Pass the DREAM Act. Now.

Here is a perfect example of why the DREAM Act must be passed immediately:

Nadia Habib is a star psychology student in her junior year at Stony Brook University in New York. She has no criminal record. Her Bangladeshi father, a Queens cab driver who’s lived in New York for 20 years, has a green card, and her three siblings are all U.S. citizens. But because Habib was 20 months old when her mother brought her to the U.S., both she and her mother are scheduled to be deported tomorrow.

Habib didn’t learn she was undocumented until she was in high school, and her mother has been seeking asylum for the two of them since then. Earlier this month, their final appeal was denied. “We have to be there with 50 pound of baggage each and have our passports and be ready to leave or they can detain us,” Habib told a CBS affiliate in New York last week.

I don’t see how anyone can read this and not be moved:

She told the New York Daily News:

“If we have to leave I’d be leaving my three siblings, my father and my entire life,” Habib said. “It would mean losing a lot, everything basically, of what we have.”

“I don’t even know if I were to go back what I would do – I can’t even speak the language,” said Habib. “My mom’s just scared.”

And remember, it’s largely the “family values” crowd that wants nothing more than to split up this family.

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  • alekseisvoboda

    This is such a load of crap. Most Americans do not see freedom as having anything to do with living where one wants. They moan if people enter illegally, but nothing gets done to improve the legal process of staying here. When stuff like this happens, who in their right mind would try the legal process in a similar situation? If you read the comments on most of the major US media websites regarding immigration articles, it is quite depressing that so many people see no problem with the way this works. Many think people should just have to stay in the country of their birth and that is their lot in life.

  • danielrudolph

    Can’t one of us just marry her? I’d do it.

  • jeevmon

    Punishing children for their parents’ decisions – as American as apple pie.

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  • Abby Normal

    Give me your tired, your poor,

    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:

    I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

    The DREAM Act has the potential to positively impact the lives of over two million children and young adults. Even if just a fraction actually apply for the program, hundreds of thousands of our friends and neighbors would see their lives made better. It would reduce deficits, increase tax revenue, and increase our military readiness, based on Congressional estimates and a study from UCLA. It’s a win for everyone. Moreover, it’s an expression of what’s best about America, the dream of a better future. That it’s not yet passed is a national shame.

  • D. C. Sessions

    And meanwhile Andrew Wakefield is here as a permanent resident after a tiny fraction of the time it would take someone brownfrom Bangladesh, even if she’s been here from early childhood.

    Wouldn’t it be grand if she could stay and we shipped Wankfield off to Bangladesh? I’m sure they would be very, very impressed by his ideas about the evils of vaccination.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Moreover, it’s an expression of what’s best about America, the dream of a better future.

    You express so eloquently the reason it’s dead on arrival.

  • Most Americans do not see freedom as having anything to do with living where one wants.

    Nope, freedom is only for Real Americans and screw everyone else.

  • It sucks that she’s in that situation, but let’s face it — the only one at fault here is the mother. Not to mention, they had all this time to obtain documentation, and failed to do so.

    It royally sucks, 110%. But hey, tough shit, these are the consequences they’re facing for neglecting to go through proper procedures.

  • @WMDKitty: and whose fault is it that the procedures are the way they are? They didn’t need to be this unfair.

  • Abby Normal

    WMDKitty, what difference does that make? Does blaming the mother somehow make the DREAM Act less of a good idea?

  • jameshanley

    America, love it but leave it anyway.

    I earned my citizenship the old fashioned way, I was born to it!

    Sigh, never mind me. I’m just feeling particularly bitter about my country’s eagerness to deny its own historical promise.