Morever, these students want to work, pay taxes and contribute to the country they love and consider home. They are boosting the economy. Ohio Dreamers pay $14.1 million a year in state and local taxes, and have become job creators. In addition, 6 percent of Dreamers are entrepreneurs, creating jobs. Our nation is best served when we afford young Dreamers a pathway to succeed.
Legislative solutions for Dreamers have been introduced in both chambers in the form of Recognizing America’s Children Act, a GOP-led effort in the House, and the Dream Act, with similar bills in both chambers. These bills have strict eligibility requirements, and have welcomed bipartisan support. Congress must quickly take action on one of these bills.
As an educator, I have dedicated my life to advancing knowledge of the world around us with students from all walks of life. As a former Catholic university president, I am convinced that the pursuit of truth goes hand in hand with the pursuit of justice. Ushering these bills into law is the right — and smart — thing to do.
Daniel Curran is president emeritus of the University of Dayton.