Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Dream Act did not pass the Senate

This morning, I woke up to check that The Dream Act, a bill which grants conditional green card to qualifying undocumented students, failed to pass the Senate by 5 votes (55 - 41). Was I disappointed? Yes.
Does that mean that my dream & other undocumented students' dreams are over? NO.
^ this is a link for a video called "Toonami Dreams." For those who watched/know Toonami, it WAS an awesome part of Cartoon Network which showed dubbed animes (Cowboy Bebop, Big O, Blue Submarine No.6, Outlaw Star, Gundam Wing, etc), all the good shows which showed audience how hard life is. Many of the characters struggle to get by or survive nearly each episode. Despite many failures and loss, these characters grow up and start kicking ass to reach their goal; finally obtaining their dreams.

Now, Toonami doesn't exist (unfortunately for those younger generation who wouldn't be exposed to the rare gem in thousands of tv shows). However, does that mean that the audience have forgotten how Toonami helped us grow, enjoy and live life? To this day, I remember staying up late to watch Ruroni Kenshin and Cowboy Bebop with my two younger brothers back in high school days. Good times, good ol' times~
Fortunately, my younger bro is now an otaku who specializes in watching hundreds of animes and recommend the good ones to me.

Similar to Toonami, the D.A. have taught me about politics, teamwork and beauty of hardship despite the fact that it has failed to pass. I wouldn't be able to get a driver license, work legally, have slimmer chance of getting into med school or enjoy life not as fully as other people due to my status. Does that stop me from trying even harder to do my best and enjoy my amazing life? Nope; I have few, but good friends to hang out with, family who never leaves me alone and I live by the beach (with only 15minute bike ride away)!

If you are feeling disappointed, sad, angry and bitter about the D.A. not passing through, I feel you. However, don't let that stop you from growing even stronger. You are not alone, for there are 65,000 high school students who graduate each year undocumented; and upto 10 million undocumented people in the U.S.


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