For many, college is the ticket out of a bad situation. But for some students, college is not an option because of the costs.
Many times, it is undocumented children that do not get the chance to go.
The California Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act was passed over the summer and put into law by the governor. The DREAM Act is designed to provide undocumented teenagers graduating from high school access to grants and scholarships. This would allow for a large number of undocumented students the opportunity to go to college.
While many people have fought similar legislation, a similar number of people have commended the purpose of the legislation.
The DREAM Act is in essence a great piece of legislation. It is the first step in allowing undocumented children the right to better the lives without feeling too much of a financial burden to them or their families.
While the legislation does not go far enough as to offer citizenship or permanent residence, it is still a step in the right direction.
Angelica Reyes, senior at Granite offers similar views on the CA DREAM Act. "[The passing of the DREAM Act] is fabulous news because it will open so many doors for so many students who were looking for just that more hope in being able to get financial help in going to college."
Recently Texas and New Mexico adopted similar legislation, which should signify to the federal government that states whose leaders are from all points of the political spectrum want for all kids to have the equal chance to go to college and receive an education.
Their degrees could be used to better themselves, their family, and their community. This should be the hint that the United States wants a national version of these bills to pass and provide permanent residence to undocumented children.
This is the only way that can ensure an equal chance for all students to go to college and succeed. The grants and scholarships that would become available would help so many students. It is only practical to pass a national DREAM Act.
Above Photo: Students from different ethnic backgrounds represent the Dream Act.(Photo by Sheng Lor)