DACA and Dream Act, Hope Rekindled
On November 6th, the Dreams of thousands of students in Maryland were given wings. Along with Deferred Action, the Dream Act opened the door to an affordable, higher education. Incredible, would probably be the word to describe this accomplishment. Only a few months before, Dreamers were still being put in maximum security jail cells and treated as if they had committed a crime by wanting to pursue a higher education.
However, much has yet to be seen. With the new influx of workers coming in through DACA, who will provide them with jobs? Most importantly, how can we help them reach their full potential and plug them into different resources such as internships, jobs, fellowships etc. Needless to say, with this economy, finding a job will be difficult for many of them; however, we are now able to fully explore the potential of class valedictorians, star-athletes, and other students by seeing how they compete in the work force. Most importantly, we have opened the door for them to reach toward their goals, and benefit their country. Likewise, we have closed the door to crime, violence, and shattered dreams.
The question then lies in whether they will face obstacles applying to these new jobs or gaining access to these universities. Will their applications be looked down at Universities because of their 'Dreamer' status or will their resumes be looked down upon when applying for a job? In the months to come, many instances will occur where DACA and Dream Act will have to prove whether an anti-discriminatory bill will be necessary to protect these students.
Regardless, it's a new beggining for many of these students and there is no better present than DACA and the Maryland Dream Act for them this Christmas. Let us hope for the best in the months to come and may thousands of these students take advantage of the new blessings in their lives.