Last night I had the opportunity to catch a glimpse of The State of the Union Address, where the U.S. president annually addresses Congress about the condition of the nation and outlines and priorities issues on the legislative agenda for the year. I starting watching when he was speaking about the importance of education. He spoke about how teachers are some of the most influential people in our nation. They shape our minds and they have the ability to not just teach but inspire a student to reach their dreams. He also liked how he addressed and supported the DREAM act.
"They grew up as Americans and pledge allegiance to our flag, and yet live every day with the threat of deportation."-President Obama
The DREAM Act is a piece of legislation that would allow undocumented students who were brought to the U.S. when they were very young to gain permanent residency and eventually citizenship if they graduate from college or serve in the military. Unfortunately the DREAM act bill died in the Senate last month however there is still a strong movement to revive and pass this bill. That means that these students that were brought to this country when they were very young (ex: 3 or 5 years old), grew up in the U.S. and would not know how to live in their native country could be deported and taken back to a country they don't know. These individuals grew up in American cities, experiencing an American way of life and wanting the same opportunity as their fellow peers that are U.S. citizens but are not able to due to their place of birth and their parent's decision to give them a better opportunity by immigrating to the U.S.
One of my old roommates in college would have had this same luck if she hadn't been able to receive residency and citizenship when she was young. She was born in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico and her parents decided to move to Dallas, Texas when she was about 3 years old. They were all undocumented and she tells me about how they crossed the Rio Grande to eventually settle in Dallas. Her dad is a hard working construction worker and her mom is a house wife and mother of five children. Fortunately she was able to gain U.S. citizenship but there are others that are not so lucky. We are both very supportive of the DREAM act and luckily we graduated together. Her goal now is to attend law school to become an immigration lawyer to help people in difficult immigration situations, something she has had to deal with in her family. I am very proud of her since she's an exceptional person, a great friend, a smart student and yes, she was an undocumented "alien" when she entered this country.
I am glad that President Obama supports this bill and realizes the importance of helping these individuals that are caught between a rock and a hard place. Also, it's important to realize who are the people making these decisions. All of the Congress men and women as well as the executive and judicial branch are shaping and personally affecting our lives on a national level. I personally believe that Congress and the government in general needs more diversity in order to adequately represent the American population especially Latinos (the largest minority in the U.S.). Who knows, maybe I'll be able to hold a government position one day.
Vote Sonia for President 2032!! Haha :)