Illegal immigrants have been waiting since President Barack Obamas takeover as President to see a new immigration law passed on behalf of the estimated 10-12 million undocumented immigrants in the US. Opponents see it as a back-door amnesty, and addressing students immigration status while other key immigration issues remain unresolved is proving difficult. They are of the opinion that the new act would encourage more foreigners to sneak into the United States in hope of being legalized eventually. The bill says candidates who are under 30 and high school graduates who have lived in the US illegally and continuously for the last five years may apply for conditional non-immigrant status. They can then earn legal immigrant status after ten years as a conditional non-immigrant and either two years of military service or two years in a four-year institution of higher education. Those who did not meet the requirements after ten years would lose their conditional nonimmigrant status, revert to the status they held before applying under the Dream Act, and would be subject to immigration action including deportation. Obama said, this vote is not only the right thing to do for a group of talented young people who seek to serve a country they know as their own by continuing their education or serving in the military, but it is the right thing for the United States of America. He further said, we are enriched by their talents and the success of their efforts will contribute to our nations success and security. Administration officials of White House have been pushing hard to persuade the public that passing the bill would support not only education and the economy, but even homeland security. The Senate will now make a procedural vote, but how the vote goes will likely have major implications for the Dream Act and the future of Dont Ask, Dont Tell. If Republicans are successful in filibustering the bill from moving to the floor, the efforts might be dead. If, however, passed by the Senate, the Dream Act might be a dream come true for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants including thousands of Pakistanis. There is great need of projecting our country heritage and civilization proactively. It is unfortunate that our nation could not convince the world about the strength and soft image of Pakistan. Pakistan has a very rich heritage and custodian of very old best civilization. It is the acts of our citizens abroad which will prove or disprove the strength and good image of our nation. Patriotism is not a commodity which should be stitched to the sleeve; it is obvious to any foreigner when he or she interacts with Pakistanis. While interacting with the foreigner friends, we should remember that we are Muslims and our countrys birth is based on religious identity. Our religion enjoins upon every Muslim to abide by the laws of his own and his host country. The most important thing about Pakistanis living abroad is that they should also retain their emotional, cultural and spiritual links with the country of their origin. All negative forces such as terrorism, sectarianism, fanaticism, violence and injustice must be discouraged and curbed everywhere. We must do whatever we may feel like, but in an honest way. There is a tendency in our fellow Pakistanis to always come up with new remedies for old problems. Instead we must continuously and forcefully spread the message of Islam, which is that of peace, tolerance and enlightenment. Islam enjoins upon everyone to be kind and loving. It was the soft image of Islam, which helped in spreading Islam in the world. For Pakistan our founder Quaid-i-Azam also pleaded for peace and proved it to the world that a Muslim country could be created without violence. SHAUKAT MASOOD ZAFAR, December 18.