April 21, 2010

Demands for "DREAM"s?

I'm going to give a lot of latitude to the authors of a recent commentary in the Racine Journal Times entitled, "DREAM Act upholds nation’s promise to immigrant students." They are high school students who haven't yet experienced the realities of life. Or should I say the real costs of life....

While I have empathized with the children of illegal aliens, I take issue with the many complaints of so-called injustices that are listed in this commentary. The authors complain of an unfair system that doesn't give illegal aliens drivers' licenses, or health insurance. No doubt it would be emotional turmoil and pain to endure your family members being deported, or punished for being here illegally.

But where is the acknowledgement of the free K-12 public education they are receiving? Or the health care that they receive in our emergency rooms? How about the ESL classes we provide? While the authors are quick to point out the fact that they are not eligible for tax-payer subsidized college educations, neither are the American kids who want to attend a university in a different state.

Not all legal American citizens have health insurance. Not all legal American citizens have driver's licenses--perhaps they didn't pay their child support, or drove away without paying for their gasoline--all rules that were broken and now, as a punishment, have their driving privileges taken away. Note the word, "privilege." Driving is indeed a privilege, not a right.

I, too, would like to quote Martin Luther King Jr., as did the authors. "We refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation."

The bank of justice is not bankrupt. There are plenty of opportunities in the great vault. But they are opportunities, not guarantees. So while those banks and vaults are not bankrupt, our monetary banks and vaults are!

Like American citizens, you have an opportunity to better your life, apply for citizenship and follow the rules, laws and procedures that have been put in place. The free education you're receiving today is giving you a great opportunity for your future here. I surmise that the life you're living here is a far better one than you'd be living in Mexico.

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