I support the Dream Act and support helping students and young folks like the one giving their personal story below.
Originally Posted by Hands Sandon
I actually think this is a much needed campaign. Lots of people on here often state they dislike being labeled a such and such. Labels can often just create boundaries, especially those that are negative, or are used in a negative way.
Labels do create boundaries. However in this case they are describe accurate boundaries because they are discussing those who have come to the country in an illegal manner. Illegal is a negative thing. We define it as such in hopes that people will feel compelled to engage in legal acts. It's almost like we build all those jails, prisons and have those law enforcement officers for a reason.
In the media "illegal" is often used with the intent of dismissing or aggravating those it's used on.
This claim cannot be proven and deals more with intent in the mind of someone viewing the news than in the actual reporting. Any topic can be spun but when legitimate words are given "dog whistle" status, then dialog also becomes impossible because it must involve language and words of common meaning. Intentions cannot replace conversation.
It's long past time that the lives of these undocumented people is given a voice. They're your neighbours for heavens sake, many of them have lived in the US practically all their lives contributing greatly to your lives. They fight and die for their country and they pay more in taxes than they consume. They are driven like your ancestors were to build a better life and like your ancestors that opportunity builds a love and respect for the US. If all you do is put them down, get angry with them and try and ruin their lives, your not only showing a gross disrespect to your country but to yourselves too.
There are several incorrect assuptions within those statements. First they aren't often your neighbor. In keeping closer ties and often sending remittances home to native countries, this population often chooses ethnic enclaves and a denser level of housing than is typical. Second the claim about contributing more than they take often assumes that the services they utilize are only used or rendered to their children who are declared U.S. citizens even when they may not be. However if an illegal immigrant has applied for food stamps as an example and qualifies because their child is a U.S. citizen, the study would declare that illegal immigrant to not be receiving any money from the government. Instead it is their child, the citizen who is receiving services and thus they are not a burden. Reality is different though. They are a burden in that they cannot provide for their children and are making demands through their children.
Look at how much of your argument has nothing to do with numbers but deals only with feelings and intentions. The law doesn't stop being the law because someone dislikes a label. It doesn't stop being the law because someone feels disrespected or might even feel hated. The law is the law and it should be BLIND.
The laws need to catch up and make these immigrants whole, like they deserve.
Four more years of Obama and the laws won't matter anymore. Mexico will be building fences to keep Americans out since not only will the tide of immigrants have started returning to Mexico as news reports already report, and also since the Mexican economy is growing faster than the U.S economy, but Americans that aren't looters will be fleeing for greener pastures.
Here's an extract from one of these people who's no longer willing to give in to the stereotypes-
"My Name is Dulce Guerrero and I am an undocumented student from Georgia. I came to the United States at the age of 2 along with my parents who were in search of a better life for my brother and I. I am now 19 years old and I have been living in Mableton, Georgia ever since.
Learning about one's undocumented status at such a young age can be a heart breaking moment. Feeling alone in this situation only makes it worse. There have been many students who have decided it was better to take their own lives before living in this reality. This is one of the many reasons why I decide to share my story every chance I get. Being able to reach out to someone and find that much needed support is a huge part of being mentally healthy in this movement. If we are going to help others we must first help ourselves. UndocuHealth is a project of NIYA and was created in honor of all those undocumented youth who we have lost throughout the years due to depression and mental health issues. An issue that is not spoken about openly, but that is very real. UndocuHealth seeks to support students who might be facing these types of challenges. Students can find more resources and reach out to other undocumented youth who are going through the same situation at undocuhealth.org. UndocuHealth also has a hotline in the works for the near future where undocumented students can call at any time and talk to other undocumented students about what they are feeling. We realize that no matter what state we live in, we are in this together because no one fights alone!
My name is Dulce, I am a Strong and Beautiful Undocumented Leader; I am Not "illegal.""
Dulce is stuck in the middle but not really. She has every opportunity to go back to the country where she has citizenship and is a national to try to build a great life for herself. That said, even with the mistakes her parents have made on her behalf, I would support a path to citizenship for her but the path must involve college with degrees in certain fields or military service from my view. We don't need more community activists. We do need more computer scientists. When someone comes legally, they must be sponsored and the sponsor must show they will not be a societal burden. We do not need dependent, depressed and more people with mental health issues. Mistakes can be fixed with service. If they cannot serve then they must resolve their status by going back to the country where they already have citizenship.