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DREAM Act will turn into a fiscal and social nightmare

What is The American Dream?

According to Wikipedia:

The American Dream refers to the freedom that allows all citizens and all residents[1] of the United States to pursue their goals in life through hard work and free choice. The American Dream often refers to the opportunity for immigrants to achieve greater material prosperity than was possible in their countries of origin. America has been viewed as a land in which one’s prospects in life are defined by one’s talents and energy rather than by one’s family wealth or political connections.


 I love the fact that America has been the birthplace of many inventions, technologies, iedeologies, and philanthropies which have made this country and the world a better place to live.  We have embraced the freedom to think and create and influence history because of the spiritual and governmental foundations upon which our nation was built.  The rights of the citizens and legal residents and immigrants have traditionally been protected, removing many constraints felt in other countries which had formed obstacles to true creativity and productivity. 

For many, the American Dream meant owning their own land or home through their hard work and diligence. We have seen the abuse of that dream nearly ripping our country apart when those who could not afford home ownership were encouraged to live far above their means with mortgages and ARM’s that were designed to bankrupt them.

For me, this is not providing equal opportunity but is deceiving people by preying on their heartstrings–no one wants to be left out of the American Dream!  It also appears to be flagrant and deliberate abuse of power and manipulation of the system.  It is giving an unwarranted hand-out that leaves the recipient (and millions of other in the course of the debacle) worse off than they were before.  If the American Dream is based on hard work and free choice and one’s talents and energy, then it is demeaning and cruel to give a handout with a twisted promise of prosperity without responsibility.

Another American Dream is the opportunity to get the appropriate education to pursue goals, prosperity, and happiness.  Americans have often achieved great things without a complete traditional education, but many others have found their niche in the world because they had the freedom to attend college.  I fully believe that the opportunity for higher education should be available to all citizens and legal residents, but just as with owning a home, there are qualifying factors  that must be taken into account:  is the person legally eligible  to attend the school, is the person academically eligible, and has the financial responsibility issue been handled.

The DREAM Act is being lobbied before both houses of Congress (S729, HR 1751), and has the potential to wreak greater havoc than the Sub-Prime Mortgage Lending.  In short, it will provide amnesty to millions of illegal aliens who are currently in the US, putting their petitions for citizenship ahead of those who are here legally (and have been in the process for years), qualify college students from these families for in-state tuition, with eligibility for federal loans and work-study programs.   The proponents claim that the United States needs the talents and resources these young people represent, and that they will contribute substantially to the economy and Social Security.  The College Board has now endorsed these bills, and passage of them would overturn any state laws that prohibit federal or state funding of illegals and deny illegal aliens in-state tuition prices.

The problems with this legislation are manifold.  Already, we can not control the massive influx of illegals across our borders.  These people are having babies on American soil, giving the children American citizenship.  Families are bringing in other family members.  According to the Pew Hispanic Center, there are 8.3 million illegal aliens holding US jobs, with another 138,000 foreign workers being imported every month, even though millions of American citizens are unemployed.  Add some amnesty, a free path to citizenship, and special perks for college education to the mix, and we might as well open the doors wide with a Welcome Basket in each hand for anyone who wants to come in. 

This is CRAZY!  Since when does good policy reward illegal behavior?  If the USA is trying to curtail spending and get out of debt (that is what the people want), why on earth are we looking for more ways to fund anyone on the planet who wants to live here?  No other country acts this foolishly.  Now this might be one place for taking example from International Law!  😉

According to the Heritage Foundation, amnesty for illegals, with the present numbers–not accounting for additional influx once more benefits are in place–will cost more than 3.3 trillion dollars over the next 4 decades, 70 times the cost of enforcement of existing policies.  See an excellent article on the true costs of amnesty.

Again from Wikipedia:

Barack Obama used the theme of the American Dream in many aspects of his campaign. He said:

“What is that promise? It’s a promise that says each of us has the freedom to make of our own lives what we will, but that we also have the obligation to treat each other with dignity and respect. It’s a promise that says the market should reward drive and innovation and generate growth, but that businesses should live up to their responsibilities to create American jobs, look out for American workers, and play by the rules of the road…. That’s the promise of America – the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation; the fundamental belief that I am my brother’s keeper; I am my sister’s keeper. That’s the promise we need to keep.”  (Emphasis mine.)

So, Mr. President, where is the dignity and respect  for the American citizen, and those who are working hard through the legal system to become citizens, when the lawbreakers are invited to come in and take our resources, our jobs, and our spots in the universities?  How are we looking out for the American workers and playing by the rules of the road when we teach those who aren’t citizens that they are sought after and accommodated in ways that the American public is not?

It is time that the Americans stand up and say NO MORE!  People need to play by the rules whether they desire to become American citizens or whether they are legislators and presidents who think they can change the rules to meet their own agenda.


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