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Dream Act is an illegal immigration enabler

Your editorial, "The American Dream" (June 19), left out the key sticking point that has many of us opposing the Maryland Dream Act. The dilemma it doesn't resolve is the one that occurs with every attempt to relieve suffering: How do we help without simultaneously giving an incentive to continue the process that led to the suffering in the first place? Every family with a member suffering from an addiction knows this problem. Emotional compassion of the moment urges immediate relief, but only wise, enduring, tough love truly solves the problem.

Whether it's the fruit of illegal immigration or prolonged debt-addiction, we Americans need the resolve to replace foolish behavior with what fits reality. Granted, it will take enduring determination, but the rewards will be a far better community at a much reduced cost.

Charles Clough, Bel Air

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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