Many of my friends are involved in trying to pass the DREAM Act, which would help provide a path to legal status for undocumented youth. I read this letter from someone who’s been very involved in that struggle and think it’s really worth sharing. It was written a while ago but is still relevant. Read the full letter.
Excerpt: “Democrats are vilifying and criminalizing our parents. A really insulting argument prominently used for passing the DREAM Act that I keep hearing over and over is that because undocumented students “didn’t choose to come to the U.S. to break the laws of this country” you shouldn’t have to pay for the “sins” or “illegal behavior” of your parents. Are they serious?!? It is not okay to allow legislation to pass that will stand on and disrespect the struggle, sacrifice and dignity of our parents. What about blaming U.S. led capitalist and imperialist policies as the reasons that create our “refugee” populations?”