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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | DECEMBER 09, 2010 7:10 AM

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Dream Act worth passing

Support the Dream Act, which would allow certain immigrant students who have grown up in the United States to apply for temporary legal status and eventually obtain permanent status and become eligible for U.S. citizenship. These children, though brought into the States illegally by their parents, haven’t done anything wrong. In fact, often the only thing their parents have done is save from them from impoverished countries (which seem to have no chances of recovering), where both their lives and futures are in danger.

Opponents of this bill argue incessantly that it would only increase the deficit because beneficiaries would collect federal benefits. Well, here’s the thing: These children are not sitting down waiting for handouts. They’ll pay their dues by attending (and paying for) college or serving in the military and eventually working, therefore contributing to taxes and Social Security.

Let it not be forgotten that this was a country built by immigrants, whether they came for work, better/new land, self-preservation and prestige, forced into slave labor, exile, etc. Everybody came from somewhere and joined forces to build this country to what it is.

The Dream Act is not amnesty, or a free ride, or a reward for wrongdoing. It would help create a stronger, better-educated, more diverse, ambitious work force that would continue building this country to its greatest potential.

Grace Gathua
University of Iowa senior


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