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Illegal Alien's D.R.E.A.M.—Patriot's Nightmare
As the illegal alien ( S. 1545, [PDF] "Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors" [D.R.E.A.M.] Act makes its way through the United States Senate, it's time to set the record straight about whose "dream" this nonsense is anyway.
On October 23, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted, by a disgracefully overwhelming 16 to 3 margin, to support D.R.E.A.M's anti-American double-whammy:
- A deportation amnesty and permanent resident status for any smuggled illegal aliens and visa over-stayers (now would-be "students") who claim to have arrived in the U.S. before age 16
- A clear path for these same illegal aliens to receive discounted in-state tuition rates at all state colleges and universities across the country, while American citizens from other states must pay the full tuition rate. [Senate panel approves bill on illegals, By Stephen Dinan Washington Times, October 24, 2003]
As I have reported since October, 2001, the federal immigration bureaucracy already is an alien-friendly permanent amnesty, wide open to fraud by anyone, and to exploitation by terrorists. Another amnesty by stealth only makes a bad situation worse.
The Department of Homeland Security under Secretario Ridge and international banker Eduardo Aguirre, Jr. controls the residency and naturalization machinery now in the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services –BCIS. Homeland Security's BCIS division would also hand out conditional residence permits and "green cards" to illegal alien "students" if D.R.E.A.M becomes law.
The rest of the federal government's amnesty apparatus hides in plain sight in the U.S. Department of Justice, taking shape as the farcical Immigration Court system of the Executive Office for Immigration Review -- (EOIR). Under D.R.E.A.M, the EOIR would share jurisdiction with the BCIS in rewarding illegal alien "students" with resident status.
In amending the Immigration and Nationality Act, D.R.E.A.M would expand the most blatant rolling amnesty program already administered by the EOIR. That's something called "cancellation of removal and adjustment of status for certain nonpermanent residents" under Section 240A (b) of the Act.
In other words, "nonpermanent residents" is a euphemism for illegal aliens. "Cancellation of removal" stops their deportation and gives them lawful permanent resident status.
Under the current law –Section 240A(b)— if illegal aliens claim to have been in the United States for ten years, if these cheaters can prove the counter-intuitive notion that they are persons of "good moral character," and if they can show "exceptional and extremely unusual hardship" to a "qualifying relative" (that is, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse, parent or child) if they were deported, then they receive a freshly-minted "green card" as a reward for living and working illegally without getting caught.
Attention: The rolling amnesty is already underway at the EOIR . . . as more and more illegal aliens claim their ten years every day!
And now with a host of exceptions and loopholes, D.R.E.A.M would expand the illegal alien reward program even further. Under the bill, deportation proceedings for any would-be "student" would grind to a halt.
Here's the amnesty smoking gun:
"Sec. 4 (a) (1) (f) -- REMOVAL OF ALIEN- The Secretary of Homeland Security shall not remove any alien who has a pending application for conditional status under this Act."
[S. 1545, PDF page 7]
Along with other immigration disasters like the Arizona amnesty plan, D.R.E.A.M is just another piece-by-piece selling-off of America to illegal alien scofflaws.
So whose dream is the D.R.E.A.M. Act's anyway?
Certainly not the three patriotic Senators who voted against it!
Just as there are only three Justices left on the U.S. Supreme Court [see page 31 of PDF], the 16-3 vote on S. 1545 reveals that there are only three Senators left on the Immigration Subcommittee still interested in the sovereignty of the United States.
As for the sixteen who did not listen to the wisdom of these three: there will come a day when it will not be so expedient to pander to the illegal alien lobby.
These sixteen, along with the 39 cosponsors of illegal alien "student" amnesty do not follow an American dream. They follow the dreams of self-serving AILA immigration lawyers, the ethnic identity merchants of LULAC, the Quaker American Friends Service Committee, and even a self-styled "social justice" group of habitless nuns. Their dreams support those of the cheater, the opportunist, the criminal – and the traitor.
Senators Chambliss, Sessions and Lindsey Graham disagree.
They and everyone who proudly abides by the immigration laws of the United States—whether American-born or not—dream that America should remain a nation of laws, and that illegal aliens should not be rewarded, but deported.