Opinion: DREAMers are pushing their luck
Ruben Navarrette says a sense of entitlement has crept into the demands of DREAM Act aspirants.. But they should tread lightly.
December 19th, 2012
10:00 AM ET

Opinion: DREAMers are pushing their luck

Editor's note: Ruben Navarrette Jr. is a CNN contributor and a nationally syndicated columnist with the Washington Post Writers Group. Follow him on Twitter: @rubennavarrette.

By Ruben Navarrette, Jr., CNN Contributor

(CNN) - I know just what a lot of those so-called DREAMers deserve to get for Christmas: a scolding. There are good and bad actors in every movement, and the bad ones - if not kept in check - can drag the good ones down with them.

The term DREAMers refers to the estimated 1.4 million to 2 million young illegal immigrants who might have gotten some relief if the DREAM Act, which offered legal status in return for attending college or joining the military, hadn't been torpedoed in the Senate in December 2010.

Having declared their intention to better themselves, some in the DREAMer movement now insist that they're entitled to better treatment than run-of-the-mill illegal immigrants. You know, like the hardworking and humble folks who cut your lawn, clean your house or care for your kids. In fact, the DREAMers seem to suggest they're due a reward for good behavior.

At times, these young people act like spoiled brats. They don caps and gowns and disrupt committee hearings and occupy the offices of members of Congress. They dare police to arrest them, and then act surprised when it happens. They're not realistic, or respectful. They don't ask. They demand.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Dduke

    Make me some tacos and get out

    December 22, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Noah Cat

    Ruben, the DREAMers are not responsible for the 'Tamale Lady' unwillingness to learn English or inability to obtain an advance degree. You've become a Grinch, this Christmas and you should be deported or send money to the Tamale Lady instead of taking it on young immigrant arrivals who through struggles and hardship managed to learn English, assimilate to the American culture and contribute knowledge to this great country.

    December 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gi Jon

    Deport Rubben

    December 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |