In a message to TCC staff, an anonymous student at Rutgers University forwarded an e-mail from the University’s VP of Public Affairs encouraging students to contact New Jersey’s Representatives and Senators to show their approval of the DREAM Act. The Rutgers University e-mail (written by VP of Public Affairs Pete McDonough) read as follows:

“As you may know, we have been working with New Jersey’s members of the US Senate and House of Representatives calling for the enactment of comprehensive immigration reform that includes the DREAM Act. We have made great progress and success may well be in sight.

The DREAM Act will be an enormous benefit to Rutgers; it will ensure that America’s very brightest students and researchers have the ability to earn a Rutgers degree or conduct research in our labs and other facilities.

We are encouraged by recent developments. A bipartisan group of eight US Senators has announced that they expect an agreement on comprehensive immigration reform in the very near future. A similar bipartisan group of Representatives has reported progress, as well.

You can make a difference on this issue, if you’d like to. It’s easy, it’s fast and it’s automated. But you have to take the first step.

If you share the belief that the time has come for comprehensive immigration reform, please take two minutes to urge your US Senator and Congressman to support bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform that includes the DREAM Act.”

Readers should keep in mind that the latest saga of the DREAM Act comes with the newly introduced and controversial bill, “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” in the U.S. Senate. But that’s for another article.

I have to question Rutgers University and Mr. McDonough’s ability to comprehend the consequences such legislation as the DREAM Act will bring upon their community and tax-paying Americans. Quite simply, if this legislation in any way mimics that of my native State of California, then this country is in serious trouble.

In California, every immigrant who does not have American residency is allowed to apply for CAL Grant money as long as they meet certain (very loosely defined) criteria. Of course, CAL Grant money goes towards paying tuition, fees, books, and often times living expenses (room, board, transportation, etc.) for students enrolled in a college. Students enrolled in the DREAM Act program can also get priority registration dates depending on what college they attend.

Think about it: For most non-citizens living in the U.S., American tax-payers will essentially have to pay for each person to live as a college student. Plus, for every non-American enrolled in college, an American doesn’t get a shot at their dream school. Can we really afford such a program when the federal deficit alone is $16 trillion and going up by the day?  It’s as if liberals are saying, “The next time you go to pay your taxes, don’t worry! Just remember: You’re paying for Andres from Mexico to go to college but your 5-year-old Andy is getting cheated out of a healthy economy and education years from now because EQUALITY AND FAIRNESS!!” So much for the American Dream.

If that isn’t enough, such language as “It (The DREAM Act) ensures that the very best and brightest of students and researchers can earn a Rutgers degree” is insulting and suggests Americans are just a bunch of white, oppressive Neanderthals who live in trailer parks.

As an American of Hispanic descent, I find this whole ideology sickening. Not only is it beyond racist to suggest “minority” groups who come here illegally are naturally above Americans because of their background, it is ignorant of the fact that our own people in the U.S. are suffering due to a terrible economy.

I am not entitled to a college education because of my ethnicity. And neither are illegal immigrants because of their social status. Success means defying the odds through hard work and passion, not welfare. It’s time Rutgers University stop pressuring their students into lobbying for progressivism and let them know America’s best and brightest don’t need immigration reform to succeed. Contact Peter J. McDonough ( or Rutgers University at 732-445-4636.

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