ASWSU stands behind the Washington State DREAM Act with a resolution that passed by a 20-0 vote through the ASWSU Senate. We join all other universities in the Washington State Association in supporting its passage.
Mr. Freeborn’s column last week asserted two premises; first, allowing equal access for all students in Washington state to higher education access somehow cheapens the value of American citizenship, and second, this equal treatment would strain the budget and increase tuition.
The DREAM Act requires members to sign a provision saying they are seeking citizenship. Mr. Freeborn’s claim that being a citizen has few advantages is inaccurate, as one cannot legally work without citizenship and lives in constant fear of deportation.
The second claim, that this bill would put additional strain on the budget, is false. Although the number of students that would be made eligible for the State Need Grant is currently indeterminate, estimates show that around 1000 students may be added. This only represents one percent of the current State Need Grant recipients, and would not require shifting higher education funding from other programs.
ASWSU supports the DREAM Act because it gives all students in this state the opportunity to follow their dream of higher education. We will continue to fight for this bill and counter misinformation in any publication.
Rafael Pruneda, WSU Student Regent
Kyle Erdman, ASWSU President
Derrick Skaug, ASWSU Vice President
Taylor Hennessey, ASWSU Pro-Tempore and President-Elect
Tristan Hanon,ASWSU Director of Legislative Affairs