Ruben Rosario of the Pioneer Press makes a good point in considering what Congress would waste if it rejected the DREAM Act, a bill that would grant eventual citizenship to certain college students who reside in the United States illegally:
So, essentially, we invest up to 12 years educating these young men and women, and then we cut off the ones with the most potential. Does that make sense?
Unless we deport them all, these youths will remain here, living in a shadow world and economy not of their own choosing. They are part of our future, whether we like it or not.
He also quotes similar reasoning by Bill Blazar, senior vice president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, whose arguments have appeared in MPR’s coverage as well.
Rosario and others say this next round in Congress could be the DREAM Act’s best hope for passage.