I’d like to take a moment to respond to last week’s Letter to the Editor from College Republicans President Erik Jacobs. I think his response requires some fact checking.
First, in the Spring 2009, Temple College Democrats worked with Temple Student Government to pass a resolution in support of the DREAM Act, which stated the students of Temple were in support of this legislation. Like it or not, Mr. Jacobs, the student body does support the DREAM Act. I also remember being at that meeting, where I don’t remember Temple College Republicans, or any other students, speaking out against the TSG legislation. TSG has always held the doors wide open for student organizations to work on issues that they are passionate about–I suggest Temple College Republicans take the opportunity to do so.
I’d also like to clear up some of the misguided information Jacobs provided about the DREAM Act. While never directly stating so, it appears he would like our fellow Temple students to believe that non-citizens can move to the country illegally, fill out an application and come to colleges like Temple as in-state students.
This is not true. The DREAM Act allows students who were brought to this country as minors and lived here for at least five consecutive years the opportunity to obtain affordable higher education in America. These are our peers–people whose parents brought them into this country and who had no choice over their current residency status. It provides an easy path to citizenship for those students. They could be people we went to high school with, or maybe even met on the playground in kindergarten.
Temple’s mission statement reads: “Temple’s talented faculty and its broad curriculum of nearly 300 academic programs provide superior educational opportunities for academically talented and highly motivated students, without regard to their status or station in life.”
DREAM Act students did not have control over their current life situation, and I feel as though the DREAM Act fits perfectly into the university’s mission statement.
Just as Temple students rallied against Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget cuts in order to keep education affordable, the DREAM Act is another opportunity for Temple students to support our peers and friends in their quest for knowledge. This has always been what I’ve loved about Temple. We have a great sense of community, an impeccable moral compass and a need to help others succeed. I’m proud as a Temple Owl to support the DREAM Act and sincerely hope my classmates are with me. Everyone deserves to find their own acre of diamonds.
Temple College Democrats