President Obama orders a step forward towards the DREAMby David Pinar on Jun. 15, 2012, under Pol. & Govt.
Per the Associated Press:
The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The policy change, described to The Associated Press by two senior administration officials, will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants who have lived in fear of deportation. It also bypasses Congress and partially achieves the goals of the so-called DREAM Act, a long-sought but never enacted plan to establish a path toward citizenship for young people who came to the United States illegally but who have attended college or served in the military. Under the administration plan, illegal immigrants will be immune from deportation if they were brought to the United States before they turned 16 and are younger than 30, have been in the country for at least five continuous years, have no criminal history, graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED, or served in the military. They also can apply for a work permit that will be good for two years with no limits on how many times it can be renewed.
Thank you Mr. President for doing the right thing!
Yes, illegal is illegal, and our borders must be secure. But so many of these young men and women aspiring to be Americans are guilty of only doing what their parents told them to do, or “guilty” of being carried across the border in their parent’s arms. They have lived in America almost their entire lives, know only American culture and language, and know little or nothing about the land of their parents. And like every other American they have dreams and hopes and aspirations. Like Joaquin Luna Jr., pictured above. Joaquin was a was a shy, lanky young man who played guitar in church bands and helped care for his diabetic mother. He was born in Reynosa, Mexico, and came to the United States as an infant. He was not like most other teenagers in his rural neighborhood of run-down trailer homes. He drew the blueprints that were used to build his mother’s new house and spoke often of becoming either an architect or a civil engineer. He joked that he did not have time for a girlfriend, spending many weekends mowing lawns to pay for his electric guitar and lessons. At Benito Juarez-Abraham Lincoln High School, he was ranked 89th out of 467 students in the senior class. But Joaquin grew increasingly despondent over his status of living in the shadows, being a nobody. He was subject to being deported at a moment’s notice, he had no hope of going to college, working and living legally in his adopted country. On the last night of his life, the day after Thanksgiving 2011, Joaquin filled the pages of a spiral notebook with goodbyes. In brief letters to relatives, friends and teachers, he asked one of his brothers to take care of his nephews and his niece and told a friend he had left a memento for her in his Bible. One letter was different from the rest. It was addressed to Jesus Christ, and in it he asked for forgiveness, and wrote:
“Dear Jesus: I’ve realized that I have no chance in becoming a civil engineer the way I’ve always dreamed of here … so I’m planning on going to you and helping you construct the new temple in heaven.”
He then put a put a handgun underneath his chin and pulled the trigger.
Rest in Peace, Joaquin. I don’t share your religious belief, but I do think that somehow that you have manged to build one beautiful new temple. And may you not have died in vain.