Impact On Students
Will Dreamers face obstacles in their career paths?
October 17, 2016
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Elections for the presidency are happening now, and the race for The White House is leaving an impact on Paradise Valley High School students. PVHS students see it as a race that can determine the path they will take towards their dream careers.
With the legislation that has been provided for immigrant students, also known as the Dream Act, many students have been able to complete the courses in order to be able to achieve a successful career. The Dream Act is “a multi-phase process for undocumented immigrants that grants conditional residency in the United States upon meeting certain qualifications” (Center For American Progress).
“The applicant must be between the ages of 12-35, has entered the United States before they were 16 years old, must be living in the US for 5 years, and must have graduated from a United States High School, or obtained a GED”(dreamact.info). If the applicant meets the qualifications, they are granted the right to continue studying in the United States.
Now that there are new elections, the way these students are being supported is a point of concern. The Dream Act, established by President Barack Obama, might have changes to the support it provides.. Sophomore Gabriela Monterroza expresses her thoughts about the Dreamers saying, “I believe that the Dreamers have done all that they can to get to where they are now, and by taking the Dream Act away, it’s going to diminish their futures and all of their hopes.”
“If the Dream Act was to be taken away, it also takes away many people’s education. For all we know, those people could be the next to actually make a better future for all of us”, sophomore Ashley Lovett states.
In addition, students are asking whether the Dream Act impacts America in any way. An anonymous Dreamer at PVHS stated, “I’m not exactly sure what they are planning to do with the Dreamers, but my questions is… What will America gain from taking away immigrant students right to continue studying?”
“If it is taken away or not, it’s still scary to think about how you work so hard to achieve your biggest goal for your future because we have better opportunities here to continue studying to become someone in life, yet all that we are working for might be taken away from us and that’s just very unfair.” a dreamer at PVHS states. “Taking the Dream Act away from the students would seem like it would take us back to the years when opportunities were very hard to obtain. I just don’t see how that can be beneficial,” Allen Monegan, a staff member from PVHS said.The question whether or not the Dream Act will be removed still remains unanswered leaving Dreamer students unsure of the obstacles they will face as they take the next step toward their dream careers.