Lopez, Mario

Mario Lopez is a Senior Political Science and Public Policy Minor at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Co-Founder of the Bay Area DREAM Act Coalition, a multi-ethnic youth coalition in pursuit of the passage of the DREAM Act.

The DREAM Shall Never Die

By Mario Lopez

Headlines claiming that Republicans blocked the DREAM Act this weekend give the party more credit than it deserves. Yes, Republicans overwhelmingly opposed the legislation from the get-go, but a handful of Democratic Senators are equally guilty of slamming the door shut on my dreams-and on so many others as well. We must hold them equally accountable.

The DREAM Act would have paved the way for thousands of undocumented students brought to the U.S. to become our future doctors, nurses, engineers, teachers, and lawyers by creating a path towards earned citizenship. I would have benefited from this.