Harry Reid`s Illegal Alien Student Bailout
The so-called DREAM Act would
create an official path to
Democratic voter registration for an estimated two
million college-age illegal aliens. Look past the public
relations-savvy stories of
valedictorians left out in the cold. This is not
"children." It`s about preserving electoral power through
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
announced this week that he`s attaching the DREAM Act to
the defense authorization bill. With ethnic activists
breathing down his neck and President
Obama pushing to fulfill his campaign promise to
Hispanics, Reid wants his queasy colleagues to vote
on the legislation next week.
Open-borders lawmakers have
tried and failed to pass the DREAM Act through
for the past decade. That`s because informed voters
giving green cards to illegal alien students
undermines the rule of law, creates more illegal
immigration incentives and grants preferential treatment
to illegal alien students over law-abiding native and
naturalized American students struggling to get an
education in tough economic times. This bad idea is
compounded by a companion proposal to recruit
illegal aliens into the military with the lure of
citizenship (a fraud-ridden and reckless practice
countenanced under the Bush administration).
DREAM Act lobbyists are
spotlighting heart-wrenching stories of high-achieving
teens brought to this country when they were toddlers.
But instead of arguing for case-by-case dispensations,
the protesters want blanket pardons. The broadly drafted
Senate bill would confer benefits on applicants up to
age 35, and the House bill contains no age ceiling at
all. The academic achievement requirements are minimal.
Moreover, illegal aliens who didn`t arrive in the
country until they turned 15—after they laid down
significant roots in their home country—would be
eligible for DREAM Act benefits and eventual U.S.
citizenship. And like
amnesty packages, the Democratic plan is devoid of
any concrete eligibility and enforcement mechanisms to
deter already-rampant immigration benefit fraud.
The DREAM Act sponsors have long
fought to sabotage a clearly worded provision in the
1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant
Responsibility Act (IIRIRA)
"Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an alien
who is not lawfully present in the United States shall
not be eligible on the basis of residence within a State
(or a political subdivision) for any postsecondary
education benefit unless a citizen or national of the
United States is eligible for such a benefit (in no less
an amount, duration, and scope) without regard to
whether the citizen or national is such a resident."
Ten states defied that federal law
and offered DREAM Act-style tuition preference to
Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma,
Texas, Utah and Washington. The last time DREAM Act
champions tried to tack their scheme onto a larger
immigration proposal, they snuck in language that would
absolve those 10 states of their law-breaking by
repealing the 1996 law retroactively—and also offering
the special path to green cards and citizenship for
illegal alien students.
Despite the obvious electoral
advantage this plan would give Democrats, several
pro-illegal alien amnesty Republicans crossed the aisle
to support the DREAM Act, including double-talking Sens.
John McCain, Richard Lugar, Bob Bennett, Sam Brownback,
Norm Coleman, Susan Collins, Larry Craig, Chuck Hagel,
Kay Bailey Hutchison, Mel Martinez and Olympia Snowe, as
well as presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (who
champions even greater illegal alien student benefits
than those proposed by Democrats). After paying lip
service to securing the borders, McCain promised DREAM
Act demonstrators this week that he supported the bill
and would work to
"resolve their issues."
Out-of-touch pols might want to pay
attention to the world outside their bubble. A recent
Quinnipiac University poll shows that Americans across
the political spectrum favor tougher enforcement of
existing immigration laws over rolling out the amnesty
welcome wagon. When asked,
"Do you think
immigration reform should primarily move in the
direction of integrating illegal immigrants into
American society or in the direction of stricter
enforcement of laws against illegal immigration?"
solid majorities of
registered Republicans, Democrats and independents
chose stricter enforcement over greater integration of
the illegal alien population.
Democrats outside the Beltway have
grown increasingly averse to signing on to illegal alien
incentives—especially as the Obama jobs death toll
mounts and economic confidence plummets. Here in
Colorado, a handful of Democrats joined Republican
lawyers to kill a state-level DREAM Act amid massive
higher education budget cuts and a bipartisan voter
Asked why she opposed the illegal
alien student bailout, one
Democratic lawmaker said quite simply:
"I listened to my
constituents." An alien concept in Washington,
to be sure.
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