Dream Act questions

Dear Editor:In "DREAM Act Returns After Reintroduction by Roybal-Allard" (The Downey Patriot, 5/12/11), Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard states "our broken immigration system wastes our investments in 'gifted' undocumented students and squanders their intellectual gifts." How long has she been in the House of Representatives? In all these years I've heard nothing she has suggested to fix the "broken immigration system." Neither have Presidents Clinton or Bush - and President Obama hasn't done anything to really fix it; neither have most in Congress. They all want the Hispanic vote. Please don't feed us these ridiculous statements that the Dream Act will fix it. Has Roybal-Allard given us a figure on how much money we will have to print or borrow from China to pay for the college education of thousands of illegals? Granted this status isn't their fault. It's the fault of Congress for doing nothing to stop illegal immigration. We've already paid for their education through high school, now she's asking we not only pay their college education, but reward them with citizenship, which legal immigrants have had to go through a lot to get. What subjects would be required and how many remedial courses would they have to take, as most in junior college now must take? Are they all "gifted intellectually" and college material? Would they go to junior college or a major university - Yale, Harvard, etc? What grade average would they be required to maintain? What if they drop out? Now to President Obama - I heard his ridiculous speech at El Paso. I guess it was a fair campaign speech, but maybe you or he can explain why the Dream Act did not pass when the Democrats had the House, the Senate and the presidency. Perhaps there are several who are disingenuous in D.C. and think we, the public, are too dumb to remember that. One doesn't need a college education to figure out that votes are the only thing important to politicians. So don't blame President Bush or the Republicans. -- Elsa Van Leuven, Downey

********** Published: May 19, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 5