I am sitting here crying. Crying my eyes out. Maybe this is why people freak out at the mention of a woman president. They imagine a white version of me sitting in the white house crying and eating lots of chocolate bemoaning budget issues or something…
Anyway, so it’s weird to be crying over an immigration issue. I am not an immigrant. I am a Bronx born Puerto Rican which makes me both a citizen and a Latina.
So thankfully my ass is covered by Uncle Sam from both ends of the platano.
but if I had been born in Mexico, Santo Domingo or Jamaica (insert anywhere else),
I would NOT be a citizen of the United States.
That seems reasonable so far and truthful.
So back to my bucket of tears…
(image from memegenerator.net)
One of my college friends is now a politician. I will not state his name or location. In college, we were in the same improv group, on student council together etc etc.
He was down to earth, open minded, sweet…all the things you need from college friends.
Flash forward to now.
Homeboy is now an elected official. He fought tooth and american nail to railroad any sort of DREAM Act in his hometown, the town we BOTH went to college in.
Did he feel this way while I was in class with him? Wondering if I was legal, wondering if I deserved to be there…? And I’m like, damn had my family been one island over, he’d essentially be telling me that I shouldn’t be educated here.
I’m guessing people like their “illegal” immigrants stupid and sturdy.
What is the big deal if non-citizens have access to higher education and possibly be eligible for in state tuition?
Should we not want EVERYONE in this country to be able to better themselves? Isn’t this what whitey has been telling us about America, land of the free, home of the Whopper, since forever?
(image from penpens super blog)
This politician “friend” posted his sadness on FB over the idea of DREAM Act. All of the responding comments were by other saddened republican predominantly (read: all) white constituents lamenting their hard earned tax dollars being put into the brains of those damned greedy illegals.
Am I missing something? I pay taxes. Should I be mad too? I feel insane.
I don’t know anything about the legal immigration process or naturalization. maybe that’s why I feel so confused.
Some of friends are saying things like, “Well why should any of my money go to their college funds?” “They come here to work not go to school. They can do that in their own countries.”
So I looked into the DREAM Act a little and this is what I found:
The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2010 was passed Dec. 8 by the House of Representatives and awaits a vote in the Senate. The bill would grant “conditional non-immigrant status” to those who entered the U.S. illegally before their 16th birthday and have been here for at least five years. They must be persons “of good moral character” who are not deportable under the Immigration and Nationality Act, and have to be younger than 30 when the DREAM Act is passed.
To qualify for the bill’s provisions, illegal immigrants must also satisfy one of the following requirements: have a high school diploma, be enrolled in a college or university, or be a servicemember for at least two years.
Under the new legislation, conditional non-immigrant status would be granted to those who qualified for five years and could be extended another five years. In this status, they would be eligible for student loans and federal work-study grants. Upon earning a college degree, or after serving two years in the military, they could then apply for permanent residence.
Um so we’re really talking about kids and teenagers, right? Like…who wouldn’t have just smuggled themselves over here for the heck of it…who were brought here for a better life, as KIDS….
So now we’re a country that denies kids with “good moral character”, a “high school degree” and the desire to achieve their educational goals the access and funds to that education?
Aren’t those the kinds of children we WANT in this country? Educated, ambitious and proud children of immigrants, they’re not the ones smuggling meth from tiajuana or toronto into the US.
I am educated and I am open to debate and I want to understand everyone’s point of view. I do. I highly encourage you to check me when I’m wrong. Neither one of us knows everything.
Yet, to be against the DREAM Act seems so societally counter productive. If Latinos are going to make up such a huge percent of the population in the future (and now), shouldn’t we as a country be trying to help make that transition the most successful and all inclusive transition ever?
And Latinos aren’t the only non-citizens running around this country undocumented…but we seem to have the perfect faces for pulling hate and mistrust out of the really good and hardworking people in this country.
I’m guessing opponents imagine “these people” in their schools:
When really it’s more like this:
(images from newsone.com)
And yet, The United States of America has no problem funding a government sanctioned NASCAR fund worth upwards of 32.8 million dollars but we don’t wanna allow illegal (god i hate that word) immigrant children/teens/youngadults access to higher education or in-state tuition?
America, ya’ll don’t make any kind of sense. I am tired of your antics. I am tired of this insidious white-centric republican anti-community anti-acceptance systematic hypocrisy that this country feeds off of.
It is time to ACT. wait, is blogging an act? yeah…i think so and so is hitting up your politicians in support of the Dream Act from the Latino Rebels and checking out this awesome organization the New York State Youth Leadership Council.
Unluckily, for my politico friend, a bill allowing “illegal” immigrants to be eligible for in state tuition passed in our alma mater’s state. He’s probably still that good kid I used to know. He has his beliefs and I have mine. The only difference is I try to not fight against things like education.
Access to education should be an irrefutable right.
No more tears for me….well not right now anyway.
What do you think about all of this?