ramped up like this.

Mr. Mehlman, on the other hand, thinks Iowa voters will find the talk marathon engaging.
“Talk radio has become the voice for the mass of ordinary people in the U.S.,” Mr. Mehlman told us. “These are not generally readers of the New York Times, but they’re a significant force. Their voice can’t be controlled by the elite in this country.”
F.A.I.R. embarked on a similar media blitz last spring when Congress was considering an immigration bill that would have provided ways to gain citizenship for many undocumented immigrants who had lived in the country for years. The measure ultimately failed.

“The ordinary people’s voices didn’t seem to matter to the people in the Senate who cooked up the bill,” said Mr. Mehlman, who added that he thought the bill served the interest of the Mexican president.
Right now F.A.I.R. has no plans to stage a similar event in New Hampshire or before any other state’s primary, he said.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Furniture Store Becomes Immigration Battle Zone

A furniture store in Phoenix, Arizona has now become, every weekend, a battleground over illegal immigration. Though Arizona has been dealing with immigration for many years, the problem in this particular city in front of this particular furniture store began after the store's owner hired off-duty sheriff's deputies (some whom are trained as immigration officers) to patrol around the store's parking lot and nearby area. According to the article 65 people illegal immigrants were arrested and deported by these sheriff's deputies. The protesters want the store owner to hire private security guards who do not have the power to deport people (a very reasonable request). With the protesters lining the sidewalk, business at the furniture store has slowed.

After the failure of comprehensive immigration this year, states and cities have begun passing their own immigration legislation, which has only complicated things nation wide. Allowing individual citizens to implement immigration laws on their own is a dangerous next step.

You can read the article here.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

DREAM Act-like Court Decision in Israel in '06

I remember, a year or so ago, my father mentioning that something similar to DREAM Act had been enacted in Israel. I found this article discussing it.

The Israeli court decision gave legal residency to undocumented children, ten and up, born in Israel to illegal workers. According to the article, civil rights groups were trying to get it to also cover those over ten years old who were not born in Israel. Though obviously there are differences between the DREAM Act here in the United States and the one in Israel, the fundamental idea behind it is the same; not to punish children for the sins of the parents. Below I have highlighted parts of the article that directly relate to the DREAM Act.

But the spectacle of helpless children being threatened with deportation has also touched a nerve, and Israeli human rights groups are waging a court battle to let at least some of them stay in the land where they go to school and whose Hebrew language they speak like sabras – native-born Israelis.

But although the children aren't Jewish, they act just like their Jewish classmates and have never set foot in their parents' homeland.

“I am Israeli,” said 9-year-old Danica Hormillada, daughter of Filipino housecleaners. “And also a little bit Filipinit,” she added, using the Hebrew word for a Filipina.

“The aim is to save these children from cultural expulsion. The children are not responsible for the way their parents came here and the country that let them stay so long.”

In all the above quotations, insert American in place of Israeli and Jewish, insert English in place of Hebrew, and you'd think these were sentences from a news article advocating for the DREAM Act in the United States.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

9500 Liberty Project

I recently came across the 9500 Liberty Project, which is an 'interactive documentary' dealing with the polarized issue of immigration. The documentary is being filmed in Prince William County in Northern Virginia, where for those of you who are not aware, a new resolution allows local police to ask the immigration status of anyone they arrest if they suspect they are in the country illegally. Immigration status can even be checked during a routine traffic stop, if there is 'probable cause' to suspect them being undocumented.

As stated in their blog:
The aim of this documentary is to inform the public, and investigate alternatives to the intense polarization that is hindering progress on the immigration issue.

The 9500 Liberty Project has been mentioned on ABC 7, Fox 5, and MSNBC as well as in newspapers such as the Washington Post. All the videos documented so far can be viewed here.I think everyone interested in the immigration debate will learn something from checking out their blog and videos on YouTube.

In one of the videos a man accuses a group of mainly Hispanics of 'not speaking English' even though they all do. This same man is discussed later by Annabel Park, one of the filmmakers, who explains that she does not see this man as a racist, that he just feels displaced in his neighborhood, and that people with the same views as him are having an identity crisis. Though I think she is giving him more credit than he deserves, I do understand her point. The dialogue between American Citizens and Immigrants must be opened; each side has their legitimate concerns and there has to be a way to preserve both the American culture and Immigrant's culture.

Eric Blyer, another one of the filmmakers, in one of the videos says, "We can't just let the most angry, the most motivated citizens decide the direction our government takes." I agree. Perhaps if more Senators in this country had not listened to those anti-immigration groups, who are small, though very vocal, such as FAIR and NumberUSA, and had not allowed them to dictate the way they vote (since they do not represent the majority of Americans views), perhaps the DREAM Act would have passed.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Are Undocumented Students Criminals?

Recently an article discussed an undocumented student coming out of the *undocumented closet*. He's trying to educate the public about the difficulties facing students like him.

I believe most Americans on both sides of the debate of immigration when asked if children should be punished for the sins of their parents would respond 'no'. It goes against American values; yet each year the DREAM Act is not passed into law, America is essentially doing that very thing.

The rest of the article can be found here:

Undocumented Students are not criminals. How can an infant, toddler, or child be blamed for crossing the border or overstaying their visa?

Many undocumented students despite financial hurdles, since they do not qualify for instate tuition (in many states), federal aid, and scholarships, have gone on to higher education.

I have collected a number of biographies from DREAM Act students. Below is a list of the degrees they are in the process of completing or have completed. Does America really want to kick out such a group of talented individuals who are American in every sense of the word?:

Master of Science Degree in Molecular Biology
Registered Nurse

11 Bachelor of Science Degrees:

Bachelor of Science Degree in Molecular Biology
Bachelor of Science Degree in Bio-Chemistry
Bachelor of Science Degree in Genetics
Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering
Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing
Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality Management
Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance
Bachelor of Science Degree in History
Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management
Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and American Studies

3 Bachelor of Arts Degrees:

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Classics
Bachelor of Arts Degree in History

A.A.S. in Hospitality Management working toward Bachelor of Science

A.A. Degree working towards Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Who Loves America More: American Citizen VS Illegal Alien

No, thankfully this is not the name of a new reality television show. Recently I read an article in which the author brought the idea up of who really would win a game show like that. The answer in many instances would be the illegal alien. The news article can be found at this link:,9171,1692059,00.html

Quotes from article with my responses:

"We all oppose breaking the law, or we ought to. Saying that you oppose illegal immigration is like saying you oppose illegal drug use or illegal speeding. Of course you do, or should [...] The fact that you believe in obeying the law reveals nothing about what you think the law ought to be, or why"

I think the author hit it right on the mark. It is also important to remember that not all laws are just. All the horrible atrocities the Nazis did to the Jews in Germany were not against any written laws in Germany; in fact they were actually following the law.

"Another question: Why are you so upset about this particular form of lawbreaking? After all, there are lots of laws, not all of them enforced with vigor. The suspicion naturally arises that the illegality is not what bothers you. What bothers you is the immigration."

Again this is another very important point. Calling these people criminals is a joke . What crime did these immigrants commit besides looking for a better life for their family? Crossing the desert in the hot sun, no water, risking your life to find a job to feed your family? This was something Americans usually find heroic; not a criminal action.

"But let's not kid ourselves that all we care about is obeying the law and all we are asking illegals to do is go home and get in line like everybody else. We know perfectly well that the line is too long, and we are basically telling people to go home and not come back."

Part of the reason we have such a problem with illegal immigration is because the legal immigration system is broken. The line is too long; having an American citizen wait 20+ years so that their brother or sister can join them is ridiculous. Not only are the immigration laws flawed, but the United States has allowed these people for years and years to establish themselves. We aren't talking about those who just 'jumped the fence' last month. We are talking about the people who have been here over five years, ten years, twenty years; have established roots, and even have children born here. How can you expect someone like to go back to their home country? The America I grew up in is a better country than that.

"Let's not kid ourselves, either, about who we are telling this to. To characterize illegal immigrants as queue-jumping, lawbreaking scum is seriously unjust. The motives of illegal immigrants--which can be summarized as "a better life"--are identical to those of legal immigrants."

Another great point the author makes. There are so many of the opposition who swear that they are for *legal* immigration, but we all know that's not true. All immigrants of this country should know that a harsh policy against illegal immigration until America deals with all the undocumented people in the country, will hurt all immigrants.

I know this post isn't specifically about DREAM, but I felt it was important to discuss.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Shalom and Welcome!

My plans for this blog is to focus on spreading the truth about the DREAM Act and debunk all the myths being spread about this legislation.

I want America to see the personal stories, struggles and accomplishments behind undocumented students who would benefit from the DREAM Act.

I will also post about immigration in general, as well as how it will relate to the upcoming 2008 elections.

The title for this blog came from reading a few news articles calling DREAM Act students, or DREAMies, as Generation 1.5 and ever since then the name has stayed with me. This is a generation stuck in the middle; between their parents born and raised outside the United States and their younger siblings who were born and raised inside the United States. These undocumented students, though not born in the United States, have been raised here, in some cases since infancy, and thus identify themselves as American.

I hope this blog will not only educate the public, but open the hearts and minds of United States citizens to the plight of undocumented students.