Why I Oppose the DREAM Act
Jun 29, 2011 at 11:36 AM
The DREAM Act is back in the news today as some have accused the Obama Administration of not executing current immigration policy in favor of the still-pending DREAM Act. For those unfamiliar, the DREAM Act is a proposal that would give illegal immigrants, who came to the United States as children, a chance at legal status if they complete two years of college or military service.
While I am all for providing a path to citizenship and ultimately open border style immigration laws, I do not support this proposal and it is my belief that all liberty-minded people should oppose it as well.
If we look past the question of whether or not illegal immigrants should have a path to citizenship, we can see that this proposal is simply another attempt at government led social engineering. Why make the requirement two years of college or military service? Because it is government's belief that attending college or joining the military molds "better" citizens.
Once upon a time (around the drafting of the Constitution), it was thought that government should not determine what makes a better citizen. Better vs. worse was determined by society, culture, religion, etc. and all these institutions had their own way of dealing with it. For example, if you show up for a job interview with a major corporation in a t-shirt and jeans, chances are you're not getting the job. Why? Because our society deems that type of attire inappropriate in that situation.
That was once upon a time however. Fast forward to today. Today government tells us what is better vs. worse. In our government schools we are told to go to college, whether or not our skills cater to a career that requires a college education. Our tax code encourages us to marry, have children and own a home. And, of course, many of our "worst" personal choices are deemed illegal.
Some may ask, what is the difference? Why does it matter if government teaches us better vs. worse as opposed to society? The difference is government has the power to initiate force on those who do not fit their definition of better. If you stay single and rent your whole life you'll end up paying a lot more in taxes than you would if you got married and bought a home. And what if you make a personal choice that is illegal, say owning a gun without a license? Well, you'll end up behind bars.
The DREAM Act is not the path to citizenship for illegal immigrants we liberty-minded people should embrace. It is another attempt by government to mold its citizenry and define better vs. worse.