The Dream Act is one of the most hot button and debated issues of this generation. The act, which stands for development, relief, and education for alien minors act, was put in to place to give children of illegal immigrants in America a chance at education and equality. The public is nearly completely divided on the includings of this act. Some feel that it is unfair to the children of Americans and gives a an unfair advantage to immigrant children. In order to really understand the effects that this act has had on our country we need to look at the pros and cons that it offers.
The Pros of the Dream Act
1. It Will Not Damage Our Current Workforce
The jobs that illegal immigrants have are generally the ones that other members of the community do not want or are unwilling to do. This means that the increased amount of workers won’t damage the current workforce or economy.
2. Helps To Keep Families Together
Many of the illegal immigrants who are in this country brought children with them, or gave birth to children after they came here. With the Dream Act, people who have minor children in the United States are not eligible for deportation. This is a good thing because it can be very cruel and traumatic to tear apart families, especially children from their parents.
3. Build And Enforce Our Military
Only people who are citizens of the United States have the ability to serve in any of the military branches. This is a matter of security, but it could also be hurting the size and strength. If immigrants who came to the United States illegally were given the opportunity to serve in a branch of the military, the recruitment pool would expand vastly.
4. Gives Young Immigrants More Potential
The main purpose of the Dream Act is to give children and young people, who are also immigrants or children of illegal immigrants, every opportunity that they need to succeed in the United States. This means making accommodations for schooling, learning, and tackling language barriers.
5. Will Create A More Skilled Work Force
The Dream Act requires illegal immigrants to finish high school and complete at least two years of college. This means that the amount of experienced and qualified people in the work force will increase, improving our economy and global standing.
The Cons of the Dream Act
1. A Booming Population May Grow Too Big
There are already some areas of the country that have extremely large numbers of illegal immigrants living there. With the Dream Act, more and more people will come to America to escape the issues and challenges that they face in their home country. While it would be ideal to allow everyone to come and thrive in the United States, it is virtually impossible. Too many people could cause major problems of overpopulation.
2. The Voting System Would Be Greatly Effected
You are not allowed to vote in elections in the United States unless you are a legal citizen. Once you obtain that citizenship, you can vote. This could mean that the politicians would now begin directing all of their policies and campaigns to benefit the immigrants who have recently obtained citizenship, greatly skewing the elections in the country.
3. Over Burdening Government Programs
A huge majority of illegal immigrants in the United States require some form of governmental assistance to live and sustain themselves. Our social programs in America are already greatly over burdened, and allowing thousands, even millions, of more people to come and take advantage could prove to be disastrous.