It's time for the Dream Act to become a permanent reality. It doesn't matter whether you're Republican, Democrat, or Independent. We have a moral obligation as Americans to provide a path for citizenship for those brought to our country as children by their parents, hoping to provide a better life for their families. It's time […]

It's time for the Dream Act to become a permanent reality.
It doesn't matter whether you're Republican, Democrat, or Independent. We have a moral obligation as Americans to provide a path for citizenship for those brought to our country as children by their parents, hoping to provide a better life for their families. It's time allow these individuals, who are now adults, to come out of the shadows and become full-fledged US citizens.
Imagine this: you were brought here to America by your parents from Ireland (pick any European country) in 1848 when you are 8 yours old, due to a famine in your country. Your parents are not legal residents and face discrimination and difficulty but through hard work and determination are able to create a decent life for you and your siblings.
Now, you are an adult, having lived in this country much longer than you ever lived in your country of origin, but you still have no legal status here. You may speak with the Irish brogue (or your native European language), but you can also communicate effectively in the English language. The majority of your life has been spent in America, and suddenly, because of a change in the direction of the winds of politics, you are being threatened with deportation to your country of origin. You have been a contributing member of society for many years now, but the political-powers-that-be say that's not good enough.
This is all analogous to living in the shadows of modern-day America. I can only imagine what it's like for children who grew up in America, became adults, and now try to provide for a family, while at the same time worrying about that knock on the door.
Congress, Senate, and Mr. President: it's time to act not only for the good of our country but also with compassion for those who have been giving much and yet have much to give to America.
Let's make the Dream Act permanent and not subject to the shifting sands of politics.