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:
http://www.metroactive.com/metro/12.12.07/news-0750.html

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

4 comments:

Fash said...

That's a great list you have there, and a lot are in very important areas.

As for that guy...he is beyond brave.

Damn Mexicans said...

Seriously, Why is anyone opposed to the DREAM act? These degrees holders can only be a benefit to the US. The only reason I can see for being opposed to DREAM is bigotry.

Codex said...

They are opposed because they think that they are taking away from American Citizens' opportunities.

But so far I don't see them complaining about having to pay out of state tuition to get their degree in Engineering...

Awesome list by the way.

iamashadow said...

Adrian Ramirez is the man! My hero, I could never do that myself, I'm too afraid. As a guy above me said, he is beyond brave. That's an awesome list too.