California Passes DREAM Act
DREAM Act Financial Aid for Undocumented Citizens
California Governor Jerry Brown passed the DREAM Act on Saturday. The DREAM Act allows undocumented citizens to attend state colleges, however not achieve citizenship because of it. At the University of Texas, the Texas Aggie Conservatives are rallying against the University Leadership Initiative to ensure the DREAM Act does not happen on their campus. Why?
Last week students across 15 SUNY/CUNY campuses in New York took part in a walk out, in a means to protest the 30% tuition hike scheduled over the next 6 years. With California passing the DREAM Act, I understand it is a monumental move for immigrants, however if you don’t have legal authorization to work in this country, how is it right to include these undocumented students as eligible in regards to financial aid?
By the way let me just state now my argument is on undocumented citizens, I do not care if you are black, white, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, etc. I care that you are here, not eligible to work in the United States, but adding to a failing economy. Many of the arguments regarding the DREAM Act are covering racial issues and education rights. Come, get an education! But if you don’t want to pay taxes after or before you go to school than sorry, PAY FOR IT YOURSELF! It’s hard enough to get financial aid for college when you’re a legal resident of the United States! I had to take out $50,000 in school loans and so should the undocumented students who are at the same level as myself.
My younger brother is a Marine and this story was bought to my attention by a mother whose son serves our country on less than what a private college costs per year. During the debt debates many objected to the money that is spent towards our military. Armytimes.com reports that Congress is pointing fingers towards the military budget for the enormous deficit we have surmounted. My brother makes less in 2 weeks than some of these undocumented workers do in a week. I get it, he has his room and board paid for, even for some the meals, however they defend our country with their lives, and really its only worth $900 bucks or so every two weeks? The Navy spends less than $800 million dollars a year on ship maintenance, if you’re a military supporter like me, than be forewarned this might boil your blood a bit.
Upon researching the DREAM Act I have found myself getting deeper and deeper into an issue that has not had any airtime on television, mainstream, aka Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan kind of spotlight. Through the Lonely Conservative I found an article from the Washington Post, reporting on an interesting topic that never seemed to make it into the mainstream media. The Washington Post reported that the Internal Revenue Service allowed undocumented workers to collect $4.2 billion in refundable tax credits last year. QUADRUPLE to the sum five years ago in 2006. Now, with a deficit of $14.5 trillion dollars the $4.2 billion only accounts for .03% of our national debt. However the United States Treasury website reported that when Bush left office we had $7.6 trillion dollars already accumulated, therefore making the last 6 years total $6.9 trillion dollars. According to CNSNews.com the national debt increased in fiscal 2010 by $1.65 trillion dollars. Granted $680 billion came from military spending however that is split between every branch of our military and the service members. Now lets do some math… The entire military budget for a year accounts for 41% of the deficit in 2010 however the military members pay taxes and protect our country. The undocumented workers account for 1% of the deficit, yet that’s just in the IRS credits that were refunded. Think of health care, jobs that are lost and more.
According to a report in February by the Pew Hispanic Center, there were 11-12 million undocumented citizens living in the United States in March of 2010. Also a recent study shows that native-born workers lost 1.2 million jobs and foreign-born gained 656,000 after the Great Recession ended in June of 2009. My question is what do the undocumented workers do for this country? Really what do they do? Can Americans go and work in another country without the proper paperwork? No.
Granted the DREAM Act in California deals with state financial aid, my problem is this. If you are not legally eligible to work in this country and generate revenue why are we paying you to live here?
The eligibility for receiving state financial aid through California can be found at the California Student Aid Commission website. Applicants must fill out a FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) upon which asks you to report your EFC or expected family contribution. The EFC is taken from your family’s income the year before, off of your tax documents that you file with an accountant. The Lonely Conservative reported last month on an article from the costing the state of California an additional $40 million dollars a year? Yep that’s right Fox News reported that by Governor Jerry Brown passing the legislation for the DREAM Act, he tacks on an additional $40 million expense onto the state budget, but hey he has a back up plan. The Sacramento Bee reported that California revenues missed their mark in September, coming in $301.6 million rather than $310 million in revenue for the month.
So let me get this straight, you project that California will receive $4 billion dollars over the course of 2011/2012. In September you come up 4% below where you expected to be, however say that you can make cuts in schools and social services in case it remains lower than you hoped? Oh I have an idea, allow individuals who do not have the proper paperwork to obtain a job in the United States, the ability to apply for state financial aid. Just subtract another $40 million dollars from the $301.6 million, bringing you to 14% below budget instead of 4%. Sounds like a DREAM Act to me!
Is it right for the DREAM Act to grant immigrants the same rights towards education that American citizens have? Sure if they are residents of the United States of America, I am all about it. Being perfectly honest, the DREAM Act means well but this is the thing America, Student protests arose across 15 SUNY/CUNY campuses regarding increases in tuition. While 17 cities protest greed and big business running our government, the Texas Aggie Conservatives petition against around Texas A&M’s University Leadership Initiative to keep the DREAM Act out of UT.
The Venture Online reported the students’ feelings towards Governor Perry and his stance on allowing this legislation to go through. Gov. Perry took a strong stand against immigration, claiming he would be tough, but I guess not. “It is outrageous that Texas A&M, because of Governor Perry, is awarding those who violated the law with in-state tuition and financial aid. The Texas government, especially in these troubling economic times, should not be subsidizing the higher education of adults who cannot legally work in the United States,” said Steven Schroeder, Chairman of the TAC to Venture Online.
Governor Perry contradicted himself by allowing the legislation around the DREAM Act to go through. KXAN.com reported Perry’s remarks in January regarding immigration, showing how truly on the fence he seems to be.
“In January, Perry took on one of the largest immigration issues, making it clear he wanted to ban so-called sanctuary cities. They are places where police are not required to check the immigration status of people they detain, making it easier for illegal immigrants to live there. ‘If the shoe is fitting you, then you might not want to be wearing it’, Perry said.”
But its ok to cross over the border without shoes, I mean that way your not guilty in Governor Perry’s eyes. Where is the DREAM Act headed? Dallas Morning News reported on the troubling findings that once again, manage to escape the mainstream news.
“During the fall semester, 12,138 students – about 1 percent of all Texas college students – benefited from the state law granting in-state tuition, according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Most of the immigrants among those students are illegal, and some others are not legal permanent residents or U.S. citizens.
Texas awarded about $33.6 million in state and institutional financial aid to those students between fall 2004 and summer 2008.
In 2001, Texas became the first state in the country to pass an in-state tuition law. The law created a national movement. Many private universities also now award aid to illegal immigrant students.”
People need to re-evaluate what this DREAM Act means and we should not be adding costs in one area and taking them away from the very group who fights for this country. The DREAM Act should not even be an issue as native-born citizens have trouble finding financial aid. Why are we creating something like the DREAM Act that allows undocumented citizens to receive financial aid but not be eligible to work. Are they required to remain in the United States work and achieve citizenship with the DREAM Act? I am all about undocumented students receiving an education but pay for it yourself. You want to come here and learn, than pay just as we all have. Our country wants to remove the GI Bill that allows military service members the chance to attend college yet grant undocumented citizens the ability to receive financial aid through the DREAM Act? By supporting legislation like the DREAM Act what does that do to America financially?
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