Thursday, March 15, 2012

Dream Act

Dear Mr. President,

My name is Isabelle. I am a student at Parkway West Middle School, and I am writing you today to share my thoughts about the DREAM Act.

I first became interested in the DREAM Act when I was watching CNN Student News in fifth grade. I immediately was astonished by how limited illegal immigrant students' futures are, how they worked just as hard (if not harder) than American teenagers work, just to have their well-deserved futures ripped away from them. Since then, I've done a lot of research on the DREAM Act, written several essays and even made a Public Service Announcement to try to get others to recognize how helpful and serious the DREAM Act is. This letter will hopefully be one step further on the road to getting these students the future and life they've earned. 

Most of these students were brought here when they were very young by their parents, without a choice. America has been the only true home these young people have ever known, the country they are loyal to, the country they love. Is it right to go against the basic American sense of fairness and punish them for the bad choices of their parents? These young people, without the DREAM Act, will suffer for someone else's wrong doings in an abysmal life of constant fear. They will never live up to their full potential, their bright, talented selves deprived of the life they deserve.  Are we going to charge these young people with someone else's crimes or are we going help them live the "American Dream" they've earned?

The DREAM Act would benefit the U.S. Armed Forces, because tens of thousands of highly-qualified, well-educated young people would enlist in the Armed Forced if the DREAM Act becomes law. The DREAM Act would help our economy prosper exceedingly. A UCLA study concluded that DREAM Act participants could contribute $1.4-$3.6 trillion to the U.S. economy in their working lives. The DREAM Act could extensively help solve our unemployment problems. It is irrational to refuse to accept the home-grown talent that can contribute so significantly to our country.

The DREAM Act is only for the best of the best of the 65,000 young illegal immigrants each year. They are the artists, teachers, doctors, and scientists of the future. They could help solve world hunger or find a cure for cancer, but we're discriminating them, not even letting them have a chance at a future.

If you could consider largely supporting my point of view on the DREAM Act, illegal immigrants could at least have a chance at an ideal future. I understand we live in a democracy and have to make our own opinions. Talking about or explaining the DREAM Act to the American public so they can be aware of the topic and individually decide their view on the topic could potentially really help these young students. The more people that know about these crimes illegal students haven't committed but are being punished for, the more we as American citizens can work together to reprieve them of these crimes and allow them to live lives not marked by squandered hopes and fear.  

Thank you very much for reading my letter and considering helping these young students. I understand you are a very busy man, and taking the time to read my letter makes me ecstatic that young illegal immigrants might get a chance at a real future. Together we can allow every child have a chance at a brighter future.



Parkway West Middle School

      Chesterfield, Missouri



Mrs. Elsie F. Rafferty

MOSAICS Specialist

Parkway West Middle School


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