Will the DREAM become a Nightmare?


Columnist Miguel Perez
An opinion piece by Miguel Perez of Creators.com raises the troubling question, what happens in two years to all those Latinos who apply for immigration relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals?
Perez writes in his column, “When Obama’s two-year “deferred action” expires, what happens if we have a new president? After all, when Obama announced his new policy two months ago, he warned that, ‘This is not amnesty. This is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It’s not a permanent fix.’
In his column, Perez adds, “Yet, since it is only a change in policy, instead of law, can their dream become a nightmare? Those are the questions that will keep nagging some 1.7 million young immigrant dreamers who are expected to take advantage of Obama’s offer – and thus hang their own future on the president’s re-election.”
He also points out, “If Obama were re-elected, even if he couldn’t get Congress to pass the DREAM Act and make these changes permanent, surely he would extend his temporary executive order for at least a couple more years. But if Romney were elected, after having vowed to veto the DREAM Act and after selecting a running mate who voted against it in the House of Representatives, would he rescind Obama’s executive order? And if there were a more conservative Congress, how many more anti-immigrant laws would they ask President Romney to sign?”