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  Eduardo Penaloza   Instructor: Malcolm Campbell   English 1102   October 31, 2013   Si se puede! Education for all   Imagine this  you're a senior graduating this year and you are ranked 50 in a large class, you're captain of the school’s varsity soccer team, you made decent score on the SAT/ACT and you're  getting college letters from schools such as Chapel Hill, Duke, UCLA, USC but because of your legal status in the United States, you can’t attend these  schools . All your hard work shattered in an instant. In the United States hundreds of Hispanics have a similar story as the one I just told.  Not only does their legal status limit the m on going to college, but also they can’t join the military. In many cases the Hispanics that do find a way to attend a college or a university in the United States have to pay out-of-state tuition, which is always the double of in-state tuition regardless of their natives of that particular state. However, since Obama has been in charge, there have been multiple attempts in trying to pass bills/policies to prevent deportations of these illegals. Hispanics alone in this country have the largest number of dropouts. Ever since the year of 2000 Hispanics have increased their enrollment to universities and colleges all over the country. In fact, they have the third minority graduation rate percentage with the highest  percentage only behind Asians and Africans Americans.   According to an interview I did with Austen Land, Coordinator at the Latino Student Service at UNCC, Land says that ―the either the Dream Act or the Deferred Action will not only benefit the Latino community but also as the United States as a who le.‖ He believes that with more educated  people in the United States it will increase the United States socially, economically and the well-   being of the country. Land learned his information of the Dream and Deferred action from the  NPR, news, colleagues, and friends.   DREAM ACT   The history of the dream act dates back to the year of 2001. It was first introduced by senators Orrin Hatch and Richard Dubin. The term of Dream is actually an acronym that stands for Development Relief, and Education for Alien Minors. The Dream act was trying to promote help ― for those individuals who meet certain requirements, have an opportunity to enlist in the military or go to college and have a path to citizenship―. The DREAM Act was brought up multiple times in the senate but it was rejected. The last time it was brought up it only failed 55 to 41. The argument against the bill was that with these ―illegals‖ they would take over the US and would also take our job opportunities as many of them would take our jobs. With the Dream Act what will it do to the United States? Not only will it increase the United States’ economy by creating more jobs, but also because the tax revenue each year it is expected by year 2030 it would have made up to 4.6 billion dollars. It is also expected to create up to1.4 million dollars in  just 17 years. I Listed Below would be the requirements for the Dream Act for qualified indivduals.   Requirements of DREAM ACT:   1.   ―Must have entered the United States before the age of 16 (i.e. 15 and younger) 2.   Must have been present in the United States for at least five (5) consecutive years  prior to enactment of the bill 3.   Must have graduated from a United States high school, or have obtained a GED, or have  been accepted into an institution of higher education (i.e. college/university) 4.   Must be between the ages of 12 and 35 at the time of application  5.   Must have good moral character‖ (Dreamact.info)   Personal Story   Juan Gomez came to the United States from Colombia in 1990, when he was 2.   Juan is an academic star. At Killian Senior High School in Miami, he earned close to two years of college credit with high scores on 13 Advanced Placement exams. He scored a 1410 out of 1600 on the SAT, and he finished in the top 20 of his class. His economics teacher nicknamed him ―President Gomez‖ and said he is ―one of the best students ever to graduate from Killian.‖   In 2007, during Juan’s senior year in high school, he was placed in deportation proceedings. What happened next was American democracy at work. Scott Elfenbein was the student body  president at Juan’s high school. He was also Juan’s best friend. Scott started a Facebook page devoted to stopping Juan’s deportation. On the Facebook page, he wrote, ―We need your help in saving Juan from being sent to Colombia  –    a country he doesn’t even remember. For those of you who know Juan, he is the smartest and most dedicated kid you ever met. He deserves more than to just be deported. Many of us owe him. I know he helped everyone one way or another in sch ool. It’s the least we can do for him.‖   Within one week, over 2000 people joined Juan’s Facebook page. Then, Juan’s friends came to Capitol Hill to lobby on his behalf. They persuaded Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and then  Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) to in troduce a bill to stop Juan’s deportation. Rep. Diaz Balart is a Republican and he is a lead cosponsor of the DREAM Act in the House of Representatives. Former Senator Chris Dodd is a Democrat. This isn’t a partisan issue. Republicans and Democrats should agree that it is wrong to punish children for the choices their parents make.   After his deportation was stayed, Juan was admitted to Georgetown University on a full scholarship. Juan is going to graduate from Georgetown in May. He has been offered a job at a top financial services firm in New York City.   The DREAM Act would give Juan, and thousands like him, a chance to contribute their skills to the country they love.   Deferred Action   To stop undocumented deportation, President Obama released a new policy called the Deferred Action. What the deferred action gave was ―Individuals who have deferred action status can apply for employment authorization and are in the U.S. under color of law. However, there is no direct path from deferred action to lawful permanent residence or to citizenship and it can be revoked at any time ‖ (Immigration equality). Similar to the Dream Act, the Deferred Action will  boast up the United States economy. Like any other policy there are certain requirements that the applicant must meet. Since the year it inaugurated, many applications have been sent to the United States I Citizenship and Immigration services. Listed below are the requirements for it. Even though you may meet the requirements information from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services tell us that there certain things that may provoke you from getting the Deffered Action. They look at your school recordsand criminal records to make sure the person who they approve is the correct indivudual.   Requirements for the Deferred Action 1.   ―Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;  
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