Wonder what you would find if you frisked the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (D.R.E.A.M.) Act?
Answers: This devious piece of legislation was passed in the United States House of Representatives last night.
Do not be fooled by the name of this bill. The real goal of the DREAM Act is to provide amnesty for those who chose to enter our country illegally and make it even harder to enforce our immigration laws.
The Democrats are trying desperately to portray this disastrous piece of legislation as something that will benefit only children. Unfortunately, that is not true at all:
It will basically extend an amnesty to an estimated 2.1 million illegal aliens who are as old as 35 or 30, depending on which version of DREAM you are looking at. But because aliens granted citizenship under the DREAM Act could then sponsor their spouses, children, siblings, and parents, chain migration could result in triple that number of illegal aliens ultimately receiving amnesty and becoming citizens.
What is even more of a joke is the requirements of college and the Armed Forces in-order to secure amnesty for themselves (and potentially their entire family):
You only have to show that you completed two years of college to be entitled to amnesty – there is no requirement that you actually obtain a degree.
But even those requirements to complete two years of college education or uniformed service can be waived by the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, if the alien can demonstrate “compelling circumstances” and the alien’s removal would cause a hardship to the alien, his spouse, parents or children. This is such a loose, wide-open standard that it is no standard at all. Aliens are always going to claim it is a hardship for them and their families if they are removed from the United States, even if the hardship is of their own making when they showed such a disregard for our laws by illegally entering the country, illegally working, and, in many cases, obtaining fraudulent identification and other authorization documents.
Unfortunately, there are a lot more negative and potential unintended consequences buried inside this hideous piece of legislation. Overall, it is designed to encourage illegal activity and reward lawbreakers, while ignoring enforcement and border security.
Speaking on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives last night, Democrats lined up to rattle off their key (but false) talking point: The DREAM Act is crucial, because it will help those who complete college or military service. Unfortunately, a majority of them failed to disclose the true details of this Nightmare Act and it passed… 216-198.
Democrats are not the only ones to blame. Here are the eight Republicans who crossed the aisle to vote yes for amnesty:
- Joe Cao (defeated in the general election)
- Mike Castle (defeated in the primary)
- Lincoln Diaz-Balart (retiring)
- Mario Diaz-Balart
- Charles Djou (defeated in the general election)
- Vern Ehlers (retiring)
- Bob Inglis (defeated in the primary)
- Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Ladies and gentlemen… That’s what the lame-duck session of congress will do.
Although last night’s final vote count was extremely disappointing, there is still light on the horizon: Passage in the U.S. Senate is unlikely.
For the sake of our country, let’s hope they are right and we are able to stop this Nightmare Act.
*UPDATE* – December 18, 2010 – 1:15 PM.