With Arizona in turmoil and illegal immigrants creating a larger presence in the United States every day, the term “Immigration Reform” is being used more often by Republicans and Democrats alike. But what really is Immigration Reform?
President Obama during his campaign stressed that one of the things he would do in office is immigration reform. The first step towards that reform was to create the DREAM ACT. Part of the DREAM ACT is the earning of permanent residency for those here illegally who complete a couple of years of college or serve in the military.
That means that any illegal immigrant can elect to join the army and serve for “x” number of years. After which he or she will automatically be granted Permanent Residency in the United States. Once granted Permanent Residency, that individual will be afforded all the rights that go along with permanent residency (or as the common people call it, a Green Card). A permanent resident has the right to petition their family to come to the United States. That includes wives, husbands, children, and parents.
The Dream Act has already been through Congress once and failed, however it is being revised and being pushed through again. Should the Dream Act pass, however, this will open the door for Immigrants all over the United States to finally have a chance at living a normal life here in the United States. After all this country was founded by immigrants fleeing their own persecution; as it says on the Statute of Liberty: “Give us your poor, your tired, your huddled masses longing to be free…”