An Open Letter To Sen. Lisa Murkowski About The Dream Act
Dear Senator Murkowski,
I was happy to see Alaska in the forefront of leadership when you stepped up to the plate on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
“Now this is a gal who does what is right”, I thought to myself. I ask you to show that same leadership on the Dream Act.
Photo from Dream Army Facebook
I love the Dream Act for many reasons. Mostly, it is a law which speaks to what is just and moral in our country. For example, as a nation, we don’t hold children responsible for the wrongs of their parents. I have many friends who have no memory of crossing the border without inspection. They were brought here. I can’t fault them for that. Nor, could I ever punish get back at a parent for his wrong doings by taking it out on his kid.
The law encourages immigrants to buckle down and graduate from high school. If we can convince children of the value of education we will have created miracles. If the plan works and graduation rates rise maybe we should make all children undocumented! Not really. But what a success we will have on our hands, and then they go to college? Wow!
I can’t imagine anything as noble as giving your life for your country. That is what Dream activist Michael Nazario wants to do. What an example for a child who was not born here to set for all of us! Michael has also been active with Promise Arizona an organization teaching civic responsibility. The military needs immigrant youth!
The Dream Act will help stop the school-yard to prison-yard cycle faced by many minorities. It is an ugly cycle that starts with poverty and ignorance. We can help change that! But not at the cost of our youth. Dream students are barred from in-state tuition and health care!Continued on the next page