Amnesty is back in the Dream Act
A Nightmare, tucked into the Defense Bill
By Carolyn Cormey
Happening right now - the Senate is currently debating the must-pass Defense Bill and it will be coming up for a vote, perhaps within days. "Quietly" tucked in among the many amendments attached to this Bill is The Dream Act - that provides "Amnesty" and preferential provisions for illegal alien students to pay only in-state tuition at whatever state college or state university they choose to enroll in, anywhere in the country. No such luck for students who are US Citizens.
The Dream Act Sponsors - Senate Presidential Candidates: Clinton, Obama, Dodd and Kerry have joined a few other Senators determined to pass another piece of legislation that provides "Amnesty" and preferential treatment to Illegal Aliens. Two months ago, our Senators "got the message," that we do not want this kind of legislation passed, when the US Senate Switchboard was overwhelmed and Senator's voice mails were filled time and time again with our phone calls asking for each Senator not to pass the "Comprehensive Immigration (Amnesty) Bill of 2007." All polls have confirmed that this message is shared by the overwhelming majority of American Citizen voters.
Our Senate Presidential Candidates ignore us: In looking ahead to the election, it appears that these Presidential Candidate Senators have decided that there are more important voices to listen to with more pressing political agendas that might lead to more election funds to fill political party coffers (corporate donors?) and promises of new voting blocks to support political party candidates (Special Interest Groups?) in the coming election. Whatever their reasons, it is obvious that our Senate Presidential Candidates have chosen to disregard our citizen majority message. Knowing that the "Dream Act" would never pass as stand-alone legislation, the Candidate-Sponsors decided to "quietly" hide it among the many amendments to the must-pass Defense Bill. Perhaps they are hoping that the Dream Act will stay under the radar of the other Senators who are caught up debating the more visible, controversial parts of the Defense Bill. Perhaps that time will run out and the vote will be called before Senators can debate or remove the Dream Act.
Many of the Senators who "got the message" and voted against the last major "Amnesty" Bill are not aware of the changes and additions to this "new" version of The Dream Act. They think it just provides some in-state tuition breaks for a relatively few Illegal alien kids going to college - and - many of our Senators are willing take our heat for that. However, the new Dream Act, brought to us by our Senate Presidential Candidates (encouraged by friends?), bring us so much more! After reading this, perhaps you might want to call your Senators to let them know that they need to read and analyze it more carefully. Senate Switchboard, 202-224-3121
"The Dream Act," Amnesty
The Dream - In-state tuition breaks for illegal aliens:
The Dream Act is the Bill that just keeps on giving but only if you are an illegal alien. If you are a US Citizen or if you are a foreigner - who has entered our country legally, to become a citizen or go to school - you are out of luck! This bill provides nothing for you. As citizens - we simply get to pick up the check for the Dream Act by raising taxes or cutting citizen programs. But then - it must offer something to our Senate Presidential Candidates for their generosity. What do you think that is?
Our Senate Presidential Candidates don't seem the least bit worried about voter retaliation against them in the next election - for secreting and sneaking this Dream Act (with "Amnesty and preferential treatment for illegal aliens) Defense Bill, disregarding the loud and clear message sent by the vast majority of Ameri(an voters just two months ago. Perhaps these Presidential Senate Candidates are counting on their belief that the vast majority of American voters are not too intelligent, have a very short attention span, an even shorter memory and will be quickly distracted by the next political event. Perhaps the Senate Candidates have really begun to believe that the Iraq War will be only thing really on the mind of the American voter when they go into the booth to vote. Are they right?
Plenty of time between now and the election . . . isn't there?! As the excitement around the coming election ramps up, our Senate Presidential Candidates seem confident that we will have moved on and won't remember. After all, they will bring us many new, exciting promises that we can really count on, if we just make one of them President. What more could we want?
The time is short: If you have an opinion to share about the Dream Act, you had better act, right now. Call the Senate Switchboard, 202-224-3121, ask to be transferred to your Senator - then call back and ask to transferred to one of the Sponsors of the Dream Act and ask them "why?"
(Next Senate Watch - the SKIL Act - A plan to flood our labor market?)
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