Posts Tagged ‘Immigration’

The DREAM Act explained

So apparently somebody pretending to run for president slammed the DREAM Act today while visiting Ellis Island. For those not in the know, the DREAM Act allows children of undocumented immigrants to conditionally receive permanent residency for going to college or serving in the U.S. military. This would reduce the deficit by about $1.4 billion over ten years.

Leave aside the fact that it’s pretty immoral to punish children for the sins of their parents. Leave aside the fact that sending some kid back to countries they may not have been to since infancy is traumatizing. What I don’t get is this: in what world does it make sense to kick this human capital, which represents an investment of tens of thousands of dollars in education funding from taxpayers, out of this country before there is a return on the investment? How is that fiscally sane?

The Federal DREAM Act

Congress is debating the DREAM act, which would give the children of undocumented immigrants the opportunity to normalize their status, and thereafter gain citizenship, if they server in the military or get a college education. If there was ever a no-brainer, this is it, and polls show widespread support for it. Businesses support it. Human rights groups support it. But….and you know when it comes to immigration, there’s always a but….there’s a group of vocal conservatives who are dead-set against it. I may not fully understand their logic, but as best as I can tell, it boils down to, “If we pass this, then we will encourage more 5-year-old children to convince their parents to come to the U.S. so they can join the military and go to college.”

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A darker shade of humanity

The mosque near Ground Zero, the English-only city ordinance in Lino Lakes, the immigration law in Arizona…quite a lot of people these days are upset by “the other”. Each of these topics in turn deserves a full rundown, but in short, a lot of it boils down to backlash against a changing world, a world that is more diverse and less homogeneous. For some people, this describes a threatening world.

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Crazing Arizona

Arizona and Oklahoma have been battling it out lately over which state can be the kookiest, but come on, the anti-immigrant law that Arizona has bletcherously vomited onto the national pscyhe definitely wins. It’s got it all: racial profiling, forcing people to do things they have no expertise doing, and opening cities to huge lawsuits from crazed constituents who think that they aren’t doing enough to keep the dark-hued people out. Of course, given the monumental stupidity of the law, it’s being embraced by conservatives around the country and in Minnesota as well.

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