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Cakes for Strippers, Crumbs for DREAMers?

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Everyone knows life is unfair, but sometimes it just smacks you in the face. That's my reaction to the 'news' that Bettina May, a Canadian model who makes her living by putting on makeup and vintage clothing, and then removing the clothing, just got a green card for, well, putting on makeup and vintage clothing, and then removing the clothing. With her new green card, Ms. May can live permanently in the United States, as an "alien of extraordinary ability."

At the same time, young people brought here, illegally, as infants from abroad, who are now working hard in all kinds of useful endeavors, and/or going to school, are offered merely a two-year work permit and an uncertain future.

In other words, strippers eat cake, while DREAMers dine on crumbs. Are we content to live with this contradiction, or are we ready to think about meaningful reform?