Why the U.S. Economy Needs Its DREAMers

Why the U.S. Economy Needs Its DREAMers

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David Cho has a dream—to become a citizen of the country in which he has grew up and now attends college. However, instead of entertaining employment offers upon his graduation next spring like many of his fellow economics majors, this UCLA senior could face deportation from the only country he has ever known.

It is heartbreaking stories such as Cho’s, combined with the fact that allowing 65,000 students to graduate from U.S. high schools every year without legal status defies fiscal logic, that bring us to call on the Senate to pass the DREAM Act, a bill that would allow young people like Cho who were brought to this country as minors the opportunity to become citizens and contribute to our economy if they continue their education or join the military.

We do not graduate enough home-grown science, math and engineering majors to keep up with demand. If Congress passed the DREAM Act, the U.S. could increase its competitiveness in manufacturing and other sectors immediately—something the Council on Competitiveness says we desperately need to regain our economic edge in the global economy. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the DREAM Act would generate $2.3 billion in tax revenue over 10 years, while UCLA calculates that the law would inject $3.6 trillion into the economy over the next 40 years.

The issue is particularly acute for Asian Americans and the University of California system. Nearly two-thirds of Asian Americans are foreign born; one in 10 students who would be covered by the DREAM Act is Asian American. In the UC system alone, Asian Americans comprise approximately 40 percent to 44 percent of the undocumented student population. Passage of the DREAM Act would mean that more of the Asian-American community’s best and brightest young people can become successful and productive citizens.

In our community, there are many students like David, who also dream of becoming doctors, lawyers, scientists and military leaders in this country. It’s a national shame to waste their talent and force these young people to leave the only home they’ve known. The Senate needs to follow the House’s example and make the DREAM Act a reality today.

Karen K. Narasaki is president and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center, a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, which works to advance the human and civil rights of Asian Americans, and build and promote a fair and equitable society for all.

 

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Anonymous

Posted Dec 17 2010

US Taxpayers Vs. The Dream Act, et al

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) was instrumental in the downfall of the 2006 Secure Border fence Act, as even before the ink was dry on the law, she and a bunch of other stealth conspirators severed funding and removed the construction of the second internal fence that was to be electrified. Today under Obama's watch, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and of course syrupy Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) we have a border barrier half completed and nowhere near enough National Guard and US Border Patrol to stop the illegal alien invasion. Local Sheriff said on the TV last night, not only do we have thousands of destitute people coming here looking for a job, but they are accompanied by criminals and other suspicious aliens from Syria and other dangerous insurgents from the Middle East. This week we had another Border Patrol agent murdered in a gun battle, and with the ongoing drug wars in Mexico, this is only seen to get worse. E-Verify suffered a similar fate from Senator Harry Reid and Pelosi who were conspiratorial in thinning out the strength of the computer application for businesses, by making it voluntary instead of mandated it. Today hundreds of thousands of honest business owners are using this new version of E-Verify in conjunction with the I-9 employment status document to authenticate whose working on their premises, while just as many are--NOT?

Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano has incessantly stated the border is secure, but this is far from the truth? Any of us only have to question the Border state law officers and the land owners, to discover the real truth--Including regions where federal authorities, have stationed signs warning citizens not to trasspass on these areas of American land overrun with drug smugglers and other criminals. The Dream Act for an estimated 2.1 million students will be a serious blow to our own youngsters looking for a job, to compliment their chance of paying for college. Further--down the line under the Dream Act, immediate family can be sponsored in the United States through the family unification law. The major problem with this sponsorship is the original surety, neglects his financial responsibility and then the US taxpayer becomes the recipient. Google more information on any keywords using immigration costs and learns where billions of your taxes go?

Communicate your major concern about the Dream Act, illegal Immigration, and Amnesty by phoning the Washington switchboard to be connected at 202-224-3121. Learn more in depth information at NumbersUSA.

Since the Senate will vote Saturday on the DREAM Act, provided are the following phone numbers of Senators to call "RIGHT NOW and tell them to vote--NO--on the DREAM Act."

AK: Murkowski - 907-225-6880
AR: Pryor - 501-324-6336
FL: LeMieux - 407-254-2573
ME: Collins - 207-283-1101
MT: Tester - 406-252-0550
NC: Hagan - 336-333-5311
ND: Conrad - 701-232-8030
OH: Voinovich - 419-259-3895
TX: Hutchison - 214-361-3500
WV: Manchin - 304-264-4626

The Tea Party is watching with great interest how their own people vote, and certainly be holding every other Senator in their line of fire and for future reference.

Anonymous

Posted Dec 20 2010

We have lots of older folks with MS and PhD degrees who found their jobs were sent overseas or given to cheap temporary foreign workers, many of whom spent little to nothing on their college education in their home countries. They are able and willing to work for less.

There is no free college here, so Americans are avoiding spending years in higher education only to find they can't find a job that pays their student loans.

We don't need any additional students to fill out American science classes. We need students who feel confident their investment of time and money will pay off in the end. The DREAM Act students would have faced the same dilemmas concerning low wages and a steady influx of cheap foreign science graduates as our legal students, except that they would not have qualified for any grants or student loans.

jerseycityjoan
12/20/2010

Anonymous

Posted Dec 20 2010

Good article and true to its point. but the point you and most are not understanding or missing is the extra baggage that comes with the students. If the students in question had parents that hadnt broken the law by comming and staying, or if their parents had applied for citizenship then the graduation student wouldnt have a problem. So the blame and crime is with the parents, not the kids. What if we let the kids stay but deported the parents...or how about the kids can stay but the parents have to apply and pay all back taxes for the years they have been here. Also you will not be allowed to bring your family or friends in with you, and you must either graduate and or join the military before your a citizen. I could and would support either idea, but I like so many others just cant support allowing those who broke the law to get a free pass, there are too many honest people going thru the paperwork and doing it honestly.

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