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  • brian roa
    The Dream Act is back, and it is being promoted by many politicians and even some college-bound immigrants or immigrants in college. The DREAM Act is a path to
    Message 1 of 1 , May 1, 2009
    The Dream Act is back, and it is being promoted by many politicians and even some college-bound immigrants or immigrants in college.
    The DREAM Act is a path to 'legalization' for undocumented youth.  There are 2 options: 2 years of college (and recieve at least a 2 year associates degree) or 2 years of the military (which doesnt exist. enlistement contracts are 4 years active, 4 years reserve)
     
    also consider that the students would only have limited financial aid options.  the right to pay in-state tuition was taken out of the DREAM Act.  In an older version that right was there.  And only 11% of latin@s have a degree, which one would need in order to qualify for the DREAM Act.  Latin@s arent the only ones that would be effected, but we are about 70% of the undocumented community.
     
    The math is easy, an overwhelming majority will be squeezed into the military option.  These are the facts.  And unless the DREAM Act adds incentives and makes college attendance (and high school graduation) rates higher, these will remain the facts. 
     
    The Dream Act is a classic divide and conquer piece of legislation.  It has strong grassroots support from those which are easily organized, college and college-bound immigrants.  We must consider the devastating effects that this legislation would cause for the rest of the youth. 
     
    The DREAM Act could remove the military option in order to be fairer.  Or, it could reintroduce the option to do 910 hours of community service.  That option was taken out of an older version of the DREAM Act.
     
    Attached is a flier, in English and Spanish and with a cartoon about the DREAM Act, that we will pass out today here in Chicago at the May Day March
     
    Brian Roa
     
     
     
     

    The DREAM Act: Whose dream? The Army or immigrant youth?

     

    The Dream Act is a piece of legislation that on the surface looks like an educational bill for the legalization of undocumented youth, but in fact it’s a tool to fill the ranks of the military with this same youth. The Dream Act says that if a young person graduates from a U.S. high school, then s/he can get on the path towards some type of legalization if: s/he gets a 2 year degree from college or goes for 2 years into the U.S. military (in reality a military contract is 4 years active). Let's analyze this idea.

     

    The overwhelming majority of undocumented people, approximately 70 %, are Latinos, of which over 7 million are Mexican and over 1 million are Central American out of approximately 12 million undocumented people in the U.S. The sad reality is that only about ¼ of latin@s have ever attended college and only 11%of Latin@s have a college degree. Since a two year degree is needed to fulfill the educational part of the Dream Act, it is likely that an overwhelming majority of undocumented youth will be pushed into the military in order to get a conditional green card. This bill does not address the educational needs of undocumented youth but it addresses the needs of the U.S. military, filling their ranks.

     

    The heavy militarization aspect of the Dream Act became clear when two important parts of the DREAM Act were removed. In an old version of the Dream Act 910 hours of community service was one of the options to fulfill the requirement for “legalization”. This option was taken away, as was the right to pay in-state tuition.  Because these two options are gone, more youth will see the military as their only option. 

     

    This is exactly what the government wants.  Senator Dick Durbin, pusher of the DREAM Act, has said: “The DREAM Act would address a very serious recruitment crisis that faces our military. Under the DREAM Act, tens of thousands of well-qualified potential recruits would become eligible for military service for the first time.”  The military needs more recruits.  The politicians’ solution is to draft the undocumented.  They lie and say they are helping them go to college.  However, the DREAM Act does nothing to significantly help youth go to college. 

     

    We cannot be willing to sacrifice the lives of so many youth for the benefit of so few. We should not support legislation that facilitates the recruitment of youth to go off to war, especially under the lie of help for college.

     

    Demand equal rights for all!  Stop the militarization of youth!

     


     

    El DREAM Act: ¿El sueño de quién? ¿Del ejército o de los jóvenes inmigrantes?

     

    El Dream Act es una propuesta de ley que por encima parece ser una propuesta educativa para la legalización de la juventud indocumentada. Pero en realidad es una herramienta para llenar las filas militares con esta juventud indocumentada. El Dream Act propone que la juventud indocumentada que se gradué de high school en E.U. tenga dos opciones para “legalizarse”: obtener un certificado de dos años de universidad o entrar al servicio militar por dos años (en realidad un contrato militar dura mínimo 4 años activo).  Analicemos esta idea.

     

    La gran mayoría de las personas indocumentadas son Latinas. Hay 12 millones de indocumentados, de los cuales 7 millones son mexicanos y más de un millón centroamericanos. Y la triste realidad es que solo ¼ de todos los latin@s ha ido a la universidad (college) alguna vez y sólo 11% de los Latin@s tiene un grado universitario (del college). Si tomamos esta data como base, nos podemos dar cuenta que para muchos jóvenes latin@s será difícil cumplir con el requisito educacional del Dream Act. Entonces la gran mayoría de l@s jóvenes se verá empujad@s a meterse a las fuerzas militares para obtener su residencia condicional. Esta legislación no atiende las necesidades educativas de la juventud indocumentada pero si se encarga de las necesidades del ejército, llenar sus cuotas de reclutamiento.       

     

    El gran aspecto de militarización del Dream Act se vio más claramente cuando dos partes importantes del Dream Act fueron removidas. En una versión vieja del Dream Act cumplir con 910 horas de servicio comunitario era una tercera posibilidad a través de la cual los jóvenes se podrían “legalizar”. Esta opción fue sacada del Dream Act. También sacaron la posibilidad para jóvenes indocumentados de pagar el costo de tu matricula como residente del estado (que es mucho mas barato). Como estas dos opciones ya no existen, mucha mas juventud verá a las fuerzas armadas como su única opción.

     

    Esto es exactamente lo que quiere el gobierno.  El Senador Dick Durbin apoya al DREAM Act, y a dicho: “El DREAM Act podría resolver una crisis muy seria de reclutamiento que tiene nuestro ejército.  Bajo el DREAM Act, miles y miles de reclutas potenciales con buenas calificaciones serian elegibles para el servicio militar por primera vez.”  El ejército necesita mas reclutas. La solución de l@s politic@s es reclutar a l@s jóvenes indocumentad@s. L@s politic@s mienten y dicen que están ayudando a l@s jóvenes ir al colegio.  Pero el DREAM Act realmente no ayuda a l@s jóvenes llegar al colegio. 

     

    No podemos estar dispuestos a sacrificar la vida de tant@s jóvenes para el beneficio de tan poc@s.  No debemos de apoyar a legislación que facilita el reclutamiento de jóvenes para irse a la guerra, especialmente bajo la mentira de ayuda al colegio.

     

    ¡Demanda a derechos plenos para tod@s!  ¡Alto a la militarización de la juventud!

     


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