Paper Tiger for the DREAM Act

Jan 5, 2011 Full story: www.laprensatoledo.com

Latino advocates of amnesty and illegal immigration need to take an honest look at who is to blame for the demise of the Dream Act and Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

From 2007 to 2010 when the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, they never saw fit to bring the DREAM Act to a vote until this current Lame Duck session. During the 111th Congress, neither House nor Senate, both overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats, held one committee hearing on the DREAM Act. Zero! ˇNada! They never sought Republican input or amendments to the bill.

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“A Nation of Legal Immigrants”

Since: Nov 07

Lake City Florida,/ Nebraska

#1 Jan 6, 2011
White House Holds Private Meeting with More than 100 Special Interest
Amnesty Advocates

Just nine days after publicly reiterating his promise to grant amnesty to
the more than 12 million illegal aliens living in the United States (See
FAIR's Legislative Update, August 17, 2009), President Obama - along with
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano - held a closed-door meeting
with more than 100 amnesty advocates at the White House. According to
statements from some of the attendees, Obama used the meeting to indicate
that he would "push for [amnesty] even as the health-care debate continues
to unfold." (Politico, August 20, 2009).

The private meeting was officially led by Secretary Napolitano, but the
president "dropped in" to address the gathering. According to amnesty
advocate Angela Kelley of the Center for American Progress, Obama's comments
reassured her that the administration is making amnesty a priority: "The
takeaway from today is they're rolling up their sleeves and leaning heavy
into the issue. He's doing this and health care. He didn't give an inkling
that he's going to back away from immigration reform. I think he's ready to
do the heavy lifting." (Id.).

At the meeting, the amnesty advocates used their time with Napolitano and
Obama to decry the administration's perceived emphasis on immigration
enforcement. United Farm Workers Union President Arturo Rodriguez indicated
that the amnesty advocates pressed Napolitano on "communicating the
importance of immigration as much as you are communicating the importance of
enforcement." Ali Noorani of the National Immigration Forum indicated that
he pushed Napolitano to take steps to further abandon meaningful immigration
enforcement: "There are lots of things the secretary can do in terms of
administrative changes and a lot of leadership she can exert." (Id.).

One specific topic of discussion at the meeting was 287(g)-- the federal
program that allows Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to
train state and local law enforcement officers in the enforcement of federal
immigration laws. According to meeting attendees, both Napolitano and Obama
addressed 287(g), saying that local, frontline law enforcement officers must
be held "accountable" for their actions under the program.(Id.). The Obama
Administration has already taken steps to undermine the 287(g) program by:
(1) launching a Justice Department investigation into the Maricopa County,
Arizona Sheriff's Office participation in the program (See FAIR's
Legislative Update, March 17, 2009) and (2) altering the process that state
and local law enforcement agencies must follow in order to enroll (See
FAIR's Legislative Update, July 13, 2009).

http://www.fairus.org/site/News2...

“A Nation of Legal Immigrants”

Since: Nov 07

Lake City Florida,/ Nebraska

#2 Jan 6, 2011
The DREAM Act's astronomical costs

DREAM Act advocates estimate that approximately 65,000 * DREAMers graduate
from high school or obtain their high school equivalency. Under the Act,
DREAMers up to the age of 35 would be able to apply for benefits under the
Act. For the eighteen year span between eighteen year old and 35 year old
DREAMers, approximately 1.17 million illegal aliens would be eligible for
benefits under the Act during the first year alone with an estimated 65,000
every year thereafter. Approximately 455,000 DREAMers would be under the
age of 24 and would qualify for federal financial aid as dependent students
allowing each of them to borrow up to $5500/year. The additional 715,000
DREAMers would qualify as independent students allowing them to borrow up to
$9500/year in federal student loans each. Under this formula, federal
student loans for DREAMers in dependent status would be approximately
$2,502,500,000 while independent DREAMers would receive a combined total of
approximately $6,792,500,000 during the first year.

At the beginning of the second year of the DREAM Act being in effect, an
additional 65,000 DREAMers would be eligible for federal loans of up to
$5500 and approximately 65,000 DREAMers would've turned 24 years of age and
would be eligible to borrow up to $9500/year. The costs to the U.S. taxpayer
of subsidizing the tuition of the approximately 1.23 million illegal aliens
who would benefit from the DREAM Act over the first two years of its
enactment would be $19,207,500,000.

http://www.examiner.com/immigration-in-nation...

“A Nation of Legal Immigrants”

Since: Nov 07

Lake City Florida,/ Nebraska

#3 Jan 6, 2011
The DREAM Act allows illegal "teens" to petition for their parents, leading eventually to their aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins:

The big argument for this amnesty is that it is for teenagers who are here illegally because their parents broke the law. Even with the new "less-than-30" age requirement, far more than teens can get this amnesty (and Sen. Durbin has included "humanitarian" and "family unity" exceptions to the age limit). Nonetheless, the argument is that the teenagers should not be punished for the crimes of their parents.

But as soon as DREAM amnesty citizens are over 21, they can bring in their parents who broke the law to get them into the country. The chief criminals will be rewarded after all.

And because of Chain Migration, the amnestied "teens" can see their aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents getting permanent U.S. residency as well.
seabass

Fort Myers, FL

#4 Jan 6, 2011
The DREAM ACT was flawed beyond belief. We are talking about Illegal Foreign Nationals here. Latinos are RACIST.
CCRand

Nashville, TN

#5 Jan 6, 2011
It is reprehensible that the Senate leadership wants to force the DREAM Act amnesty on the American people during a jobs depression. Not only is Sen. Reid ignoring the 9.8 percent unemployment rate, he is asking you to risk your own political neck in the process!

Please don’t pay attention to anyone who says the DREAM Act amnesty will only help innocent "children" who are the victims of their parents' lawbreaking. The DREAM Act is not a narrow amnesty aimed only at children; it would amnesty any illegal alien under the age of 30!

The DREAM Act is not a small amnesty for a select group of individuals. In fact, it allows illegal "teens" (i.e., anyone under 30) to petition for their parents, leading eventually to their aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins coming permanently to the United States.

The big argument for this amnesty is that it is for teenagers who are here illegally because their parents broke the law. Even with the less-than-30 age requirement, this amnesty will apply to more than just teens ("humanitarian" and "family unity" exceptions are added to the age limit). Nonetheless, the argument is that the teenagers should not be punished for the crimes of their parents.

However, DREAM amnesty citizens can all eventually bring their parents, who broke the law to get them into the country in the first place, back into the U.S.(or, keep them here legally after years of avoiding deportation). The chief criminals will be rewarded after all. And due to chain migration, the amnestied "teens" can petition for their aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents to get permanent U.S. residency as well.

This a back-door amnesty for the parents of these illegal "teens," and a chain migration nightmare for the country. I hope you will take the November 2nd election results to heart and observe the will of the American people on this issue. Just say no to Sen. Reid and just say no to this anti-American worker amnesty.

Here are a few points you need to consider BEFORE voting on this bill!

•THE BORDER IS STILL NOT SECURED!
•THE ADMINISTRATION IS CONTEMPTUOUS OF OUR LAWS AND REFUSES TO ENFORCE OUR LAWS!
•OUR ADMINISTRATION IS SUING ARIZONA FOR ATTEMPTING TO PROTECT THEIR CITIZENS FROM THIS INVASION AND CRIME WAVE!
•OUR CITIZENS IN ARIZONA CAN'T RECREATE IN THEIR AREA BECAUSE DRUG RUNNERS AND FOREIGN CRIMINALS HAVE MADE THE AREA UNSAFE! THE RESPONSE FROM OUR GOVERNMENT WAS TO PUT UP SIGNS WARNING AMERICANS TO STAY OUT OF THIS AREA WHICH IS EIGHTY MILES INSIDE OUR BORDER!!!
•TWENTY MILLION AMERICANS ARE OUT OF WORK!
• OUR COUNTRY IS NEAR BANKRUPT!
• YOU HAVEN'T DONE ANYTHING TO RESOLVE THE PROBLEMS AND NOW ANOTHER AMNESTY IS BEING PUSHED????

NO AMNESTY, NO DREAM ACT, NO REWARD FOR BAD BEHAVIOR OF ANY KIND!

SECURE THE BORDER AND ENFORCE OUR LAWS, THIS IS WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE CONVEYED TO YOU OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THE PROBLEMS LISTED ABOVE MUST BE RESOLVED BEFORE WE EVEN TALK OF HOW TO RESOLVE ANY OF THE ILLEGAL MIGRATION PROBLEMS!

NO AMNESTY OF ANY KIND, AND NO ACTION UNTIL THE ABOVE LISTED PROBLEMS HAVE BEEN CONFRONTED AND SUCCESSFULLY RESOLVED TO THE SATISFACTION OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!

YOU ARE OUR REPRESENTATIVE, NOT OUR RULERS, REPRESENT THE WISHES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NOW!

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