We all empathize and love the DREAMERS. Their hopes and dreams have been put through the ringer off late. No child, and we mean no child, documented or not, should suffer such a categorization as the documented, undocumented, legal, or illegal. Today's innocent children are our future leaders, they are the torch bearers of things to come.
The DREAM Act is indeed a welcome step in ensuring that these children have a real shot at the American dream, a real shot at building a better future for all of us. Unfortunately, the DREAM Act, a legislation that has become the epitome of inclusiveness, is not really that inclusive. It misses out on including the children who were brought here on Dependent (H4) visas by their parents. These are their stories!
"Despite all of my achievements, I have been caught in a huge tornado, known as the 'backlog', to receive a Permanent Residency in this country."
- Gainesville, VA
"I want to use the opportunities that I have been given to become an expert at NASA, and give back to my country -- the United States -- which I call my home."
- New Albany, OH
"We are also a part of the future of this country, and I am confident that if I am free from the worry of residence status in this country, I can continue to focus on my studies and apply the skills I learned to the growth and betterment of American society."
- San Diego, CA
"I have spent last six years studying here, and I aspire to become an engineer and build huge buildings."
- Centerton, AR
“A lot of my friends from high school and college, who are citizens, have been able to make use of all the opportunities which I am unable to get hold of.”
- Charlotte, NC
“I want to be a doctor and serve the people here.”
- Bentonville, AZ
"This country is great and awesome. I have started 5th grade recently and I don’t know any other country than USA."
- Cary, NC
“This situation might force me to change my career path and my dreams. Another possibility is that I might need to leave the country and restart my life.”
- Dallas, TX
"I came to America when I was 8 months old and have lived here ever since. I am born in India and consider myself partly an American with all the years I have lived here."
- 5th Grade
“I also take rigorous courses like AP and honors as a way to reach my goal of becoming a doctor and reduce my financial burden for college. But, my visa became a huge obstacle for my goal.”
- Jacksonville, FL
"I have achieved all A's and many outstanding awards. I have studied hard for one reason: neurosurgeon. This is one of my main dreams. Even though I worked hard until now, and keep on working, it will not help me to make my dream come true. Why? You might ask, well, it is because I am a temporary resident."
- Jacksonville, FL
“My visa status has been very limiting to me in the past and continues to present an issue today as well.”
"I have spent most of my life in the US (since I was two), I have got familiar with the place, education, lifestyle and I plan to stay here to go to a good school, have a great education and have a good job."
“The United States of America is said to be the land of equality and opportunity. This bill will give us an equal chance to make something great out of our lives. We have the initiative. We only need the opportunity.”
"And while all my classmates and friends are worried about next week's Unit Test, I am worried about my whole future. Even though I am born in India I have worked just as hard and maybe even harder than all of my friends and yet I still don’t get the same privileges as them!"
- Leander, TX
“I find myself aligned to the culture and beliefs of the Americans. And, just the thought of being forced to leave is very frightening. My story is similar to many children's stories who were born in a backlogged country like India and have been living in United States for many years legally.”
- Aldie, VA
"While I am enjoying my childhood and going through education here, I recently learned about this GC backlog issue which may totally change my dreams, education and future stay in America. This is scary as I am nearing college education and 21 years."
“The primary concerns here involve children being put at a disadvantage as they go through life in this country. From the ability to work on part-time job to help family to working at a medical lab to having the very future of our college and American life threatened at twenty one when we must hope to get the proper visa to continue on with living here. We are disadvantaged in many ways and discouraged from pursuing our own American Dream.”
- Normal, IL
"I feel this country as my home and contribute to it in my future, and that's my dream. But I am so worried that my dream might get shattered because of my 'Age Out' problem."
“If I don't get the Green Card before I turn 21, I am told that I cannot be dependent on my parents anymore. I will have to go through the entire process on my own. This kind of uncertainty makes me nervous.”
- Aurora, CO
"Even though my parents' immigration petition is approved, I am not an American Citizen. I have lived in this country for 11 years, and cannot even think of being anywhere but here! My future is at stake, and so are millions of other families."
“Medical schools and the medial field are immensely demanding in terms of the experiences they require for admission. Having research experiences at prestigious facilities, internships, and work experiences will greatly increase the chance of acceptance. However, with my status, I cannot join the workforce, apply to prestigious medical programs (7-year direct), apply to a large portion of medical schools and early assurance programs, achieve scholarships or federal aid or obtain paid-research opportunities. I have no substantial way of proving my worth and capability of attending American medical schools and this has induced an ample amount of stress and hopelessness.”