Senator Reid filed cloture Thursday evening on the House version of the DREAM Act (H.R.5281) and immediately announced that he would bring the bill up for a vote Saturday — most likely Saturday morning. If the Senate passes the DREAM Act, it will go straight to the President’s desk and become law. That would be a huge mistake.
This legislation discriminates against legal immigrants, providing illegal aliens with access to in-state tuition rates that legal immigrants don’t qualify for and gives illegal aliens a green card after two years of military service while legal immigrants have to wait three years. It allows about two million illegal aliens to get no-questions-asked “temporary” legal status pending the resolution of their applications for ten years, regardless of whether that application is legitimate or not, and applicants can’t be deported. The requirements for a clean criminal record are even less stringent than the requirements legal immigrants must adhere to. It is the typical product of a bill rammed through without any opportunity for committee review or floor amendments — full of troubling problems that seriously call in to question whether this bill is anything but an eleventh-hour effort by those who have been voted out of office to kick Americans in the face one more time on their way out.
Proponents of this ill-advised legislation are counting on Senators Warner and Webb to vote in favor. Over the next day or so we really need to make it clear to our Senate representatives that amnesty for illegal aliens (and anyone they sponsor for legal residency after they reach age 21) during a down economy only hurts legal workers, encourages further illegal immigration, harms state and local government budgets, and undermines the rule of law. If this bill was a good idea, the discussion wouldn’t have waited until a Saturday when this lame duck Congress should have already adjourned.
Call Jim Webb’s office at (202) 224-4024 and make sure he knows you don’t want this to pass. Senator Warner is leaning in the affirmative on this atrocity, but it doesn’t hurt to contact him through the capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
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