Blog #1

20 Nov

Blogroll: Choices Campus Blog

Title: Make These Dreams a Reality – Pass the D.R.E.A.M. Act!



This blog brings a little background information on the news that broke out from Fresno State University over the past week. Student body president, Pedro Ramirez, was reported as an undocumented immigrant through an anonymous tip. Though there is nothing entirely wrong with undocumented immigrants attending schools in California. Despite one’s legal status, California Supreme Court did pass a new law allowing undocumented immigrants to not only attend college, but also qualify to pay the in-state tuition fees, which is less expensive than the out of state tuition.

This innocent is a great example why the D.R.E.AM. Act should take effect much sooner. The blog states the D.R.E.A.M. Act to be “- (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act which is a proposed bill that would grant citizenship to undocumented immigrants who came to America before the age of 16, attended 3 years of high school and graduated (or obtained a G.E.D.) in the US and complete at least two years of college or serve two years in the US Military. ”

So far Barack Obama and Harry Reid are vouching to help make the D.R.E.A.M. Act reach Congress as soon as possible.

Though a very good point was mentioned in the blog, especially towards those asking: what does the D.R.E.A.M. Act have to do with women’s rights when the topic is only focused on immigration issues? Clearly the blog states, “Undocumented women are more prone to work in positions that are underpaid, harmful to a person’s health, and lack any benefits. These women do not have health insurance and are “less likely to receive adequate reproductive health care, including cervical and breast cancer screening and treatment, family planning services, HIV/AIDS testing and treatment, accurate sex education and culturally and linguistically competent services.” The passage of the DREAM Act and an overall comprehensive immigration bill will help immigrant women protect their reproductive rights through an education that will be beneficial for them after they’ve been granted citizenship.”

Personally, I thought the D.R.E.A.M. Act was a good idea from the start. Majority of the time it is beyond one’s control to with hold a status as an undocumented immigrant when brought to a new country at a young age. Being brought to another country at a young age clearly shows the choice was made by one’s parent or guardian, and these figures should take part in helping their young be documented. I also see the D.R.E.A.M. Act being a huge asset for men and women as well. Despite one’s legal status, no one should suffer the hardship of harsh work environments and lack of health care while undergoing an income less than minimum wage. Hopefully, the D.R.E.A.M. Act can take fold much sooner, so the hardship of immigration can be put behind us.

– Gabrielle Burgos


One Response to “Blog #1”

  1. darian12 November 22, 2010 at 3:55 pm #

    I agree with you Gabrielle. Everyone hears about illegal immigrants coming to America and working for lower pay but no one hears the horror stories of what they have to go through to make their money. I watched a Michael Moore film on this and it was horrible. It showed how much these illegal immigrants suffered from horrible working conditions. I think that D.R.E.A.M. should get more publicity so that it could gain support and these people can have more rights.

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