My friend James Kimes makes many excellent points in his letter published Jan. 17 titled “Achieve the Dream.”
He springboards his comments from the Declaration of Independence to “form a more perfect union, establish justice, and ensure domestic tranquility.” We need to apply those same standards to the way we treat the Dreamers.
As you know, Dreamers are children of undocumented immigrants who are attempting to improve their lot in life by, in part, attending college. They were brought here as minors with no voice in the decision. They should not be punished for the sins of their fathers and mothers.
We constantly hear that undocumented immigrants are a drain on the U.S. economy but these are kids who are trying to go to college to earn degrees that will enable them to live a more comfortable life and to contribute to the country, the only one they know. Charging them as nonresidents of the state flies in the face of all we hold dear in this country. We tell children they can be whatever they want to be, but we deny these Dreamers the same opportunity. We readily accept them into the military to offer their lives for the country but go to school at a reasonable fee? No, that is not for them.
Time to live up to the standards our forefathers set for us and to the Christian standards we proclaim.
Mary Dahl Woodhouse