Title

The Dream Act: What’s the Problem?

Presenter Information

Jessica Serrano

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

Reform, HOPE, Opportunity

Abstract

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”–Emma Lazarus. Immigration has been the primary source of growth for the Unites States of America. It was discovered by foreigners and the subsequent immigrants that inhibited this newly discovered land were the people who shaped the country that we live in. But many of today’s immigrants are not welcomed as in the past. One problem that can be solved is that of making the promise of Lazarus’ words engraved on The Statue of Liberty real for the undocumented children of immigrants who are being denied equal access to education. The Dream Act is the solution, but it can’t seem to make through Congress. The poster deals with the inability of Congress to pass the Dream Act year after year due to anti-immigration attitudes and overall immigration politics and policy. It utilizes a SWOT analysis that relies heavily upon Washington State’s newly passed H.O.P.E Act to lay out the strengths, weaknesses, and long term opportunities as well as the near future threats of variations on the legislation.

Poster Number

5

Faculty Mentor(s)

Wirth, Rex

Additional Mentoring Department

Political Science

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May 15th, 11:30 AM May 15th, 2:00 PM

The Dream Act: What’s the Problem?

SURC Ballroom C/D

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”–Emma Lazarus. Immigration has been the primary source of growth for the Unites States of America. It was discovered by foreigners and the subsequent immigrants that inhibited this newly discovered land were the people who shaped the country that we live in. But many of today’s immigrants are not welcomed as in the past. One problem that can be solved is that of making the promise of Lazarus’ words engraved on The Statue of Liberty real for the undocumented children of immigrants who are being denied equal access to education. The Dream Act is the solution, but it can’t seem to make through Congress. The poster deals with the inability of Congress to pass the Dream Act year after year due to anti-immigration attitudes and overall immigration politics and policy. It utilizes a SWOT analysis that relies heavily upon Washington State’s newly passed H.O.P.E Act to lay out the strengths, weaknesses, and long term opportunities as well as the near future threats of variations on the legislation.