My Tentative View Of The Dream Act

A couple of people have asked me privately what I think about the Dream Act so I thought I would post it here as well. This has been my general reply to the question:

“There is a trade off (inverse relationship) between welfare and immigration. The more welfare, the less people are supportive of immigration. The more immigration, the less people are supportive of welfare. And the inverse relationship is especially strong when it’s immigrants themselves getting welfare. The more people perceive of immigrants coming for welfare checks, for example, the less they will be tolerant of more immigrants.

So by default, because I want more immigrants in the United States, I am generally against any welfare that seems to benefit immigrants. But the Dream Act is tricky. It’s not exactly welfare. It’s more like “level playing field” type welfare. Without it, you create this poor underclass with no real hope to get ahead. So I am torn. That makes me want to support it.

In the end, I don’t know which way I would ultimately vote on the legislation. I probably would vote for it, but very reluctantly. Instead, I wish this was more of a private charity kind of thing. Create a private charity that pays for immigrants education, for example. Forcing others to pay via taxes is only going to create backlash – and ultimately, harm other immigrants wishing to come to the United States.

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