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From readers, thoughts on the Dream Act

A poster on the wall of the UCLA Downtown Labor Center by McArthur Park, where about two dozen student activists are calling legislators and awaiting a vote on the bill, December 8, 2010
A poster on the wall of the UCLA Downtown Labor Center by McArthur Park, where about two dozen student activists are calling legislators and awaiting a vote on the bill, December 8, 2010 Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

The upcoming Dream Act vote has generated by far the most reader comments in Multi-American's young history. Some readers have argued back and forth with one another on the proposed legislation. Others have simply posted their thoughts, in some cases hinting at their own personal stories. Here are a few comments, unedited.

Among the most impassioned is one that came in today at 3:21 a.m. from Stefanieromero17, who posted this:

All we want is an opportunity to become someone in this world. You have to also realize that many young Americans waist their life’s at a young age. They start doing drugs, young girls get pregnant and many other things. All we are asking for is Americas help. we aren’t saying that you or America owe us something. We do not take your jobs. We do the jobs that many many Americans refuse to do. I’m pretty sure you or most Americans will not work the fields and all we are asking for is to do better than our parents. Me like many other immigrants came here at a young age. To us this is our country we would do anything to get the opportunity to go to college and become someone. If it ever comes to it we would give our life’s to this country in a heart beat. Well this is all i have to say.

Not all of those posting comments favor the bill, which would grand conditional legal status to undocumented youths who attend college or enlist in the military.

A reader calling himself Anonymous posted the following a few days ago:

This is a ridiculous proposal given the number of AMERICANS that are jobless and the fact that these people are not abiding by the laws of this land. They have received, at the least, free education and undoubtedly more like free health care not to mentioned all the services like roads, police, fire, etc. they use without paying for them. Now they are demanding yet another free ride! Were does it end. Do we really want these kinds of people to become citizens?

As you can see, it will NEVER pass as the majority of AMERICANS are against it. It goes against everything America stands for and the principles that we have built this country on.

The illegal aliens and their children can not understand this because there altitude is that American owes them something. What they fail to realize is we own them NOTHING!


A comment from Cgabriela29 was perhaps the most personal:
the dream act will only benefit all americans. I am a graduate electrical engineering student. i dont know what i will do after i graduate. i want to help my country. yes the usa is my country now. but a simple paper wont allow me to give back all the good things i have recieved fro here.

Both the House and Senate are expected to vote on the measure today.
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