I sympathize completely with the difficult situation the DREAM Act kids are in: Through no fault of their own, they find themselves as illegal immigrants in this country in spite of the fact that for the most part, they have been law-abiding members of our society and played by the rest of the rules. However, what I do not sympathize with is their bullying tactics and the insolent sense of entitlement displayed by some of the most vocal among them. They are not politely asking for help, they are demanding to be rewarded. Naturally, this will not win anyone over to their cause. In fact, it pushes people away who would normally be inclined to help them.
DREAMers are pushing their luck
(CNN) — I know just what a lot of those so-called DREAMers deserve to get for Christmas: a scolding. There are good and bad actors in every movement, and the bad ones — if not kept in check — can drag the good ones down with them.
The term DREAMers refers to the estimated 1.4 million to 2 million young illegal immigrants who might have gotten some relief if the DREAM Act, which offered legal status in return for attending college or joining the military, hadn’t been torpedoed in the Senate in December 2010.
Having declared their intention to better themselves, some in the DREAMer movement now insist that they’re entitled to better treatment than run-of-the-mill illegal immigrants. You know, like the hardworking and humble folks who cut your lawn, clean your house or care for your kids. In fact, the DREAMers seem to suggest they’re due a reward for good behavior.
At times, these young people act like spoiled brats. They don caps and gowns and disrupt committee hearings and occupy the offices of members of Congress. They dare police to arrest them, and then act surprised when it happens. They’re not realistic, or respectful. They don’t ask. They demand.
While they probably don’t realize it, their public tantrums are turning people against them and hurting the chances for a broader immigration reform package. And if they set back that cause, heaven help them. They’ll sink the progress for a group of people who have given more, worked harder and made greater sacrifices — people like their undocumented parents. You know, the people who brought them to this country in the first place for a better life, and then fed them, clothed them and sheltered them. These are the folks who told the DREAMers they were special, long before that became the official position of the immigration reform movement.
That doesn’t sit well with a lot of Americans — especially U.S.-born Latinos who were raised to believe that, in this life, you get what you earn. According to polls, some 80% of them support the DREAM Act. But, for a while now, I’ve detected some discomfort with the DREAMers, particularly their tone and tactics.
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