Undocumented Children Should Attend College

opinion Essay
2230 words
2230 words

As Americans, we believe that our great country is a land of milk and honey, of open windows and opportunities, and of rights and privileges. With that being said, we all strive to live the American Dream, with some if not most of us, leaving not only our mother country in the process but our comfort zone. The question to ask is, “Is everyone in this nation, legal or illegal, entitled to these blessings bestowed to us by this country?” After all, according to the Declaration of Independence, we as human beings are granted life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (US 1776). The better question to be presented and dare to be asked is, “Should illegal immigrants without documentation be allowed government funds for their higher education in college?” Without further ado, undocumented children deserve the right to go to college and should be given financial aid regardless of their citizenship standing.

First of all, we live in the days of a modernized and advancing world. That is to say that during this time we call the Information Age, almost every individual wants to attain higher intelligence or better skills to get a better job or land a reputable good career. Yet, many individuals argue the idea that it’s not that important. For instance, George Stephanopoulos writes in his article about US Presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who brings up a valid point that due to already possessing skills and having their own ideal dreams, “there are a lot of people in this country that have no desire or no aspiration to go to college” (“Rick Santorum: ‘A Lot’ of People in US Have No Desire for College”). In defense, college teaches many values that can shape an individual over the course of pursuing a degree,...

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In this essay, the author

  • Opines that americans believe that their great country is a land of milk and honey, of open windows and opportunities, and of rights and privileges.
  • Argues that college education is essential not because it guarantees success but because knowledge is a driving force in getting ahead in life.
  • Argues that america needs to cultivate more leaders because this generation is teeming with plenty.
  • Explains that the supreme court's decision in plyler v. doe in 1982 allowed illegal students to attend public schools.
  • Opines that the plyler v. doe ruling does not solve the problem of an illegal alien earning a potential high school diploma.
  • Analyzes how william perez's book, we are americans: undocumented students pursuing the american dream, lets the voice of illegal college graduate lucia shine through.
  • Opines that they were not asked to be brought here. they didn't choose to come here and felt like it was a punishment.
  • Explains that while public education is free, college tuition is not. imagine an american family struggling to provide basic necessities for their children, but with an illegal family in hiding.
  • Opines that with the development, relief and education for alien minors act passing, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel.
  • Explains that the dream act starts with the assumption that immigrants who came to the united states as children have grown up as americans and are innocent of any intentional immigration violations.
  • Explains the pros and cons of the dream act, stating that it would empower young people to become better-educated, higher-earning workers and taxpayers.
  • Analyzes the flaws associated with the dream act, arguing that the decree would apply to all aliens who came to the us prior to their 16th birthday.
  • Agrees with jost that the dream act would be a win-win situation for all. if illegal immigrants were able to find employment, they would help the us economically in the long run.
  • Opines that undocumented children should be funded by financial aid to pursue a degree in college.
  • Describes the works of sandy baum, stella m. flores, john raymond boatright, and william perez.
  • Cites jost, kenneth, and reincón, alejandra. undocumented immigrants and higher education.
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