Senator Dick Durbin told Senator Jon Kyle (R-AZ) on Fox Sunday News that if the GOP passed the Dream Act, Democrats would be more willing to talk about reducing the country’s spending habit. Note he said talk about it – not that they would actually do it! Durbin added that when it comes to granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens “we’re not giving up” because not pushing the so-called Dream Act down the throats of the American people “isn’t what the American people want us to do. It isn’t the American way.”
The Dems have been pushing the Dream Act for quite a while – Harry Reid promises us that it would be good be “good for everybody.” Sorry Harry, we’re not buying it! Harry’s attempt to pass the Dream Act is just one in a long line of stealth Amnesty ploys. It is a slap in the face to American taxpayers and other immigrants to came to this country legally.
Dream Act proponents continue to pitch it as a means to legitimize the immigration status of a small number of children of illegal aliens and grant those childred residency and a path to citizenship as long as they attend college or enter the armed forces. The Truth:
- Past Dream Act legislation specifically stipulated that anyone under the age of 35 who had resided in the U.S. for at least 5 years would be eligible for amnesty. 35 is hardly a child.
- Illegals only had to be admitted to a college or university, not attend or graduate.
- Illegals were given 6 years of permanent residence status when they applied to a college or university.
- Last year’s version of the Dream Act by Reid and Durbin did not include any means or methods of verifying that illegals were even eligible under their own criteria.
The Migration Policy Institute, a pro-amnesty outfit, estimated that under the last verion of the Dream Act, an estimated 2.1 million illegal immigrants would benefit.
Of course that 2.1 million is only a drop in the bucket of the number of illegals that would benefit. Once the “children” under the Dream Act were given a path to citizenship, along with welfare benefits and in-state tuition, we are also giving them the right to sponsor a large number of their family members.
The new Reid, Durbin, Menendez Dream Act, according to their press release, would make some alterations to last year’s Dream Act by requiring illegals to read, write, and speak English; undergo backgroud checks and medical exams and be subject to criminal penalties for fraud. Read the press release here. My favorite quote is from New York City Mayor, Bloomberrg “They are just the kind of immigrants we need to help solve our unemployment problem.” (What?)
What part of illegal do they not get? The Dream Act was and still is back door amnesty for just about every illegal alien in the U.S. and the millions who are just waiting to sneak across the border. Of course, the far left know that once again this has no chance of passing the House – they are using it as a political ploy to woo hispanic votes for the 2012 election.