Thursday saw a large group of protesters occupy the Hart Senate Building in an attempt to pressure Congress to pass the DREAM Act. The DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act would allow roughly 800,000 immigrants, who were brought here illegally when they were children, to stay in the country. The bill was introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham and has nine cosponsors in the Senate. The protesters were made up of Washington, D.C., high school and college students who walked out of class to attend the protests. President Trump had given Congress a six-month window to solve the problem of the dreamers’ status in this country. Two months have passed and a deal still has not been reached. Conservatives want an e-verify program that would prevent undocumented immigrants from being hired and an end to the Diversity Visa program, while many Democrats want the bill to give the dreamers a path to citizenship. With the clock ticking on the dreamers, should Congress end the negotiations and pass the Senate DREAM Act?
People who want the DREAM Act passed feel that immigrants are what have made this country great. They feel that, since our country’s founding, people from all over the world have come here and made this country great. They feel the dreamers are a part of that. These are people who came here when they were kids and have built their lives here. People feel that they add so much to this society it would hurt this country to remove them, and it would be cruel to send them away from the only homes they have ever really known.
Those who do not want the DREAM Act passed feel that it would be rewarding people who’ve committed a crime. They feel that, no matter what their ages may have been when they came here, it was still a crime. By rewarding the dreamers, you are insulting the people who followed the rules and came here legally. Finally, Congress should be concentrating on American citizens, not on those who don’t belong here.
Washington Post showing the dreamer protest:
Should Congress pass the DREAM Act? Have these people done nothing wrong and, therefore, should be allowed to stay? Or, are the dreamers criminals and need to be sent home?
Yes, Congress should pass the DREAM Act
Those who want the DREAM Act passed say it would do more harm to this country to remove the dreamers than by letting them stay. They feel that, to remove them from the lives they have built here, and to many the only homes they have ever known, is cruel.
— Eileen De Freest (@eileendefreest) November 9, 2017
To all my fellow undocumented immigrant youth in DC: Thanks for your fearlessness & for putting pressure on our representatives & senators for a #DreamActNow ✊🏽
— Ciriac Isbeth (@ciriacisbeth) November 9, 2017
To every single undocumented American that is walking & protesting on to the steps of the Capitol today, make sure our elected officials hear you loud & clear. We march united with you, this country is your home.✊🏽#DreamActNow
— Simar (@sahluwal) November 9, 2017
My grandparents spoke broken English, but Grandpop was a WWI Vet, and they were great citizens.
Immigrants have helped make us who we are.#DreamActNow
— LoveLiteracy (@Targrimm) November 9, 2017
No, Congress should not pass the DREAM Act
People who don’t want the DREAM Act passed say that the dreamers are criminals. To reward them by letting them stay is an insult to all those immigrants who came here legally.
— 2Cool4U (@chevy88rules) November 9, 2017
American children want to achieve the American Dream, they r the real dreamers, illegals need to go to the back of the line. NO #DreamActNow
— Righteous⚡Crusader (@Craftmastah) November 9, 2017
Do you think Congress should pass the DREAM Act?