DeGioia lauds DREAM Act on local radio station

Earlier this month, University President John DeGioia appeared on WAMU to support the passage of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act.

“[The act] literally has been a dream since first introduced almost a decade ago. Before this session of Congress ends, basic fairness says it is time for this dream to become reality,” he said on the NPR-affiliated radio station.

Last Wednesday, the DREAM Act was approved by the House of Representatives. If passed by the Senate, the DREAM Act, which is sponsored by Senator Richard Durbin (SFS ’66, LAW ’69) will create a path to legal residency for those who came to the United States as undocumented immigrants under the age of 16. To earn residency, DeGioia added, these immigrants must meet “specific, high standards of excellence,” such as earning a high school diploma and attending college or entering the military.

“At Georgetown, students who meet the DREAM Act criteria are campus leaders and role models for their generation,” he said. “They are pursuing challenging majors, are actively engaged in campus organization, and regularly participate in community service.”

Last April, DeGioia wrote a letter [PDF] to congressional alumni to voice his support for the DREAM Act. According to the letter, he took a “particular interest” in the legislation after learning about Juan Gomez (MSB ’11), a student whose fight for residency was featured in the Washington Post Magazine in February 2009.

h/t Office of Federal Relations

27 Comments on “DeGioia lauds DREAM Act on local radio station

  1. Dream Act “Catch 22″ trap and Amnesty

    The most obvious question to ask, if the Dream Act passes in the Senate next week, are the parents still liable for excludability from the United States? If the parents are illegal by definition, can these people be deported? Let’s face it the students might get special relief under The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, but that doesn’t mean the parents are free and clear? Those who enter without inspection have committed a federal crime Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, and ICE are charged to knock on the door with an arrest warrant, once they know the abode of the student’s family? These scholars are the perfect GPS to zero-in on all the rest of the family under one roof. How is greasy Senator Harry Reid of Nevada and his hard Core liberal progressives going to slip this “Catch 22″ around the Immigration and Customs Service? Yet the Lib-Democrats are insisting this in not any kind of Amnesty?

    If the Senate has some sleazy amendment that states the parents cannot be deported, then this is simply another—AMNESTY–that is being slipped past the American people. Learn the facts, not lies, propaganda spread by the Left Wing Press at NumbersUSA. The Pew Hispanic Center, has estimated a total of 2.15 million persons who might qualify for the DREAM Act. Then simply estimate that if both parents entered America illegally, a projection can assume 5 million blood relation illegal aliens are in the student’s home, who can be charged with unlawful entry and taken into custody?

    In addition–any Student–come to that, any illegal alien can join the military in time of conflict. One does not need the Dream Act to be recruited into the armed forces, using 8 USC § 1440, these illegal aliens can become naturalized citizens through expedited processing, often obtaining U.S. citizenship within half a year?

  2. According to the letter, he took a “particular interest” in the legislation after learning about Juan Gomez (MSB ’11), a student whose fight for residency was featured in the Washington Post Magazine in February 2009.

    Of course DeGioia would learn about one of his own students not from, you know, talking to them on campus, but from reading the Washington Post.

    That is presumably where he learned about the Harbin DMT lab, since he never bothered to make any statements about it.

  3. Dey took ar jobs!

    Yeeeaaahhhh, dey took ar jobs!

    Duh ook r jubs!

    Durka jurba!

  4. @ Francis Stick-up-his-crooked-right-wing,
    wth are you talking about? and whats ur question at the end? or are you just bitching cuz u can’t seem to find a job and blame it on any scapegoat you can find?
    Your comment was a complete waste.

  5. Typical liberal response. Why even respond to a comment when you can just berate the commentator for being \right wing\?

    GTFO.

  6. Law is law. It doesn’t cease to be simply because illegal immigrants bring enough of their cohorts and make breaking it as ubiquitous as speeding on the highway. I hope the bill is defeated.

  7. I’m torn on this bill personally. Logically, I see the benefits: it’s hard to hold small children responsible for the actions of their parents (a five-year-old child is clearly not responsible for the illegality of his immigration), and children raised in the United States, attending American schools, are often culturally as “American” as their legal citizen counterparts. Nevertheless, “Francis” raises an important point, which is that the parents have still knowingly committed a crime and should not – but probably will – be the beneficiaries of privileges granted to their children. Basically, while I think that the DREAM Act is a good idea, I don’t think it’s been thought through properly.

  8. Don’t mind me. Just genociding all over this place that I landed my boat. How dare those brown people come to a land they weren’t born in and work. If you’re going to do it, do it right and slaughter everyone you see. That, my friends, is the white way to do it.

    -Chris

  9. Chris apparently had nothing important or even substantive to say.

  10. *high five* There’s no shame in being Caucasian. In fact, as many ethnic groups have already displayed with their own celebration of culture, there are grounds to be proud of it.

    “Law is law. It doesn’t cease to be simply because illegal immigrants bring enough of their cohorts and make breaking it as ubiquitous as speeding on the highway. I hope the bill is defeated” is rather more substantive than some derivation of “Don’t mind me. Just genociding (sic) all over this place that I landed my boat,” Brah.

  11. Y duz corporayshun hop boarders, but not peeple? Y can factery muv from mexico to tieland, but jobless werker stuck in mexico? Dis “selective freedom” thing cornfuses me. Guess mexicans shud lern to hav muney!

  12. Low five for whiteness! Capitalism, slavery, genocide, and sitcoms! Why don’t those pesky native americans appreciate our (undocumented) immigration?

    -Chris

  13. Simpleton:
    Comparing apples and oranges never strengthens an argument, just as comparing immigration laws and treaties to business laws, GATT, and relevant treaties does nothing, except for maybe expose the genuine fallacious simplicity of your logic. “Selective freedom” isn’t a phrase used to contrast humans and corporations, either.

    Chris:
    *low five* Want to go for one to the side?

  14. thanks a damn four you’re intresting prespectorve on argmuntationism. mabe former factery werkers shud lern argument liek u? logick feeds hungry famlys…

  15. Simpleton (who is likely a stoner chick):
    You’re welcome for not only that, but also for being reminded how each of your contributions to this threat have been through non sequitur and devoid of any facts. TyPiNg LyKe DiS dOeSn’T fEeD nEoNe EiThUr.

  16. Of course not, though maybe a little disappointed at what the students the University manages to produce.

  17. Who is the greater troll? The troll? Or the troll who trolls him?

  18. Hide yo land, hide yo jobs, and hide yo education cuz they takin’ every one out here!

  19. “Capitalism, slavery, genocide, and sitcoms!”

    Not gonna weigh in on this discussion, but was that a Propagandhi reference? Nice! Those are the kind of bitterly sarcastic political remarks I can get behind. Leave it to the Canadians….

  20. @Adam… “law is law” and laws can be altered or abandoned if they are perceived to be ineffective or unjust. In this case, the logic behind the DREAM Act is that children who made no effort to break the law nevertheless find themselves on the wrong side of it. Furthermore, they are often just as “American” as any naturally born citizen, save for the documentation: they went to English speaking schools, grew up in purely or primarily Amero-centric cultures, and often know more about their adopted homeland than the nation where they hold citizenship. But the DREAM Act doesn’t give these people a free-pass, it also requires them to meet high standards of achievement in and/or contribution to the US. Forcing people to leave the only home they’ve ever known, despite all their work and accomplishments, and accusing them of breaking laws they never consciously broke (in fact, were forced into breaking) seems an overly-rigid enforcement of law. Finally, given the technical issues associated with enforcing the current immigration laws, it is a part of a practical solution to the problem we face today- it serves American interests by allowing those immigrants who have contributed the most to stay and continue their contribution while maintaining standing immigration law for those who don’t meet the rigorous standards set up in the act.
    Francis brings up a legitimate point: though slippery slope arguments are generally logical fallacies, the specific case of parents of immigrants to whom the DREAM Act applies is worth considering. You, on the other hand, don’t make a good point. We should be able to justify our laws on more rational grounds than “law is law.”

  21. I think it would be fair to treat each just as their country would treat a US citizen in the same situation.

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