December 9th, 2010
06:45 PM ET

Path to citizenship for illegal aliens who came here as children?


From CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Looks like it may only be a dream after all.

Senate Democrats voted to pull the so-called "DREAM Act" from consideration today. They don't have enough votes to pass it.

DREAM is an acronym for "Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act" and would have offered a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

The measure passed the House yesterday, but unless the Senate acts, it will die with the lame-duck Congress.

The DREAM Act would apply to illegal aliens who came here when they were younger than 16, have lived in the U.S. for at least five years, received a high school diploma or G-E-D and shown "good moral character."

They would be given a six-year-conditional status before the next stage, where they would be required to go to college or serve in the military for at least two years and pass criminal background checks.

Those who don't fulfill these requirements would lose their legal status and could be deported.

Supporters say the measure offers legal standing to youngsters brought here who have bettered themselves and served our country. Critics say it's nothing more than backdoor amnesty for as many as two million illegal aliens.

They also say the bill allows illegal aliens to get in-state tuition at public universities and is a "magnet for fraud."

Here's my question to you: Should illegal aliens who came here as children be given a path to citizenship?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Shane in Boston writes:
Sure, I have no problem with that. Just make sure it's the same path that my grandmother and grandfather took through the front door (see: Ellis Island) and not through some window a vote-pandering politician left open.

Reggie writes:
That's the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. This will encourage more illegal immigrants to come to America and then it starts all over again. I am sorry I do not have any sympathy for the children of illegal immigrants because the parents knew what they were doing was wrong and therefore the whole family should be sent back.

Jane in California writes:
Of course they should. For many, this is the only country they have ever known. Some have younger siblings that have been American citizens since birth. They have grown up with American values. This is their home. They are just like everyone else who has been raised here, except their citizenship. They should have an opportunity to become officially American.

Ken in New Jersey writes:
No, they should be sent back on the path to Mexico. What's the difference if they came here as children or adults? Laws are made to be complied with, no exceptions. Enough is enough. They take your job, they get free health care in hospitals, they get a free education at taxpayer expense. And, we are all supposed to welcome them with open arms because employers are too cheap to hire Americans, and rich people are too lazy to cut their own lawn?

Dee in Ohio writes:
The children who were brought here illegally by their illegal alien parents should have the opportunity to achieve citizenship. It is clearly not their fault that they are here. Little kids did NOT cross the desert by themselves to get here. They did not contract with some smuggler to bring them here. They deserve a chance.

Mike writes:
Jack, I really do feel sorry for the kids who are literally stuck in the middle of all of this. But let's not forget the basic point: they are here illegally. The sign on Lady Liberty needs be updated to: "Sorry, No Vacancy."

Filed under: Immigration
soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Rick, Medina, OH


    This is 'cut and dry.' One is either pregnant ... or not ... legal or not. This is just another attempt to create a new status that appeals to our sympathies. If we buy into it, in another generation, we'll simply have to deal with it again. If only we put as much energy into securing the borders as we do in creating acronyms.

    Rick, Medina, OH

    December 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  2. armine trent

    This so called dream act is not worth the american people times My problem is that what about the citiizens of the poor and students that want to got to college how do they get their two years of schooling something is wrong with this picture

    December 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  3. ma in phoenix

    Yes they should be allowed to become US citizens.We are asking these "children" to either join the armed forces or attend college in return for citizenship and that helps our country. We have native born citizens who don't do either but are interested only in complaining about their slipping standard of living and level of education relative to other countries. It's time everyone pulls their own weight and pulls together as Americans for the greater public good. Enough of the talk now let's have some positive actions and results in rebuilding our economy and country now,Jack.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  4. Ben from Boston


    I think they should be granted a path to limbo, by which I mean they should be given the right to reside and work in the U.S. but have to go to the end of the line (of legal immigrants) to get citizenship. In the mean time they would not have to worry about deportation.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  5. honest John in Vermont

    Honestly Jack, don't we have enough to worry about in taking care of our own legal Americans. Why do we need to keep trying to make illegals suddenly "legal" ? Seems there are more important and urgent matters to pay attention to right now.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  6. kristeane

    I belive this is a good solid idea, people don t want illegals here but I choose to say that children are innocent, If these people that have been here since they were 15 years old and younger, have grown up here, how can we be so cruel to send them to a country they know nothing about anymore as far as i am concerned they ARE americans and just lack documents, I say go for it.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  7. Michael Roepke - Dallas

    The argument seems to be that if one comes here illegally there should be no mercy. But we should consider, a 6 year old or even a 12 year old may be undocumented but they have done nothing illegal.

    Perhaps our friend Gov. Huckabee might remind his party of the words of Jesus "Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me"

    December 9, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  8. Gail, Plano TX

    Yes! When will this country stop hating anyone who is different and in the spirit of charity, think beyond their limited, prejudiced mind's? Please do not call this a Christian nation!

    December 9, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  9. Robby Bowling

    No way, stop the illegals from crossing into the country first. This is the only way Democrats can get partisan votes. This is just more govt. propaganda.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  10. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Yes, let them apply for citizenship like they should have when they came here, I have no problem with a green card unit they are granted full citizenship.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  11. mike

    Jack, I really do feel sorry for the kids who literally stuck in the middle of all of this but lets not forget the basic point here, they are here illegally, the sign on Lady Liberty needs be updated.."Sorry No Vacancy."

    December 9, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  12. Arlene, Illinois

    Looks like we won't be getting our grass cut or our tables
    cleaned in the resturants any more.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  13. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Jack, I see one way for this to work: join the military and serve four years. After that they could be sworn in as citizens. The problem of course would be that without being a US citizen there would only be limited jobs they could quality for without a proper security clearance.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  14. NM in TX


    Should is not a reason in Washington. We should: cut military spending,increase taxes to near Eisenhower era levels, have health care for all citizens at same level congress gives itself, tax corporations, repeal the corporation as a person idea, publicly fund all elections, make bribing politicians (contributions) illegal, increase social security and military pay and pensions, get sane about internal security build high speed rail service, stop polluting our planet and get on with clean sustainable energy sources giving jobs back to Americans.

    The fact that we should insures that we will not.

    So much for the logic and common sense of " s h o u l d ".

    December 9, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  15. becky - Las Vegas

    Define "good" for "good moral character", Jack ? Who would?

    December 9, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  16. Bradley, Portland, OR

    No. It's a "think of the children" foot in the door for a more widespread amnesty for illegal aliens.

    Just because they managed to avoid deportation long enough to go to American schools on the taxpayers' dime doesn't give them any claim to US citizenship or any other benefits or consideration.

    Illegal aliens need to be deported to their home countries as soon as they are found.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  17. Gina, Pomona, Ca

    Absolutely not! Why should in-state tuition be given to these kids for college? Both my daughters were born & raised here and so were my husband and myself and so were our parents. We are hispanic-americans. My oldest girl just began university and although she received some grant money and student aid we still had to pay more money towards her tuition. All that extra money can go to my oldest & youngest daughters who were born & raised here. They worked hard enough to deserve it. I'm not a hater or anything. I just want what I believe rightfully belongs to my children.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  18. Zoe, Ithaca, NY

    A resounding yes. These kids did not chose to come to the US as illegal aliens. They should not be paying for the sins of their parents. The six-year conditional status will ensure that they contribute to building America rather than become a burden.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  19. Tim in Texas

    The way that the republicans are acting – I don't know why they would want to be in this country. Forcing tax cuts for the wealthy while cutting off benefits for the unemployed, refusing to allow gays who are fighting for this country to serve openly, and preventing kids from getting an education or serving our country from becoming citizens? What is wrong with Republicans? Do they just hate us all?

    December 9, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  20. Conor in Chicago

    No Jack. Let's just deport everybody, make Spanish illegal, and start paying $7 for a head of lettuce. People need to get a grip on the reality of this issue instead of what their emotions dictate.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  21. Eric from Colorado

    It is not the responsibility of our nation to allow citizens from another country who came here illegally to gain citizenship. If you went to Mexico and tried to own land. You would not be able to. In this country even if we find out a person is illegal, we don't deport them, why because business want sthe cheap labor to prevent a rise in wages.
    No one is following the immigration laws, which fine businesses 2000 dollars per illegal. With over 10 million in this country, The debt would be gone!!

    December 9, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  22. Paul Austin,Texas

    Yes as children they had no say if they wanted to go to the U.S. or not. Now the United States is all they know. I think we all need to read the Statue of Liberty statement I do not remember it saying anything near the end except people we do not like or came here without consideration of thier free will or you can live here until we decide we do not want you here.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  23. sue rattray

    Of course they should. What harm is this act doing?

    December 9, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  24. nana

    this dream act is nothing more then backdoor amenesty, nothing more then payback to la familia, la raza and the other pro illegal organizations. I wish someone would just name one other country in the world that rolls over like we do for the illegals..I have a suggestion, when this country adopts the same imigration law as Mexico, then we will consider the dream act

    December 9, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  25. terry wilhite

    No other country on this earth will support illegal aliens. why shoulc we?

    December 9, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  26. Mike Frett

    They are here, they are not going anywhere. Instead of allowing them to drain our resources, why not give them a path to citizenship so they can contribute?.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  27. Araba

    This could change so many lives, so many teenagers who have done everything right. They have gone to school graduated highschool contributed to communitys, but because they were not born here but came to America very young they are not able to have a future. These people are Americans, these people know no other home. So why not give them a chances to make a life for themselves?

    December 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  28. Craig, FL

    Yes they should be allowed. They came here no fault of their own, this is the only country they have known, and most importantly, I PAID TO EDUCATE THEM. I want a return on my investment, and if they are of good morale character and WILLING to serve in the Military, then more power to them. If they are willing to die for a country that doesn't want them, think they might actually love their country.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  29. Aaron Mitchell

    NO WAY!

    I'm so sorry that your parents made this mistake for you but now it is your turn to follow the law and return to your country of origin. Just think, now that you have an American grade school education you will most likely be a several steps ahead when you return home!

    December 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  30. Randy

    They already have a pathway they just need to be educated on how to use it.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  31. James

    I feel like most people I have conflicted feelings. These young people are not to blame for their situation but as President Kennedy said in 1961.
    " There cannot be an American solution to every world problem ".

    December 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  32. John

    Plain and Simple!!!! NO!!!!

    December 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  33. Ellie

    Many of these young adults know no homeland other than America. Since when do we prosecute minor children for the crimes of their parents?

    December 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  34. Geraldine Richardson

    what part of illegal don't the democrates understand. If the people are here illegal, deport them.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  35. Barbara Dover

    NO!. This is amnesty, rewarding the parents of these children for sneaking into this country in defiance of our laws, and bringing more illegal aliens by the millions.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  36. Veronica Hartman, Tampa FL

    Even calling this "back door amnesty" is a euphemism for rewarding illegal behavior.

    Let these folks APPLY for citizenship like all immigrants from other countries who have been naturalized in this country for years.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  37. Bill

    no jack, its been said many times many ways...illegal IS illegal

    December 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  38. I-Rate

    Amnesty sucks, but this is only for the 'good' kids, who have somehow managed to keep out of trouble and complete schooling.
    We'll have to find another way to deal with illegals who come here with criminal intent & bad actors. But the Dream Act is overdue.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  39. George Smith

    No way – their parents knew they were breaking thew law when they brought them here. It is their parents responsibility to set them on the right path and support them – not mine! We do not need more magnets for illegals to come here. Start making e-verify mandatory for all businesses and secure the border. What's wrong with our so-called leaders – Lets put our leaders on Social Security and Medicare and get rid of their elitist retirement packages and see how they think then when they are like us mere peons. (pun intended)

    December 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  40. Bill Johnson

    I completely disagree with the DREAM Act. Everyone should have to go through the same process to become a legal citizen, that means people from Mexicio as well as other countries. No exceptions!

    Bill Johnson
    Keizer, Oregon

    December 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  41. remi thibodeau

    Yes, they should not be held hostage nor are they responsible in any way for their immigration status. However, any system that allows a path to citizenship should be a fool proof as possible.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  42. Bob Griffith Jr

    Charleston, WV

    Yes I think they should have a path to citizenship. Why should they be held to the decision of the parents? Military service or a college education insures their dedication as required of any immigrant and shows dedication to the United States.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  43. Chris

    I do not believe that they should be allowed to have full legal citizenship in america if they came here illegally they should have to go through the same process every other alien that wishes to come here.. if you werent born here you dont belong here and thats FINAL!!!

    December 9, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  44. Robert Gardner

    Yes Jack,
    Then let's pack up all the young American kids who are legitimate citizens and trade them to all those countries where the illegal aliens come from. This is simply ridiculous!!!

    December 9, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  45. Eileen

    I believe that it is very short sighted to not pass the Dream Act. Our country needs the talent and enthusiasm of these young people who are caught in an impossible situation through no fault of their own. What happened to "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free"? Is this not what our country is about?

    December 9, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  46. Sharon Schmitz

    Yes, I believe the Dream Act should be passed and young people brought to the U.S. by their parents should be given an opportunity to stay here and go to college or serve in the military.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  47. Steve D

    When you reward people for breaking the law you have no laws.


    December 9, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  48. Bruce, CA.

    Hi Jack:

    Sorry – NOPE!!!
    These 'children' grow up...
    It's sad they have become 'prawns' in their parents illegalities... ...but, in all honesty – let their parents take them back to their countries & apply legally.



    December 9, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  49. Allen

    Absolutely they should be given a path to citizenship. They arrived here without any say in the matter, and many have lived here all their lives. They are educated, motivated, and want to make contributions to the only country and society they have ever known. Maybe the Republicans who want to claim these young people are criminals should also be held responsible for the sins of their parents.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:21 pm |

    NO, NO, NO, there are not enough tax dollars now to take care of the starving, not enough jobs for current citizens, why in the world would we reward illegal activity at everyones expense – It isn't good for the country it is just a way for Dems to gain voters and voter support.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  51. Jim Hal

    Of course, as someone who went to a predominantly Hispanic school there were a good amount of children who had a future as doctors or lawyers in America. Also there will be less money spent deporting people who seek a future in America and more money gained from taxes.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  52. Mitch from Tulare CA.

    no, illegal means illegal. go to the back of the line and apply for citizenship.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  53. ishmael

    I believe anybody who wants to fight for our country , or help our country should stay.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  54. Allen

    Absolutely they should be given a path to citizenship. They arrived here without any say in the matter, and many have lived here all their lives. They are educated, motivated, and want to make contributions to the only country and society they have ever known. Maybe the Republicans who want to claim these young people are criminals should also be held responsible for the sins of their parents.

    Little Rock, AR

    December 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  55. Elliott B

    Well educated, law abiding citizens are just what this country needs, no matter their birthplace. Give these great additions to the USA a shot!

    December 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  56. Tommy

    definition of illegal – forbidden by law; unlawful; illicit

    December 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  57. JIM California

    Their parents broke the law bvy entering the country illegally. They all should be deported. If I committed a crime, I wouldn't be given Amnesty.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  58. Joye Davis

    No, No, No! It's just another handout which costs Americans.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  59. Dee Marquardt


    It's disgraceful.......the Dream Act should be endorsed by every politician on the Hill. It is wrong to expell young peope from the only country they have ever known.

    Dee in Austin TX

    December 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  60. Laurel

    We have people who might die for our country and there are those that turn up their noses at them being citizens? How sad is that?

    December 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  61. Robert Gardner

    Let's us Americans pack our bags and move to the moon...we've been there already...right?

    December 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  62. John Barklage

    I would be in favor of a path to citizenship for anyone who successfully served in the military for 4 years. Then they could become a citizen and attend college under the GI bill if they want. Anyone who fights for this country and is prepared to die for it should be able to become a citizen.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  63. liberal dave

    This tax bill does nothing for seniors as I see it the social security 4.2% is only holding out your contribution to social security that has serious problems already the president should listen to the democratic side of the congress.and figt for a better plan or just get out of the way and resign from office If he cannot live up to his campaign promisses.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  64. Alex Landi

    I support the Dream Act for Americans. It goes like this.
    No more back-door amnesties for illegal immigrants, no matter how young they are. Our borders and laws are respected, and the government does its job, like it promised long ago, and ends the illegal immigrant problem and sends them home. I dream of a sovereign America in which we get to decide who comes here, for what reason, and in what numbers.
    Anybody care about my dream?

    December 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  65. Kim NY

    seems to me the only people who really suffer here are the American People. The government can get away with ANYTHING, illegals come and take our jobs and get handouts. We make ONE WRONG move and it's the slammer, slammed, slamming! We know the rules, they know the rules. The rules are the rules.
    For government, the america people AND Mexicans.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  66. robert oakley

    How in the world can anyone oppose this at the conceptual level. And the provisions seem both tough and fair for qualifying. Backdoor Amnesty? How can you grant amnesty to someone who wasn't in a position to decide to break the law. These young people are being punished for their parents actions. I know parents are responsible for their kids but since when are children responsible for their parents. I don't think we have anybody in Washington that can make good decisions anymore. This matches the compromise tax package the Democrats want to reject. Why can't good people do what's right or is that a bad assumption I'm making about our leader's. This should not be a political issue. It makes America better!

    December 9, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  67. Pete

    The Dream Act is advertised as rewarding the best, the brightest or the most conscientious, it’s really about low radar amnesty for 2 million. If it wasn’t there would be language that REQURES enforcement when the conditions are not met. Current language like “they could be deported” instead of “they will deported” if they do not meet the standards. This is about giving people a start but not requiring them to finish.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  68. Mary Rivers

    Heck no. There's no jobs for American as it is. They take jobs from american. I know this for a fact. I just retired from a company that hire nothing but worker from out of the country. They work the heck out of them for less pay and don't have to worry about back talk. They will not hire americans because americans will not tolerate what these people will.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  69. Carty B

    Absolutely. These children, many who probably had no choice in coming, have had the opportunity to benefit from the great things this country provides. Why not let them give back to the country by using the talents they have developed right here in the USA. I have served in the military with many non-us citizens who's dedication to out nation is just as strong as it's citizens an who's desire is to become an American. We can only be a better nation by allowing this path to citizenship.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  70. Ronald Ross

    Absolutely they should be allowed to stay. As Fareed Zakaria points out in The Post American World, we need young immigrants if we are going to continue to compete in the world of ideas, science, inventions, etc. Anglo Saxon US citizens are no longer replacing themselves. Our only hope is to embrace young (hungry) immigrants who are genuinely looking for a better life. In addition, automatic green cards should be handed to every foreign recipient of a Ph. D., rather than sending them back home.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  71. George F, Southgate, Michigan

    No Jack,
    It doesn't matter how illegal aliens came to this country.
    The key here is they are here illegally.
    Legal immigration is the answer,
    Amnesty of ANY kind is unacceptable!

    December 9, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  72. Dr. Bob Wicks

    Jack, where is the concern for children of LEGAL citizens? It reeks of politics when children of illegals are deposited in this country and awarded so many things that the average child of LEGAL citizens have to work for and very diligently strain themselves to achieve. Of course, those who are handed "something for nothing" will ultimately vote for the party who bestowed the perks. PHEW !!!!

    December 9, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  73. Leticia

    I am a college student and I fully support the DREAM ACT just like the entire Senate should. These students would only better the country while opening doors for themselves. The conditions that need to be met are perfect, only allowing those that would be in good standing as well as continue to work for greatness. It should have been passed a long time ago!

    December 9, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  74. J. B. Fletcher

    Mr. Cafferty: What is it about the word "illegal" you do not understand? Yes, the thoughts and ideals regarding the DREAM Act are righteous, does that mean it is correct? Allowing the children of illegal immigrants would just open the door to others

    December 9, 2010 at 6:35 pm |

    Meeting and getting to know just one of the young people who need this Dream Act to happen is all it took for me to understand the gravity of the situation. Otherwise, what future do they have? It seems mean-spirited and cruel for this to not pass the Senate.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  76. Sara

    No. As an American citizen, I don't think the U.S. Senate will pass this law. It is not fair for the children of American citizens who born in this country. If they want to go to college, they need to pay their tuition, not the US government. I am paying a lot of taxes every month, and I am not paying taxes to send illegal inmigrant to have free tuition, when my own children can not go to college because there is no money for my children to go to have an education, but we can give or pay free education to these illegal people. No sir, they need to go back to their country any time. We already are paying for their education in public schools when this children register in elementary and secondary education. Thank you.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  77. peter simonetti

    Who thinks up these phony "conditions" for citizenship? Two years in "college" OR two years in the military. After OR you could put anything you want that sounds patriotic. Why not "a Congressional Medal of Honor". The two years in "college" just means more free or highly subsidized education on top of what they already received while illegal. Drop the OR and make it just two tours in combat and see how many supporters of this bill disappear.

    Las Vegas, NV

    December 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  78. Jay Weller

    It is difficult to understand the intolerance and intransigence of the members of Congress who have succeeded in defeating this bill. It is of course, the right thing to do and it grieves me, day in and day out, to see the inability of Congress to be able to empathize with those who would benefit from the DREAM ACT.

    Wanaque, NJ

    December 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  79. Helen N.

    The second word of your question says it all. ILLEGAL. No, they should not get any privileges as they are here ILLEGALLY. Send them back to the country where they do have citizenship. From there, they can petition to come to the United States and may enter our country LEGALLY.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  80. Sam from TN

    We cannot punish those who are here through no fault of their own so we have to have the Dream Act. But we need to close the door like we should have done so in the first place.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  81. Vivian Rogers

    This bill is a back door amnesty for illegals. If these kids were brought here by illegal parents, I think both the parents and their children should be deported. Tax payers are tired of paying for them.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  82. Dylan Bryant

    Absolutely Jack,
    The notion that this is "Backroom Amnesty" is simply ridiculous. To be granted amnesty one must commit a crime, and to be taken across the border illegaly at the will of your parents is not a crime for which you should be given fault. Being a high school freshman in forensics I recently did a case in which the topic was, in normal terms '"Should drug offenders be sent to rehabilitation or prison?". The answer for your question is quite the same for the answer to my debate topic. People who commit victimless crimes (in this case not even under their own will) should be given the oppurtunity to become productive members of society, not sentenced to unfair treatment.

    Bakersfield, California

    December 9, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  83. Jeanette

    NO NO NO!!! Well their parents broke the law and we are not going to reward their bad behavior with citizenship. When you do wrong there are consequences and so OOPS HERE IT IS!!! NO CITIZENSHIP FOR YOU!! The bible says that in these latter days evil men shall wax worse and worse and people would call evil good and good evil!! Many of illegals pray to God but God does not and will not answer their selfish prayers. I'm sick of hearing about their families being torn apart, when people that are in prison break the law, they don't get to see their families. A lie is a lie, wrong is wrong so all of you ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT SUPPORTERS stop trying to minimize your evil!! NO CITIZENSHIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 9, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  84. Robert Rogers

    No more of this "amnesty" charade! No how ... no way ... no time! Our country bought this Trojan Horse once before at the behest of President Reagan. As the doubters predicted, that mistake became a horrible fiasco for our nation as the "one time only" error unleashed a torrent of undocumented invaders who have milked our taxpayers dry through free health care, free education, free food stamps and free retirement pensions while taking jobs with payment schemes which rarely include tax withholding.

    Hard working, middle class tax payers are very, very tired of being the hosts for these parasites who are here illegally!

    Whether there are 11 million illegal immigrants or 20 million or 30 million, as some believe, they need to leave the USA, and apply for immigration just like our immigration laws require of those who come here legally and are welcomed!

    No amnesty for illegal invaders .... no how .... no way .... no time!

    December 9, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  85. bob

    The Dream act should be a NO vote. This is just another amnesty program.


    December 9, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  86. Langston

    The DREAM Act is a wonderful idea. It will send a message to our youth that there is an emerging competitive future for them. In turn, this Act will promt parents to abolish what is destroying our youth: video games.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  87. Kathleen

    Trying to force the DREAM Act on American's is a travesty in so many levels . . . to name a few:
    o countless unemployed American citizens, who have paid into our system their whole lives not able to find work.
    o most American's paying higher college tuition costs then illegal immigrants who are offered in-state tuition and other concessions.
    This should not be allowed and illegal immigrants should be deported and work to become an American citizen legally.
    Memphis, Tennessee

    December 9, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  88. Al Nye

    With almost10% unemployment, it is wrong to give amnesty and jobs to people who broke our laws. The border must be fully secured and unemployment go down before even a limited legalization is considered. Pandering to lawbreakers with amnesty is unpopular, even with many Latino-Americans. That is one reason Democrats lost the election!

    December 9, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  89. Mary

    Look into the eyes of one of these young people as I do everyday and maybe you will understand why they fight so hard to be heard. All they want is a fair chance to succeed. They did not make the decision to come here, their parents did. They have gone through school and succeeded in ways that will benefit this country, yet they are denied jobs, drivers licenses, health care, and the ability to have a successful life. They are human beings, not illegal aliens, who love their families and work hard just to survive. They are not taking anyone's jobs, nor or they getting free rides to college or citizenship for that matter. When did we become such a hate filled country that we can not give a young person a chance at a decent life?

    December 9, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  90. Duncan

    In answer to your question : Should illegal aliens who come to the United States as children be given a path to citizenship , my answer is NO. There is a path to citizenship . The parents of these children chose to ignore the correct path, and entered the United States illegally . As to the " requirements " these " children " would have to meet : who would enforce them? There are not enough ICE agents to enforce the laws now on the books, never mind the additional laws the DREAM Act would bring into play. The United States ,as a nation needs to stop being a final stop for criminals . All would be immigrants that enter the U S A illegally are by definition criminals . We can no longer afford to turn the other cheek as regarding illegals. Legal Americans need the jobs, the medical treatment and education these people are now receiving at great cost to the economy. Duncan

    December 9, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  91. Mike in Denver

    The DREAM act represents what government should be doing – providing a hand up and not a hand-out. Through education and/or military service, these young adults will better themselves and strengthen our country. Invest in their future and we will all reap the benefits.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  92. Julie C

    I support the DREAM Act. The fact of the matter is that these kids (many of whom are now adults) aren't the ones who broke U.S. laws – their parents did. Unfortunately, they're stuck in this impossible situation. I think it will be better for America to let them seek higher education, serve in the military, pay taxes, etc. It's not like they're going anywhere. They're going to do their best to stay here and the government doesn't have the resources to deport millions of them back. Why not let them contribute? I'd rather that then having an aging population of aimless, uneducated, unskilled, uninsured people that are bound to stress this nation even more.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  93. explainer

    Washington (D.C.) has botched this so badly that the only practical solution is unsatisfactory, but necessary. Illegals should be sent home. People who hire Illegals should be penalized. People who aid Illegals should be punished. Should... should.... should... long ago. That they were not and are not is a matter to be resolved. However, innocents deserve humane treatment.

    Las Cruces, NM

    December 9, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  94. Ezra Amacher, Saint Louis

    If America is supposed to symbolize freedom, of course they should. The United States should embrace the fact that people from other countries want to move here in hope of a better life. My great-grand mother came on a ship, alone, when she was only twelve years old in hopes of changing her life for the better. Fortunately, she was allowed into the country and escaped Europe long before the Holocaust.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  95. gunny

    Jack so a family breaks into your home while you're at work! They decided that you're responsible for their needs? They decide that their kids are yours, what do you do?

    December 9, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  96. Bill, Waterloo,ny

    Jack if these law makers think its back door aminesty, maybe they should reinstate the draft , and their kids could go to war, maybe its a better idea to pay all their medical bills , and already paid for their primary education. lets send them all back, if we can find them all. maybe when the dems get done stopping everything else in this lame duck, time of deals we'll pay some more money that we won't have because they have to stop the rich from paying more tax, and stiff the middle class in the process. the funny part is the dems and the repubs are the rich who are they trying to kid , this is a big joke

    December 9, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  97. David Wall

    Like I said before, not no but HELL NO. it has been tried before, and only resulted in more crime and border crashers. We have been here before, twice, but the current administration wants more voters.
    Now we have a war happening on our southern border and the administration doesn't care. Arizona tried to solve their problem, only to be sued by their own governmant, who will not help.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  98. erin in Vancouver B.C.

    Should the sins of the father be visited upon the children?

    December 9, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  99. Ezra Amacher, Saint Louis

    America not allowing Mexicans to move to our country and gain citizenship was like when the US didn't allow to Jews to enter America and escape almost certain death in Europe.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  100. Peter Gowdy

    Of course they should be granted citizenship, especially under this bill, which is fairly demanding. The Repos will object of course, as it will reduce the available illegal immigrants who would otherwise clean the Repos' pools for a dollar an hour.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  101. Dominic

    Yes. We are a country made of immigrants and good children should not be punished for their parents poor choices. Why wouldn't we want to give citizenship to young adults who are contributing positively, law abiding, tax paying, and have great pontential to increase America's strength.

    Detroit, MI

    December 9, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  102. Angelo Bonhomme

    No, they should not simply because as critics say it is a "magnet for fraud." Plus can we really afford to fund the tuition of 2 million people who came here illegally in this economy? I

    December 9, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  103. Katherine McGraw

    Why should anyone who has broken a law by being here illegally, perhaps purchased fake documents, taken a job they are not allowed, used every social service available at taxpayer expense be given a sweet deal when American citizens and legal immigrants get crushed?

    And, although no fault of their own that they are here, they and their entire criminal families should be sent back. There are young people facing a more horrifying future than going back to their home country in this world.

    They are not our responsibility! They are the responsibility of the country their parents owe allegiance to - and it sure ain't the U.S.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  104. Tom Dees

    I am a registered demacrat. I am leaving the party and burning my card.
    The Demacratic party has sold out the nation to Mexico. They have lost their minds. I am sick of Nancy Pelosi and I have lost my patience.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  105. Ellie from New Jersey

    Our government has ignored enforcement of our immigration laws for years, resulting in the mess we now have to endure - a mess that risks our security and sucks up a tremendous amount of our resources. The DREAM Act does not fix the problem, and we have no assurance that our so-called leaders will take the steps to enforce our laws and fix the problem if it is passed. They should have a plan and a commitment to end runaway ILLEGAL immigraiton that starts with immigration law enforcement, providing essential resources to secure the border (including the fence and patrols), punishing those employing illegals, deporting those here illegally, and then considering what we do regarding a path to citizenship for those who have shown the potential and commitment to be productive citizens. The DREAM Act as it now stands does not fix the problem and is nothing more than backdoor amensty and a payoff for political support for those proposing it.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  106. John Bowman

    By growing up here they have been exposed to the hate America La Raza reconquista movement, they would make worse "Americans" than illegal aliens who arrived as adults.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  107. Jerry Ohio

    It is sad to see the hatred towards these kids. If the person can prove they graduated from an American high school and is willing to go to serve in the military or go to college why not. We should definitely give them a chance.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:53 pm |

    America is just a country. I say we let everyone who plans to have a job into this country just because they are human and deserve to have a good life.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:54 pm |