Your Tax Dollars at Work

Most Americans never have the opportunity to meet with a cabinet-rank official of the U.S. Government. Even rarer is the opportunity to meet with two cabinet officers unless you are the U.S. president.

So it was an unusual honor conferred on young activists who urge adoption of amnesty for illegal aliens via the DREAM Act to be able to sit down around a conference table with U.S. Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan last Thursday (December 15, 2011). And, if news accounts were correct, several of the participants were not even American – and they were not even in the country legally.

Working to Make DREAM a Reality
Students and members of the United States Student Association and United We Dream joined Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary Solis in a lively discussion on the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act, better known as the DREAM, Act and other education-related issues. Thursday’s meeting was part of the U.S. Department of Education’s “Student Conversations” tours to engage youth in hot topics and current events. The students, the majority of whom are DREAMers, spoke candidly about their uncertain futures and the possibility of deportation.

About Author


Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).

1 Comment

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    Warren Pouyer Jr on

    Your kidding me right… MY hard earned Tax Dollars are actually paying for Illegal’s to sit down the these Elected Officials so they can pour their hearts out to them and tell them that “We fear being Deported…” What is wrong with this picture… Hey, can I get a sit down with these same two Officials so that I too can let them know my thoughts and feelings on this subject..? And WHY is Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor even involved in this most controversial of issues to date. The future of this so called DREAM Act is of great concern to me. Why is it that there are Millions and MILLIONS of LEGAL, TAX PAYING AMERICANS out of work, yet we’re still being so very concerned about these Illegals who are just that ILLEGALLY HERE in the first place… It is issues like this that will certainly have me at the polls come next November. As far as I’m concerned, It cannot get here fast enough.!