New DREAM for Illegal Immigrants

Democratic Senator Durbin of Illinois has added an amendment to the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act -DREAM – which would allow any illegal immigrant who arrived in America before the age of 16, graduated from high school and served in the military to be granted citizenship.

I can not oppose the DREAM act but have many misgivings that citizenship is being linked to service in the military. The real issue is why aren’t more Americans serving their nation so that all sectors of society bear equally the military needs of our nation. DREAM plays on the dreams of illegal immigrants for citizenship and thus avoids real issues of social equity.