Illegal Immigrant Children Essay

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The “American Dream” was an ideology influenced throughout all American history that all immigrants first had when they entered the United States. Past Eurasian immigrants escaped the persecution they once faced in their own country in search of a better life in America. Currently, the residents of Central America are fleeing their countries filled with poverty and crime and are illegally entering and smuggling their children, some as young as three, into America (Ross). The Development, Relief, and education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, proposed by president Barack Obama, is a plan to create a clear path for children of illegal immigrants towards U.S. citizenship and American benefits. These illegal immigrants must have entered the United…show more content…
As current president Barack Obama stated, “Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine you’ve done everything right your entire life… only to suddenly face the threat of deportation to a country that you know nothing about, with a language that you may not even speak” (Obama). These kids, who know little of their home country, have grown up in America for most of their childhood as law abiding children who lack U.S. citizenship. Back at home, children are frequently on the front lines of danger, and so a parent’s only option is to pay up to $7500 to smuggle their child into America (Ross). Until America reassesses this issue with illegal alien minors, young, innocent children will be returned to a poverty-stricken lifestyle with no way out.
Critics accuse that the DREAM Act is far too expensive use of American tax money, however, Luis Miranda, who was the Former Director of Hispanic Media, believes that it is beneficial to America’s economy. He states that the act will “increase government revenues by $2.3 billion over the next ten years” (Miranda). Not only that, but the DREAM Act will make this nation more competitive in the global economy and allows border security to focus more upon those who pose more of a serious threat to America’s national
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