Support the Dream Act

Last week, the University of Minnesota hosted a large group of Latino high school students. These students had the opportunity to shadow current University students and see what college classes are like. However, for many of these students, college may not be an option. It concerns me that Minnesota high school students who were brought here as undocumented children many years ago still have to pay out-of-state tuition rates to attend college in Minnesota, even though many have lived here for most of their lives. ThatâÄôs why I support the Dream Act âÄî a viable solution to this problem. The act would grant undocumented students that demonstrate good moral character a conditional status for six years in which they have to obtain either a two- or four-year degree or enlist in the military. After this period, the immigrants would be able to apply for citizenship. This seems like a no-brainer. However, it continues to face obstacles in Congress. ItâÄôs time they put their bipartisan feelings aside and allow these students the ability to succeed. Andrew Dahm University student