Undocumented students feel happiness and excitement when they graduate from college because they have accomplished what many people think is impossible. Yet, what comes next for these undocumented students? What can they look forward to if they are not legal residents of the United States?
Many undocumented students work hard to graduate from college, but unfortunately cannot obtain a job because of their legal status. After graduating, these undocumented students feel that their academic efforts were pointless because they do not have access to the benefits of a college degree. There are many undocumented students who want to pursue careers in law and in medicine, but cannot manage to get their license for such practices. It is unfortunate that undocumented students who were raised in the United States from a very young age and received an American education cannot pursue the American Dream in the working world. Since Obama passed his Deferred Action Plan, these undocumented immigrants now have hope for the opportunity to become lawyers or doctors. This plan would help people like Jose Godinez-Samperio from Florida, who has been fighting to get his law license, despite his undocumented status. Godinez-Samperio and many other undocumented students have “done everything [they are] supposed to do. [They have] complied with every rule,” but still are not allowed to work after college because they are undocumented immigrants.
At this point, the only hope for undocumented students is the Deferred Action Plan. However, what would happen to the millions of undocumented students who have applied to this program if Mitt Romney became President? Jose Godinez-Samperio says that “the election might decide his future” and the futures of millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States. Romney has made it clear that he does not support the Deferred Action Plan, and if elected he would not put this program in place, thus denying undocumented students their rights to a higher education and career opportunities. Do you think we should stop undocumented students from fulfilling their career dreams, if all they really want is a career and economic success?