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Innocent suffer as Dream Act failsPosted Saturday, December 18, 2010, at 4:52 PM
Once again, the innocent suffer.
The Senate refused to pass the Dream Act, which would have allowed children of illegal aliens to become citizens by serving in the military or attending college.
The affected are described well by the Associated Press:
"Those brought to the United States as children, who in many cases consider themselves American, speak English and have no ties to or family living in their native countries."
I imagine that number includes quite a few former and current Bedford County students, who have had thousands of American taxpayers' dollars spent on educating them. Individuals here through no fault of their own.
I'd like to see some comments from those who are and have taught and/or attended class locally with some of those young people.
Unfortunately, once again predjudice and politics trump what's right.
Several senators were quoted as saying they felt passing the act would have cause floods of illegals and their families to pour in. Simply making the bill a one-time deal prevents that.
I'm in favor of deporting illegal aliens who made the decision to come here on their own as adults. But there's a big difference between them and individuals who were brought here by their parents as children and know no other country.
Many young people across America got a symbolic kick in the teeth. They deserve better.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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