Here we go again…Unable to sabotage the war on terror Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is looking for more ways to hurt the country. This time he has filed for closure (end of debate) on a bill known as the dream act. Believe me folks, this dream is a nightmare. This bill applies to illegal aliens who were brought to the United States before age 16, have been in the country at least five years and have graduated from high school or obtained an equivalency degree. They are granted legal status and have six years to complete two years of college or serve in the military.
There are three problems I see with this particular legislation
- Why is this particular crime chosen to be ignored. If we are going to forgive a crime why don’t we start with the border guards who served their country but are now rotting in prison on trumped up charges? Or better yet I have a couple of traffic tickets…I pay taxes..my great grand parents came here legally–why don’t my traffic tickets get fixed first? OK this may seem silly but when you get down to it. Isn’t rewarding people for breaking the law silly?
- Why do the people who come into the country illegally get to cut line in front of those who are trying to come into the country the right way?
- We are waging a global war against Islamo-fascists how anyone involved with the US government allow an entire group of people who came into the country illegally to stay here, without first running stringent checks on each and every one of them. To do any less is abdicating their responsibility as our representatives.
Once again, Congress is preparing to push through legislation that would reward illegal immigration. FSM Editors are issuing a call to action: it’s time to inform our elected leaders once again that we are not prepared to reward those who break our laws and thumb their noses at our sovereignty. Call to Action: Harry Reid Files for Cloture on DREAM Act By the Editors America: once again, it’s time for us to act. According to NumbersUSA, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has filed for cloture on S.2205 – Senator Dick Durbin’s stand-alone DREAM Act – which could bring it to a vote either today or tomorrow. Cloture is the only way for a time limit to be put upon consideration of a bill. It effectively shuts down any further debate and forces the senate to vote, although thirty hours of debate after cloture is invoked is permissible under strict rules. More on the DREAM Act from NumbersUSA: S. 2205, which is cosponsored by long-tenured Republicans Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) and Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), is, essentially, the same amnesty offered up for consideration by Durbin as an amendment (SA 2919) to H.R. 1585, the Defense Department (DoD) authorization bill for fiscal year 2008. The Senate passed that bill October 1 without ever taking up the DREAM Act amendment or amendments concerning increased worker importation. At that time, Leader Reid announced he would push for passage of the DREAM Act before the Senate is scheduled to adjourn for the year (i.e., on or about November 16). [CLICK HERE to read a Washington Times article detailing Reid’s comments on the DREAM Act.]
In this most recent iteration, the DREAM Act authorizes DHS to cancel removal for, or adjust to lawful permanent resident status (in other words, grant amnesty to), an alien who is inadmissible or deportable in cases where the alien demonstrated that he/she:
has maintained continuous presence in the United States for five years and was not yet 16 years old upon initial entry, but is no older than 30 years of age; is of “good moral character” and is not inadmissible or deportable on certain criminal grounds or on the basis of being a risk to national security; and has been admitted to an institution of higher education, has attained a high school diploma, or has obtained a GED in the United States.
This ill-conceived proposal, which would grant amnesty to illegal aliens who satisfy these criteria as of enactment, also would be a rolling amnesty drawing more illegal aliens here in the future to apply for amnesty.
More recent versions of the nightmarish DREAM Act have made two notable changes from earlier attempts: (1) a provision repealing existing statutory provisions barring illegal aliens from being eligible for in-state tuition unless a U.S. citizen or legal resident is eligible regardless of state residence has been removed; and (2) the age limit for amnesty applicants has been added.
This latter revision would narrow, but would not close, a gaping loophole in this amnesty because any illegal alien up to age 30 can still walk into any U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office, declare that he is eligible, and be granted amnesty with minimal documentation of eligibility. That 30-year-old could claim that he illegally entered the United States when he was 15, but there is no requirement that the alien prove that he entered the United States at the claimed time by providing particular documents. The proposal would merely require him to “demonstrate” that he is eligible, which in practice could mean simply making a sworn statement to that effect. Thus, it would be an invitation for just about every illegal alien 30 and under to fraudulently claim the amnesty.
In addition, the alien then would have six years to adjust his status from a conditional green card holder to a non-conditional one. To do so, he would need only to complete two years of study at an institution of higher education, including any vocational school. If, at that point, the alien had already completed two years of study, he could adjust to non-conditional status immediately (and use his green card as a platform to sponsor parents and other family members). As an alternative to two years of study, he could enlist in the U.S. military (or any other of the “uniformed services,” such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or Public Health Service) for two years. (Note: This was the provision that allowed Durbin to claim that the DREAM Act was somehow germane to the DoD authorization bill.)
An illegal alien who applies for this nightmare of an amnesty would be allowed to count his years under “conditional” green card status toward the five years needed for citizenship. On top of that, the illegal alien could claim “retroactive benefits” and start the clock running the day that the DREAM Act is enacted. In combination, these two provisions would put illegal aliens on a high-speed track to U.S. citizenship, moving from illegal alien to U.S. citizen in as little as five years. Lawfully-present aliens, meanwhile, would have to continue to follow a slower path to citizenship.
Americans made their wishes about amnesty for illegal aliens more than clear this past summer. Unfortunately, the leaders we elected have a habit of ignoring the will of the people they represent. We voted them into office: not the illegal aliens they seek to appease with handouts.
If the DREAM Act goes through, it’s only a matter of time before the next amnesty bill is proposed. Once again, Americans need to remind those who live in the Washington bubble that rewarding illegal immigration is not acceptable. The time to act is now by calling the Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121. If you prefer, you can find the home office number of your senator or representative by clicking here. Whichever number you call, you must do it today.