— Together We Can Make Dreams Come True — Sept. Synchroblog: Christianity And The Immigration Issue

As Christians we have a duty to care for and protect children. We are warned to be careful in our treatment of children and challenged to see them as whole persons created in the image of God.  And so, as we ponder the Immigration Issue, one thing we must consider is the way our laws and policies impact immigrant children.

She was brought to the US when she was only 3 years old, today she is 17, a gifted student with a 4.3 GPA who will graduate in the top 10% of her class in 2011 … but she can’t get a drivers license or a job or make college plans or join the military – she has no hope of her dreams coming true. She is an illegal immigrant through no fault of her own.

More than 3 million students graduate from high school in the U.S. each year.  Most have the opportunity to pursue their dreams, but there is a group of youth (more than 60,000) who are much less fortunate because they have inherited the label of illegal immigrant.  These young people have lived most of their lives in the United States, most have no connection or personal knowledge of another country, and are culturally American.  No matter how smart, well behaved and hard working this group of young people are, they are caught in a system that offers little or no way for them to legalize their status and pursue their dreams.  Even if they are accepted by one of the higher education institutions that accept illegal immigrants, they are faced with having to pay out of state tuition rates which usually end up being too costly since they do not qualify for any financial aid. The result is a higher rate of teens dropping out of school, a higher rate of teens involved in criminal activity and a higher rate of teen suicides.

The DREAM Act could change all of that if it was passed.

The Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act, also called the DREAM Act, would provide certain undocumented students, who were brought to the United States by their parents and have continuously resided in this country from a young age, conditional residency and a pathway to citizenship, provided they finish high school or earn a GED, and go on to college or the military.  Once they are proven to qualify for the program they are given 6 years to obtain a 2 year college degree or complete 2 years of military service.  Upon completion of one of these goals they will be given the opportunity to change their conditional permanent residency to U.S. Citizenship.

To find out more about the DREAM Act and how to support it go here.

Together we can make dreams come true.

This post is part of a Synchroblog, where a group of bloggers post on the same topic on the same day, so that people can surf from one to the other and get different views on the same basic topic. You will find links to the other synchroblog posts below.

Jonathan Brink – Immigration Synchroblog

Mike Victorino at Still A Night Owl – Being the Flag

Liz Dyer at Grace Rules – Together We Can Make Dreams Come True

Sonnie Swentson-Forbes at Hey Sonnie – Immigration Stories

Matt Stone at Glocal Christianity – Is Xenophobia Ever Christlike?

Kathy Escobar at the carnival in my head – it’s a lot easier to be against immigration when you have papers

Steve Hayes at Khanya – Christians and the Immigration Issue

Ellen Haroutunian – Give Me Your Tired

Bethany Stedman – Choosing Love Instead of Fear

Pete Houston at Peter’s Progress – Of Rape and Refuge and  Eyes Wide Shut

Joshua Seek – Loving Our Immigrant Brother

Amanda MacInnis at Cheese Wearing Theology – Christians and Immigration

Sonja Andrews at Calacirian – You’re Absolutely Right

Peter Walker – Synchroblog – Immigration Reform

Steven Calascione at Eirenikos – The Jealousy of Migration

George Elerick at The Love Revolution – We’re Not Kings or Gods

Beth Patterson at Virtual Tea House – What we resist not only persists but will eventually become our landlord

K. W. Leslie at The Evening of Kent – On American Immigration

Jeff Goins at Pilgrimage Of The Heart – When The Immigration Issue Gets Personal

Kathy Baldock at CanyonWalker Connections – My Visit To A Mosque, Now What?

29 thoughts on “— Together We Can Make Dreams Come True — Sept. Synchroblog: Christianity And The Immigration Issue

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  3. petersprogress

    I hope the DREAM Act becomes a reality. The American Dream, from outside the USA, has always seemed about giving people a fair shot at making something of themselves. The irony is not lost on us that many of the respectable families of America have immigrant roots, albeit from Ireland and Europe. But today’s immigrants are from non-European countries… Is there a hint of racial bias here among those resisting a fair shot at the American Dream?

    1. Liz Post author

      Thanks, Peter – I hope so too. You ask a good question about racial bias – I wouldn’t be surprised if that doesn’t play a role.

  4. Bethany

    I don’t know why, but for some reason I never thought about this situation before – it never crossed my mind that children who’s parents immigrated illegally would have their dreams and life opportunities so effected. And I’d never heard about the DREAM act before. Thank you so much for sharing this post and bringing DREAM to my attention. It sounds like it’s definitely something to look into and support.

    1. Liz Post author

      Bethany – I felt the same as you when I first heard about the DREAM Act. I never imagined that these youth were at such a disadvantage.

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