First, this is only a baby step forward, but it is a step. And since the DREAM Act has a snowball’s chance on a Florida beach and is long overdue, it was time Obama did what Congress is unwilling to do.
Second, the Hispanic vote, which went for Obama by 67 percent last time around, is eroding bit by bit and yet Latino voters are squarely behind the DREAM Act. In fact, the American people are over overwhelmingly behind it.
Third, the DREAM Act (the original one) would help reduce the federal deficit by $2.2 billion over ten years, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
At the rate we are going, we will have a shortfall of college educated workers by 2025 and with nearly 32% of science and engineering grads being Hispanic, DREAMers would be a boon, not a drag on the U.S. economy. In fact it’s estimated that DREAMers, over the course of their working lives, would create between $1.4 and $3.6 trillion in taxable income.