Posted on April 23, 2012



Republicans should like these hardworking youngsters who have a powerful attachment to America, upright habits and a thirst to join the military or enroll at State U.

But the potential beneficiaries of the Dream Act are getting no love from the GOP, and President Barack Obama has enacted the law by executive order.

Of course, with a change of administration the law will go by the boards.

The GOP objects to the Dream Act because it helps illegal immigrants. These youngsters are illegal immigrants who were born abroad and brought here as children by parents seeking a better life. These children had no say in the matter of heir birth or abiding by U.S. laws.

Many of these kids are as American as any other except in respect of place of birth. They speak English, play football and basketball, post photos on Facebook and know McDonald’s menu.

Some don’t realize they’re not U.S. citizens until they applied for a driver’s license or a Social Security card. At that point they discover they are subject to summary deportation to a country they may not remember.

The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (Dream) Act would mitigate their plight by offering them a deal. They would be free to go to college or enlist in the military. Those who do either for two years would be eligible for permanent legal status, allowing them to become citizens. Those who don’t would be obligated to leave.

This is one issue where President Obama and Mitt Romney differ. Romney flatly rejects the Dream Act.

Romney and company get no points on their position. Theirs is an America where dreams go to die.

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