The incredible success of the Man of Steel at the box office last weekend highlights what is possibly one of the biggest missed opportunities in political messaging. It is tragedy that the DREAM Act, which would give legal status to undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children, was not instead labeled the “Superman Act.”
Clark Kent’s story parallels that of many children in this country who would benefit from this provision, which has been added to the comprehensive immigration reform law. Children who were bought to this country at a young age and ended up going to college United States or joining the military.
Superman is not only an actual alien but he is also an illegal alien. His parents sent him to the United States without authorization or documentation in the hope he would have a better life. They cleverly exploited our lack of a space fence to sneak him into the country while avoiding customs and immigration.
Despite the lack of ties birth or blood Clark Kent become an the ultimate expression what of it means to be an American. Raised in the American culture and attending American schools, he fully adopted the values and ideals of this country as his own. He went on to be one of the greatest protectors of this country, risking his life repeatedly for its people. Despite not being born an American he has dedicated himself to fight for “truth, justice, and the American way.”
Labeling it the “Superman Act” would highlight the fact that anti-immigration individuals who oppose this change would technically want Superman deported. The entertainment value alone of watching politicians try to defend an anti-Superman platform on the Sunday morning shows would have made this renaming worth it.
If we can believe that even a member of a complete different alien species would not only adapt to American culture but fall in love with it, then we should worry about the ability of DREAM kids to assimilate.
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