Living The American Dream Act

863 WordsApr 24, 20154 Pages
For many people today, living the American dream is as simple as waking up. Many young adults do not have to worry about deportation from the only country they have known as home. Nonetheless, 7.6% of the population in North Carolina’s school system is the sons or daughters of illegal immigrants and lack a legal status (Strauss). With the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act) many of those young adults will be able to become American citizens. By passing the DREAM Act, this will allow for many of those young adults to attend a university, earn a taxable living, and purchase a home. The time to start thinking about a university is about the time a student enters the ninth grade. Unless that student is not a legal citizen, then the choices become very limited. Without the DREAM Act, being able to attend a university becomes almost impossible. It is because most universities ask for proof of residency before allowing the student to attend. This can be very discouraging for the illegal students and become the reason for dropping out of high school before receiving a diploma. Only two and a half percent of the 31,000 illegal students will not graduate from high school (“CLOSING THE GAP…”). However, opponents of the DREAM Act, believe that by allowing illegal immigrants to attend universities; they would be taking sits from legal residents. This would put an unnecessary strain on the already overcrowded universities. This would also deplete the
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