The goal of Uprooted is to bring together many different voices speaking out about migration. On this blog we have posted several videos of the DREAMers, those brave and unflinching youth who are fighting to pass the one piece of legislation they feel comes anywhere close to granting them real reform. These young people are spear-heading the fight to gain rights for people without documents. They feel that the DREAM Act is the only viable bill that could possibly gain them some of these rights, and they argue that whatever its shortcomings, it is still worth fighting for. The DREAM Act would allow undocumented youth the possibility to gain papers by either going to college or joining the military. Supporters of the bill contend that even the military provision should not be a deal breaker, for shouldn’t undocumented students have all the same rights as others, even the right to join the military?
Yet we feel we can not ignore those voices that critique and criticize the DREAM Act as well. Not because they oppose the principals that everyone is entitled to an education or the security to know that they will not be uprooted from their home and separated from their families; but rather because they oppose the militaristic aspect of the bill. There are those who see the military section of the DREAM Act as a virtual draft of undocumented youth, a sort of blackmail to join the armed forces in exchange for papers. There are those activists who say, “We must champion the DREAMers movement — that is, a real DREAM Act without any militaristic strings attached.”
For the perusal of all those interested in this discussion we would like to recommend the following articles: