Last weekend, Mitt Romney said that as president, he would veto the DREAM Act, a law that would create a path to citizenship for hardworking young people who arrived in this country with undocumented parents through no fault of their own. For these students and military members, this country is home.
One DREAM Act student wanted to speak out against Romney's extremism on the DREAM Act and immigration. Here's what Benita Veliz—Veliz, valedictorian of her San Antonio high school and a St. Mary’s University graduate—had to say. For the full call, listen here.
“My parents brought me to the U.S. when I was eight years old. I wasn't looking for a handout then, and I'm not looking for one now. The DREAM Act isn’t about giving driven young people like me a special opportunity to go to college or serve in the military. It is about equal opportunity to contribute to the well-being of the only country we know—so I was appalled when I heard Mitt Romney said he would veto the DREAM Act.
“President Obama is the only one who will pass comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act, and he has already taken action on immigration. The government’s case for my removal is closed because President Obama refocused the efforts of immigration authorities on deporting criminals instead of young people like me who have so much to contribute. But without the DREAM Act, I’m still undocumented, and our immigration system is still broken."