Saturday, November 20, 2010

Endorsement by the National Association for College Admissions Counseling

This post has much valuable information on the DREAM Act.  It comes from the National Association for College Admissions Counselors...


The DREAM Act 

The DREAM Act is a narrowly tailored legislative remedy for a specific population: undocumented students who were brought to the United States as minors, and have attended and completed elementary and secondary education in the US. The Supreme Court ruled in Plyer v. Doe (1982) that these students are not to be held liable for their immigration status and therefore are entitled to public elementary and secondary education. However, current law does not provide clear paths to citizenship or higher education for these students following high school graduation. The DREAM Act would provide those paths, and would return to the states the right to determine whether qualified undocumented students should be eligible for in-state tuition. The DREAM Act does not require states to provide any benefits to undocumented students, nor does it make these students eligible for federal financial aid.
NACAC supports the DREAM Act as a college access initiative, and has been working on its passage since 2001.

Please take a moment to contact your Senators and Representatives to urge their support for this important legislation using our legislative action center.

Latest News
UCLA: No DREAMers Left Behind: The Economic Potential of DREAM Act Beneficiaries
Congressional Research Service: Unauthorized Alien Students: Issues and DREAM Act Legislation
Congressional Research Service: Unauthorized Alien Students, Higher Education, and In-State Tuition Rates: A Legal Analysis

National Immigration Law Center: September 2010 DREAM Act Activity

National Immigration Law Center: DREAM Act Summary

NACAC releases undocumented student fact sheet highlighting college application rates among undocumented students

Senate Democrats unveil legislative framework for comprehensive immigration reform (REPAIR) which includes DREAM Act provisions. 

Tens of thousands rally in Washington, D.C. in support of immigration reform and the Dream Act

The College Board: Young Lives on Hold: The College Dreams of Undocumented Students

North Carolina Community Colleges: Report on Undocumented Students

Pew Hispanic Center: A Portrait of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States

Senator Richard Durbin's Office: Durbin Introduces Bipartisan Dream Act to Help Students 
Earn a Path to Legal Residency

Library of Congress: The Dream Act of 2009

Links to Committees and Organizations
Senate Judiciary Committee
House Judiciary Committee
Senator Richard Durbin's Official Website

DREAM Resources
Thanks to Sylvia M. for sending this along


Vicente Duque said...

The USA needs these young Latinos of DREAM, they are needed as professionals, scientists, office people, salesmen, teachers, nurses, doctors, workers, managers, janitors, service people in Hotels, Restaurants, etc ...

This is an economic need for the continuing business importance of America in the concert of nations.

Economic Revolution : BRIC and Emerging Economies - Economists Jeffrey Sachs ( Columbia University ) and Jim O'Neill of Goldman Sachs - Their optimistic economic forecasts for the years 2000-2010 were Shy and Timid

BRIC is Brazil, Russia, India and China. These economists have been forecasting Great Development and Growth for these nations.

These economic ideas are very different from what we studied in the books before year 2000 - According to Jeffrey Sachs, availability of Natural Resources is crucial for the Future, and not only those assets but the Youth, Will and Enthusiasm of these nations and populations towards business and economic development.

Some amazing forecasts : Long term these BRIC nations will be more important in the World Economy than USA plus Europe ( Today's Developed Word ).

According to Jeffrey Sachs of the Earth Institute in Columbia University ( New York ), some poor nations of Latin America and Africa could surprise us with a lot of Economic Dynamism in the Future.

Youth, Education and Culture are economic assets that have not been sufficiently considered and studied by Economists in the Literature.

The story that economic books do not tell is that Nations became rich and developed because they had coal, iron ore, etc ...

We know that Egypt and Mesopotamia were cradles of civilization because they had good conditions of Climate, Available Water, Fertility, etc ... while life was harsher in colder climates, but as technology developed then life in Northern Europe or Britain could be improved and these nations could advance in their human societies.

The "Challenges to Civilization" of British Historian Arnold Toynbee and his predictions of declinations, "pressures of Barbarians" and death of Civilization by Suicide and not by Homicide. Translate to Economy what the Great Historian first thought.

Apply the same ideas to Economies and you find amazing surprises like what these novel economists tell us.

The ideas of these guys are a great rejection of the Racism and Determinism of the 19 and 20 centuries.

Vicente Duque

Anonymous said...

I used to support the DREAM Act, but now i am more than disappointed. And i can give you some reasons why i am completely against it:

1. The military option should be out of the bill immediately, simply because you can not make a law favoring one over the other, if you tell me that is not the case, find the amount of desperate legal "latinos" that have been part of this illegal wars and the way the military targets low income communities all over the country, they target all ethnic groups just because it is their only chance in life.
2. I completely think this is another form of control by the government and is about time We wake up. They keep playing with your vote, one day is Bush and the other is Obama, as if they actually care.
3. I have to disagree with the age limit, i actually think that a 15 year old is capable of a decision to either come or stay, i know many kids that age that came to this country without their parents consent. I would change it to 12 and less.
4. I would support some form of law against irresponsible parents.

The fact that we deny ourselves the opportunity to actually discuss and accept responsibility when a kid is brought to a new country and just expect the new place to have a moral responsibility with them is just wrong. Yes we want better choices for our children, but we also need to understand that as soon as they come here under this circumstances, we are denying them the choice of being legal individuals and being able to choose for themselves, it is a way of punishing them the same we are doing to ourselves. I know many people here illegally that decided to leave their kids in their own countries and as bad as that sounds,it is a wise decision.

Thank you for a very interesting blog. Good luck