Erik Jacobs recently wrote about The Temple News’ hyped-up support for the DREAM Act. As a foreign-born Latino, I’d like to chime in.
The DREAM Act and its proponents are out of control, clinging to their myopic vision of Utopia, while ignoring the reality of how the world actually functions.
What about my dream?
When my family moved here, legally, from El Salvador, we did so seeking stability, protection from lawlessness and terror. That was our dream. This is why most Latinos seek America. There is no crime in leaving ones native home for the safety of America. It shatters the heart to start life all over again–it is a tough, emotional circumstance to endure.
Many children, whose parents illegally entered, now might have to face that tough, emotional circumstance.
My family has always had respect for the law and its consequences. We faced the same, if not worse, desperation that drives persons to criminally enter America. My mom, when pregnant with me, had to lie on her side for days to not risk taking a bullet to the belly if she slept on her back. Like snakes, my family slithered around the floor of the house to avoid bullets.
Because of political instability, our household had limited food—sugar water and few tortillas for months.
I know extreme desperation, so when DREAM Act proponents call me a race traitor and bigot because I defend the American law that has protected my family for two decades, I am offended.
When U.S. citizens advocate for the DREAM Act, they disregard the importance of controlling illegal immigration, expecting amnesty every couple of decades, becoming part of the problem, not of its solution. This–their definition of compassion–only perpetuates the cycle of illegal entry and DREAM nightmares. Such irresponsible advocacy weakens the haven that America is for us the legal immigrants.
I don’t presume to know the solution to illegal immigration, but if we are genuinely concerned for the DREAMers, let’s assure that no more persons enter illegally, placing their children in horrible predicaments. Neither is law the culprit, nor its defenders.
America is the only country I have left, and I refuse to acquiesce to others’ emotional irrationality, forcing upon us the dangers from which immigrants originally fled.
Temple University Students for Intellectual Freedom