Like anything's stopping them in the first place? This seems like a logical solution to a big problem... a problem hurting us now, a problem that will hurt us in the future, especially in terms of economics.
I think it is a smart idea. Mass deportation would be fucking ridiculous, both in reason and in logistics. That should not even be an option because both parties know that this would never get approved in Congress and would just be a waste of time.
So we have two choices: let them stay as illegal immigrants (mind you, they were brought here as KIDS and not likely under their own will), or provide them a path to citizenship.
From a CNN article:
"Even then, only a six-year conditional status would be awarded, and before moving to the next phase, the students would need to meet additional requirements -- attending college or serving in the military for at least two years, and passing criminal background checks."
"Mass amnesty is not the only problem with the DREAM Act," said Smith, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee. "The bill allows illegal immigrants to receive in-state tuition at public universities, placing them ahead of U.S. citizens. The bill also is a magnet for fraud."
[side note: how does in-state tuition place them 'ahead' of U.S. citizens? It doesn't, U.S. citizens receive the same. He has a point about fraud though, but that has to do with oversight of the bill, not with the principles of actually introducing this bill.]
"It also points out that DREAM Act beneficiaries would not be eligible for federal grants, such as Pell Grants, to attend college. "Undocumented youth adjusting to lawful permanent resident status are only eligible for federal student loans which must be paid back, and federal work-study programs where they must work for any benefit they receive," according to the White House."
"No Pell Grant. I'd like to see you get through college without a Pell Grant. No government assistance ... no health care. Nothing. Nothing but your own faith and your own determination and your own work to get you through school. And nothing but your own work, your own determination to join the military."
"The Congressional Budget Office has said the measure would cut the federal deficit by $1.4 billion and increase government revenues by $2.3 billion over the next decade."
"Young people who do not fulfill the act's requirements will lose their legal status and would be subject to deportation, according to the White House fact sheet. DREAM Act applicants would be responsible for paying the processing fees associated with their applications, and would be subject to "rigorous criminal background checks and reviews."
I'd like to hear some counter-arguments, as well as other solutions anyone has.