Let me be upfront: I don't fully understand the DREAM Act. But the underlying premise I get from it is that a student who is considered "illegal," has lived in the U.S. since before they turned 16, and goes to college can earn citizenship. These students would be allowed to pay the in-state tuition rates.
Here are my random thoughts right now:
1. If an "illegal" immigrant student works hard and graduates from a US high school, and can gain acceptance into a US college, that student should be allowed to attend.
2. If an "illegal" immigrant student gains acceptance to his or her state university, that student should pay the in-state tuition rate.
3. If an "illegal" immigrant student spends at least his or her high school years in a US school, and graduates from that school, that student deserves the opportunity to receive all available grants, loans, and scholarships afforded to any other student.
4. If an "illegal" immigrant student spends at leas his or her high school years in a US school, and earn at least an associates degree, that student deserves US citizenship if he or she wants it.