The presidential election of 2012 is coming up and it looks like it is going to be between Democratic PresidentBarack Obama and Republican Candidate Mitt Romney.Both candidates have strong opinions when it comes to attacking the educational and immigration policies, which can affect students who have college debts or have an illegal status.
Mitt Romney & the DREAM Act:
Republican candidate Mitt Romney has said he believes that education should be a national priority for the country to not only succeed in the workforce but also get our economy back up.
Romney has said he does not support the Dream Act and would veto the law if he were elected because he feels that it is giving citizenship to students who entered the country illegally and would allow them to cut in line ahead of people who came to the country legally. Romney said he wants to “protect legal immigration and the 4.5 million who are waiting in line to enter the U.S. illegally by taking a strong stand against illegal immigration.” He has said that illegal immigration “must end” and that he has “a track record of advancing that goal.”
“That is almost complete protect legal immigration but against illegal immigration, what about those who are forced involuntarily and brought here by their parents at a young age,” senior Luis Garcia said. Not allowing the Dream Act to pass can affect undocumented students at APB because of their non-citizenship status; they will not have the opportunity to go to college. Luis said that although he agrees with Romney on some issues, he differs with the candidate on this one.
“The Dream Act has gone too far to be vetoed by some random guy who believes they know better than the majority,” Luis said. In a December 2010 Gallup Poll, 54 percent of Americans said they support the Dream Act. 42 percent opposed it. World History teacher Katherine Branley said she partially agree with some of Mitt Romney’s policies, but she is also against vetoing the Dream Act entirely.
“I’m in favor of making education a priority; they should spend more money on education,” Branley said. “But I believethere should be some changes to the Dream Act and not just do away with it entirely.”
Barack Obama & the DREAM Act:
On the other hand, President Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate who is running for re-election, has said he supports the Dream Act. “Our nation is enriched by talents and would benefit from the success of and their efforts,” Obama has said. “It is not only the right thing to do for talented young people who seek to serve a country they know as their own, it is the right thing for the United States of America.”
Which means that we should be able to keep the illegal college student because they have the potential to succeed and help serve the nataion