Just when Americans thought it was okay to focus on the economy, jobs and the holiday season, members of the demolished Democrat party are seeking to pass the DREAM Act during the lame duck session.
In a nutshell the DREAM Act would grant millions of illegal immigrants in the country amnesty by offering them a college education or the option to join the military as a means to join the legal immigration ranks.
Congressional Leaders met with President Obama at the White House to renew their push for the controversial legislation to be on the House floor during the lame duck session. Lawmakers are hoping to get at least one political win after the disastrous midterm elections and show the country they still have plenty of clout in Washington D.C.
“We had a very healthy, vigorous conversation and we reached this wonderful harmony,” said Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.). “We have an opportunity to help two million young men and women in this country join the armed forces, go to college.”
Gutierrez described the DREAM Act as a compassionate piece of legislation that would go a long way to iron the divisive issue for American citizens.
Democrats feel that if they wait for a comprehensive immigration reform, many Latinos will lose faith in the party and look for other leaders in their quest for amnesty. “We should not jeopardize this opportunity,” Gutierrez finished.
After the Oval Office meeting Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) said the leaders discussed many options and were optimistic about passage of the DREAM Act legislation.
A statement from the White House said, “The president and the (lawmakers) believe that, before adjourning, Congress should approve the Dream Act.”
However, that optimism gives anti-amnesty legislation organizations something to fight for during the possible lame duck vote.
One such group is Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and they are counting on their supporters to step up to the challenge and stop lawmakers from passing the DREAM Act into law.
“The DREAM Act rewards those who broke U.S. immigration laws and only encourages more illegal immigration… The DREAM Act unfairly allows illegal alien students to tap federal and state benefits, when those benefits are desperately needed by Americans who are struggling every day to make ends meet,” FAIR said in an email statement.
At issue with anti-illegal activists is granting a free pass and tax breaks for illegal aliens, especially at a time when the economy cannot break free from a stubborn recession.
“It (DREAM Act) grants illegal aliens ‘conditional’ permanent resident status upon the receipt of a high school diploma, or simply enrolling in a college program or the military grants aliens normal LPR status (green cards) upon finishing two years of college or service in the military—requirements the Obama Administration can waive. It also authorizes states to give illegal aliens in-state tuition so that your tax dollars will openly be subsidizing illegal immigration; and it makes newly amnestied aliens eligible for numerous taxpayer-funded student loan programs,” FAIR contends.
Just like the movie Friday the 13th and its endless sequels, the DREAM act seems to be one of those pieces of legislation that is taken off the shelf, dusted off and put in front of lawmakers when pandering to Latinos reaches a boiling point.
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