Letters to the Editor

DREAM Act defeat panders to extremists

A recent letter to the editor supported defeat of the DREAM Act. This act would have provided a way toward citizenship for approximately 1 million children brought into the U.S. illegally by their parents.

Lack of citizenship places many restrictions on their lives. Many want to get a college education and contribute to the economy. The nonpartisian Congressional Budget Office predicted the DREAM Act would reduce the federal deficit by $2.2 billion over the next 10 years because of higher tax payments and contributions to Social Security that better-educated workers provide.

Those who say, "secure our borders first" show ignorance about immigration. There is no such thing as a totally secure border. Now, thousands of immigrants arrive here on airplanes from all over the world with legal visas, but they let their visas expire and thus become "illegal." How will this "border" be secured?

The 45 senators who killed the act cynically put politics before common sense and condemned these children to a lifetime of minimum wage and poverty. This vote was pandering to the extreme right wing, pure and simple. Republicans said that Democrats wanted to pass the act in order to obtain more Democratic voters. Democrats don't have to worry about obtaining more voters this way; by defeating the DREAM Act, the Republicans are doing the work for them.

Terry Gibson Lady's Island