Yesterday’s launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket reflects the limitless bounds of ingenuity and brilliance of those daring to dream of a bigger, better tomorrow.  Elon Musk, who founded SpaceX, the private enterprise responsible for launching the Falcon Heavy, said he hoped the launch would start a new “space race.”   President Trump tweeted his congratulations, saying “this achievement, along with NASA’s commercial and international partners, continues to show American ingenuity at its best!”  Indeed, it does.  But it shows much more.  Elon Musk was born in South Africa and emigrated to the United States.  His achievement (along with his many others, which includes founding Paypal, Tesla, and Solarcity), shows the power and benefits of preserving, if not expanding, the immigration opportunities in the United States so that future Presidents do not lose the chance to tweet of “American ingenuity.”  It’s somewhat ironic that Mr. Musk’s incredible achievement occurred now when our democratic system has failed to place a successful solution for DREAMers on the launchpad.  Many DREAMers have started on a path to achieve greatness in their own right and in the only country they call “home,” but have so far been stuck in a state of limbo over their immigration status.  The successful launch of the Falcon Heavy should awaken many to the endless possibilities to explore outer space; it should also open many eyes and minds to the endless benefits this country has reaped from the immigration of brilliant people from all over the world.  Let’s not forget that the next space race needs to start with launching DREAMers on a path to permanent residency and beyond.   Read more about Falcon Heavy here

Jesse M. Bless, Senior Litigation Counsel