In his re-election campaign, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid promised Hispanics that he would push the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010 (S729), better known as the DREAM Act, during the current lame-duck session of Congress.
Sen. Reid is keeping his word. He has stripped the DREAM Act legislation out of the Defense Authorization bill where he had inserted it, realizing that the defense bill is in jeopardy of not passing in the lame-duck session.
The DREAM Act is one piece of the Obama administration’s promise of comprehensive immigration reform to provide amnesty for all illegal aliens now in the country as well as those on their way.
The legislation has had a long shelf life since its introduction in the U.S. Senate back in 2001 by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. The U.S. House of Representatives version at the time was the American Dream Act.
Despite the defeat of these bills, similar legislation has been introduced on a regular basis by Democrat Senators and House members to no avail.
On Sept. 21, 2010, prior to the mid-term elections, yet another version of the DREAM Act was introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal year 2011 (S3454). It also went down to defeat by a vote of 56-43.
On the very next day, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., introduced yet another version of the bill.
Now with a lame-duck Congress in session, the strategy of the Democrats is to use their majority in the Senate and House to ram through this ultra-liberal legislation before the newly elected Republicans take over the House in January 2011.
If this last-ditch effort fails, the Democrats have a backup plan in the form of a non-legislative option. The Citizenship and Immigration Services office in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security suggests an administrative alternative for granting amnesty to hundreds of thousands of undocumented aliens.
This would constitute an executive branch end-run of the legislative process.
Meanwhile President Barack Obama admits to having taken a “shellacking” on Nov. 2, 2010, when Republicans retook the House, but he apparently is unfazed by it.
Among his excuses for the mid-term reversals were a scared and fearful electorate and a failure on his part to explain why his policies, such as comprehensive immigration reform, are good for the American people.
The latest version of the DREAM Act would set the following requirements for illegal minors: A “child” must be between the ages of 12 and 35 at the time the act is enacted; the “child” must have entered the United States illegally before the age of 16; the “child” must have resided continuously in the United States for at least five consecutive years since the date of arrival; the “child” must have graduated from a U.S. high school or obtained a General Education Diploma (GED) and must be of “good moral character”.
The DREAM Act, however, does not exclude illegal gang members from those “children” earning conditional permanent residency.
The DREAM Act would make 825,000 to 2.1 million illegal aliens eligible for all benefits offered to children who are U.S. citizens.
Due to minority entitlements and liberal politicians, “citizen children” would likely lose out in college acceptance placements and financial aid.
Dream Act advocates have adopted a new strategy, using illegal alien children to seek support for the legislation.
TV spots show children telling their stories of accomplishments and needs to play upon American sympathies for the underdog and the down-trodden.
Each story illustrates that the child was a “victim” of the parent’s duplicity.
The message of the DREAM Act is loud and clear: If you are a “victim” regardless of citizenship, you are entitled to certain benefits.
Immigration advocates would have citizens believe that illegal aliens are uninformed on U.S. welfare and educational benefits.
During the mid-term elections, Hispanics were told that opponents of the DREAM Act are anti-Hispanic racists. They were told to disregard the U.S. belief that all people should play by the rules.
Those foreign nationals who follow the laborious and archaic U.S. immigration requirements were “dissed” in favor of the rule-breakers. The radical left told Hispanics that amnesty for illegal aliens is pivotal to their life and a matter of racial pride.
President Obama met with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Nov. 16, 2010, to reiterate his support for the DREAM Act. The current push for its enactment comes with the realization that the newly elected Congress, to be seated in January 2011, will be unlikely to pass the Act.
While earlier versions of the legislation had bipartisan support, the Obama ad hominem attacks on Republicans and Republican ideas has weakened bipartisanship. Lame-duck Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is known for not even speaking to Republicans, let alone listening to them, but the incoming Republican-dominated House will have their voices heard.
In the mid-term elections, U.S. citizens cast their votes for candidates who consider immigration a matter of national security, national sovereignty, and national survival.
Obama thus far has failed to heed the election results.
Will Reid? Will soon-to-be House Minority Leader Pelosi?
The DREAM Act is amnesty, plain and simple and comprehensive.
Under existing Family Reunification laws, once illegal alien “children” receive legal residency, they can petition to have their families join them.
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