On Saturday February 28th of 2015, the Texas Association of Mexican Americans Chamber of Commerce (TAMACC) got together in Sequin, Texas for their quarterly Board of Directors’ Meeting. TAMACC is an association established in 1975 as a non-profit organization that promote business leadership, create economic opportunities and provide legislative advocacy for the Hispanic business community in Texas.
TAMACC discussed many issues with huge importance for the sake of many businesses but one topic which hits home aroused the attention of many business owners during TAMACC’s quarterly meeting. The Topic “DREAM ACT”!
In 2001 Senator Dick Durbin and Senator Orrin Hatch proposed the Dream Act to the Senate. This bill would allow an illegal alien who arrived in the United States as a child and lived in this country for at least five years. Who will be eligible to obtain a residency only if the immigrant were to complete two years in the military or four-year institution of education be eligible to obtain a temporary residency for a six-year period, enough time for the eligible immigrant to apply for a permeant citizenship.
In Texas the DREAM Act is being threatened by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. Dan Patrick promises that repealing the DREAM Act is his top priority and calls it “a question of fairness for American citizens.” But Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick is not alone, State Representative Mark Keough has also done an act which will redefine the Texas DREAM Act. The bill is The Texas Fair Tuition Act, in this case permanent residents will be the ones allowed to be assisted in their education trail which will impact the Dreamers according to the Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio The Paisano.
Celina Moreno from Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) was able to explain in front of the TAMACC Board of Directors what the new administration is about to do. She further added the complications of the effects it would cause if the DREAM Act gets annulled it will become an exhausting economic and educational burden to communities of all Texas.
In 2013, The Texas Dream Act was able to pay $51.6 million in tuitions and fees according to Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Universities and colleges will be the ones to lose millions of dollars only if Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick stops the act against those students want to live their dream. - See more at: http://www.kwmc1490.com/index.html#sthash.CaEQoeMY.dpuf