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What Is Wrong With The Dream Act?

The concept behind the Dream Act is that people who as children were brought illegally into the country by their illegal alien parents, were raised here, educated here, and think of themselves as Americans should be able to easily become citizens.

Those supporting this act in congress consider it a matter of fairness.  These young men and women are graduating from high school and supposedly only after applying for college or a job find out that they are not American citizens, but are in fact illegal aliens.  As such they are subject to arrest and deportation, just as their parents are.  Supporters point to the fact that these people had no choice in coming to the United States, they did not steal across the border of their own volition, but were brought in as innocents by their parents (who themselves were only seeking a better life).   All this is more or less true, though each individual case would probably have its own characteristics.

Therefore, they say, it is only fair that, if they have not committed crimes, and have completed high school, they should be able to attend college as a resident and upon graduation become a citizen.  A second path to citizenship in the proposed Dream Act would be for them to join the US military and upon receiving an honorable discharge they would become citizens.

I find a few things wrong with the basic premise and suggested solution proposed as part of the dream act.  The premise that they are somehow victims doesn’t really make sense; consider the following points:

  • They are in the United States in violation of our federal immigration law
  • They have received an elementary and high school education from our public school system
  • They have enjoyed government services intended for citizens
  • They have lived in better circumstances than they would have in their homeland
  • In many, if not most, cases the parents have worked without paying taxes
  • It is most likely that the majority of these students have known before they finished high school they and their family are illegal aliens, they just never thought they would be caught.

As you consider these things it is clear that they have directly benefited from their parents’ illegal activities, and are not victims of our system, but have victimized the system.  They were not entitled to the benefits they have already received.  In spite of this, the proposed act would give them resident student status, so they would pay in-state tuition and would be entitled to grants, loans, and scholarships.  In-state students are subsidized by taxpayer money, so they would continue freeloading on the American Taxpayer.  They would also be in competition with students who are legal citizens for this education, grants, loans, and scholarships.  As if that isn’t enough, because of their minority status, they would actually have an advantage over legal citizens.

The second proposal is more rational – After honorably serving in the armed forces, having taken the oath to defend the Constitution, and swearing loyalty to the US, they would be qualified to become naturalized citizens.  This is something that has historically been done before; non-citizens who volunteered in our military and served honorably have been granted citizenship.  So I say “no” to enrollment in college as a step to citizenship, but yes to military service as leading to citizenship.  If they want to be citizens let them join the service, and upon release go through the naturalization process.

‘Dream Act’ Cramdown Looms in Lame Duck Session

Florida Politicos Divided
November 19, 2010 Florida Review

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Via Twitter:

I will move the DREAM Act as a standalone bill in the lame duck. It’s good for the economy & Pentagon says good for natl security.

And so here it comes. As we have previously reported, the misleadingly named “DREAM Act” creates a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children. Individuals that prove to be of “good moral character” and either receive a college degree or complete at least two years of U.S. military service would qualify them to receive citizenship.

But lost in all the cheerful sounding rhetoric is the very dangerous fine print. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has issued a press release about the Dems’ DREAM Act and identified the following critical points about what the act really accomplishes:

1. The DREAM Act Is NOT Limited to Children, And It Will Be Funded On the Backs Of Hard Working, Law-Abiding Americans

2. The DREAM Act PROVIDES SAFE HARBOR FOR ANY ALIEN, Including Criminals, From Being Removed or Deported If They Simply Submit An Application

3. Certain Criminal Aliens Will Be Eligible For Amnesty Under The DREAM Act

4. Estimates Suggest That At Least 2.1 Million Illegal Aliens Will Be Eligible For the DREAM Act Amnesty. In Reality, We Have No Idea How Many Illegal Aliens Will Apply

5. Illegal Aliens Will Get In-State Tuition Benefits

6. The DREAM Act Does Not Require That An Illegal Alien Finish Any Type of Degree (Vocational, Two-Year, or Bachelor’s Degree) As A Condition of Amnesty

7. The DREAM Act does not require that an illegal alien serve in the military as a condition for amnesty, and There is ALREADY A Legal Process In Place For Illegal Aliens to Obtain U.S. Citizenship Through Military Service

8. Despite Their Current Illegal Status, DREAM Act Aliens Will Be Given All The Rights That Legal Immigrants Receive—Including The Legal Right To Sponsor Their Parents and Extended Family Members For Immigration

9. Current Illegal Aliens Will Get Federal Student Loans, Federal Work Study Programs, and Other Forms of Federal Financial Aid

10. DHS Is Prohibited From Using the Information Provided By Illegal Aliens Whose DREAM Act Amnesty Applications Are Denied To Initiate Their Removal Proceedings or Investigate or Prosecute Fraud in the Application Process

South Florida’s Republican Congressional Delegation is also split on the matter, as Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen are supporters of this act. Their support of this law in indefensible in many regards, not the least of which are millions of desperate unemployed American workers and our near 10 percent unemployment rate. Why do we want to issue work permits to illegal aliens at this juncture when 22 million Americans can’t find a full-time job?

Newly elected Senator Marco Rubio does not stand in solidarity with his ‘neighborhood’ Congressional representatives, as he has fervently opposed the Dream ACT since beginning his Senatorial run in 2009. He issued the following statement to the Shark Tank:

“As I’ve said before, obviously there are children who are brought here by their parents when they were very young, illegally, but who are high academic achievers or want to serve in the Armed Forces and we should figure out a way to accommodate children in that specific situation. But the DREAM Act, as I have read it, goes well beyond that. It’s much broader and is not the right approach to that issue. In fact, it makes having a legal immigration system that works harder to accomplish. I have the same position I had during the campaign.”- Senator-Elect Marco Rubio

Supporters of DREAM continue to mislead the public and dominate the rhetoric by talking about a very small group of teenage students who shouldn’t be punished for the illegal actions of their parents who supposedly brought them to the U.S. as young children. In actuality, the law will cover far illegal immigrants that this small group. Instead, we should be supporting the implementation of E-Verify to guarantee that American citizens are given preference and illegals are restricted from obtaining employment.

By expressing their support for the “Dream Act”, Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart are now in bed with President Obama, Harry Reid and Congressional Hispanic Caucus-all 23 members of which are Democrats and who have sympathies for the Castro/Chavez regimes. And they say that politics makes for strange bedfellows? Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen and Congressman Diaz-Balart need to reconsider their position on the issue and reflect accurately on the damage it would do to both our national security and our economy- regardless of what Harry Reid says.

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