Illinois Passes Dream Act

 

Illinois became the second state in a week to pass Dream Act legislation, signaling a decidedly different approach to immigration reform coming from some states.

Under the Illinois Dream Act, the state will create a committee to establish private grants for undocumented students who attended at least three years of high school in Illinois and also received their diplomas.  Gov. Pat Quinn framed the issue as one of access and the fundamental idea that self-empowerment and the ability to improve oneself can be achieved through higher education.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was once viewed as an obstacle to the Obama administration taking up immigration reform, put his weight beyond the bill and praised the state’s immigrants as a “driving force in our city’s cultural and economic life.”

It’s great to see elected officials finally stand up and recognize the role immigration and immigrants play in our cultural and economic worlds, and it is even better to see an offering of partnership with those communities.  And it is especially nice to hear these stories in the wake of so many other stories of “papers please” ALEC-sponsored legislation

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65 comments

William C
William C8 months ago

Thanks.

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W. C
W. C8 months ago

Thank you.

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Sarah M.
Sarah M6 years ago

Yay! Awesome!

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Hege Torset
Hege Torset6 years ago

Thanks

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Asha Berry
Asha Berry6 years ago

I understand that immigrants should enter a country legally but what people fail to realize is what conditions these immigrants are in in the country they are coming from. This is the reason why so many immigrants come to our country and I feel that we should be compassionate enough to work with them to become full citizens then shunning them and forcing them to go back to their dire conditions in their own country. For a country that has been built on immigration and was established with illegal immigrants coming and taking over(u think pilgrims had to apply for citizenship?) I think we should be more open minded. This is a step in the right direction.

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Wayne W.
Wayne W6 years ago

Most illegals do in fact have jobs.

As this study explains,

One way to describe what happens in regard to welfare is to recognize that most immigrants come to America to work, and most find jobs. However, many of those who have children earn very low wages because of their education levels. As a result, many immigrants with children qualify for welfare programs, primarily food assistance and Medicaid.
http://www.cis.org/immigrant-welfare-use-2011
Education is the way out of that trap.

At tax time, illegal immigrants are paying too
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24054024/ns/business-personal_finance/t/tax-time-illegal-immigrants-are-paying-too/
The tax system collects its due, even from a class of workers with little likelihood of claiming a refund and no hope of drawing a Social Security check. One rough estimate puts the amount of Social Security taxes alone at around $9 billion per year.

"The real question is how many of them pay more than they owe. There are undoubtedly hundreds of thousands of people in that situation,"
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24054024/ns/business-personal_finance/t/tax-time-illegal-immigrants-are-paying-too/

Farm workers: Take our jobs, please!
http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/07/news/economy/farm_worker_jobs/index.htm
www.takeourjobs.org

Since June 24, at least 4,000 people have responded to the application, said Rodriguez. Some are serious responses and others are hate mail. "Only a few dozen have really followed through with the

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Wayne W.
Wayne W6 years ago

"Aliens 'doing jobs that Americans won't do' is a load of crap."
Crops Rotting In Georgia Since Illegal Alien Farm Workers Fled State
http://znmoment.amplify.com/2011/06/28/crops-rotting-in-georgia-since-illegal-alien-farm-workers-fled-state/

Have you seen this? Kochs are working to re-institute segregation by attacking successful public school systems. I imagine we'll be seeing this all over the country now.
Why do the Koch brothers want to end public education?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mbJhjCbwo8&feature=youtu.be
Koch's supported Tea Party candidates in NC who had pledged to segregate schools.

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Elizabeth K.
Elizabeth K6 years ago

Lady K.

No, the key word is education. The republicans have defunded schools and education programs, and are actively participating in the dumbing of the US.

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Terry King
Terry King6 years ago

Nyack C.
As always, I have great respect for your ideas and I agree that no child should be deprived of anything. They are welcome to all the rights and services provided by their country of origin.

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Anagha Rajeev
Anagha Rajeev6 years ago

Great Article

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