This editorial should have been one of joy and happy thoughts, but is not. There is too much pain and disappointment after the Dream Act vote that resulted in more broken dreams for the young people who had worked so hard, and once more were left empty handed.
Will they continue to fight for the dream? I certainly hope so and that is what they have stated. More and more people will rally around them and will continue to support them, even though for those close to 30 years of age it might be too late to qualify. The other aspect to take into consideration is what kind of struggle is going to take place and how far will it take them?
These young people have played by the rules. They have used all the viable channels. They have had orderly demonstrations, letter writing, e-mail directing, letters, interviews, walks, fasting in an organized effort to have the Dream Act approved. Nonetheless they were not heard. The answer was: “No,”
Therefore something must be wrong with the method, or maybe the goal?
For example, if a prayer has been lifted to this effect, does the answer have to be according to a specific plan? Or is there place for a different answer?
If we take someone who says: I want to be free to study what I want, not having to hide, and having the right to finances and opportunities like anyone else my age. Therefore, I want to study in this country and later be able to work and reside here.
Will the prayer be answered exactly as presented? Probably not.
I would encourage the Dreamers to think outside of the box. What if this country is not capable anymore of supporting the young people they have invested in, and condemns them to a third or fourth class status, always hiding and expecting to be heard some day.
What if the initial premise is inaccurate, and their expectations are supposed to be fulfilled elsewhere? Instead of appealing to the US government will there be another country or group of countries that would like to invest in them?
Since most of them are bilingual wouldn’t they have a better chance elsewhere? Among their advantages is the fact that they are bilingual, bicultural and have been able to navigate in a very advanced society. Could these qualities be appealing to foreign governments? Since the doors here have shut again, maybe all their supporters should encourage the international community to make an investment in these bright future in their own countries.
My intention in writing this is to encourage the Dreamers and supporters to give up the old way of doing things. If the entire system is collapsing, it is time to try new venues. I admire and respect the resilience, patience, and fortitude the Dreamers have shown. I know they are capable of much more, especially if they dare change the Dream and probably the course of history.
So there is no joy in this editorial, but it is full of hope and good wishes to all who dare dream and are ready to start again, a NEW DREAM, based on NEW thoughts and NEW GOALS.
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