Dream Act or Nightmare Act?

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The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act of 2011, proposes to allow children of undocumented immigrants that were brought to the United States before their fifteenth birthday who have lived in America for at least five years straight to apply for permanent residency once they graduate from high school or achieve a GED. Conditionally, these children must be admitted into a college and complete a two-year degree or serve two years in the military. They must also be free of criminal convictions and have an honorable character. In addition, the DREAM Act would reverse current law to allow states to provide taxpayer subsidized in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants. An estimated 1.1-2.1 million illegal…show more content…
Lawmakers need to consider that the DREAM Act will create strains and negatively affect the educational opportunities available to American citizens by adding roughly one million students to state universities and community colleges (Camarota). Supporters of the DREAM Act argue that it will significantly increase tax revenue because the amnesty recipients with a college education will earn more, causing them to pay more in taxes. However, Camarota shares that any tax benefit is in the long-term and will not help public institutions deal with the large influx of new students the Act creates in the short-term. Due to the limited spaces at institutions, United States citizens will be crowded out and that will reduce their lifetime earnings and tax payments. In addition, since the DREAM Act only requires two years of college, the undocumented immigrants will not necessarily earn a degree, not helping to increase their tax payments. Moreover, with the college dropouts so high, many illegal immigrants will not complete the required two years, so taxpayers will pay for their enrollment and financial aid without long-term benefits (Camarota).
The DREAM Act will negatively impact the United States by weakening respect, increasing rates of illegal immigration, and create a
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