The DREAM Act Fixes a Problem Many Folks are Not Aware is a Problem
August 28, 2009 at 8:19AM
Last weekend, I got a chance to sit down with a couple of young activists who are working to try to pass the DREAM Act. This legislation would allow kids who are undocumented, but who have lived here most of their lives to have a path to legal status.I hope it goes without saying how incredibly cruel and stupid it is that we have kids who have lived in Tennessee almost their whole lives (the kids I met with have been here since they were toddlers), who speak with Tennessee accents, who've gone to our schools and graduated from them, who are in danger of being deported to countries they can't, in many cases, even remember, and all because some of "us" don't believe that they are a part of "us," even if they've been our friends and neighbors almost their whole lives.Regardless of how you feel about adults coming to this country illegally, I would hope that we are not yet at the point as a nation where we knowingly punish children for the sins of their parents.So, these kids hope that, with the passage of the DREAM Act, they will have a means to go to college at in-state tuition rates, or join the military, and then become a legal part of this country. (As I said at Tiny Cat Pants, it's really bitterly funny that we work so hard to make lives miserable and kick out kids who have such a deep love of this country.)I found my meeting with these kids heartbreaking and so I called my dad to talk about it*and he was all, "Well, they can just join the military.