Editorial Boards Nationwide Support the DREAM Act
As the discussion about the DREAM Act heats up in the Senate this week, news outlets around the country have expressed support for the Act. The DREAM Act would allow undocumented youth who were brought to the U.S. as children more than five years ago the chance to apply for legal status, provided they graduate from high school or obtain a GED and complete two years of college or military service.
I've not yet seen a newspaper editorial anywhere that has gone on record opposing the DREAM Act. [Update: now there are two.] This could be because people who take the time to become familiar with the Act well enough to write a column about it end up supporting it. Or it could be that those who oppose it don't want to mark their place in history on the wrong side of a landmark civil rights struggle.
Here are the expressions of support for the DREAM Act, if I've missed any, please let me know in comments.
Updates below [9/21/10 00:25 EST]:
Second update below [9/23/10 9:00 EST] - I've revised the list to include only newspaper editorials, not op-eds or other pieces not written by the editorial board of a news outlet:
In favor of the DREAM Act:
Deseret News - Utah
JDNews.com (Jacksonville, NC)
Mercury News (San Jose, CA)
Opposed to the DREAM Act:
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