Here’s the latest. Numbers USA says the Senate “will resume consideration of H.R. 1585, the Defense Department authorization bill for fiscal year 2008, at 10:30 a.m” today…
The floor vote on the amendment containing the DREAM Act amnesty — new number: SA 2919 — may occur tomorrow. It will take 41 NO votes to kill this amnesty. Currently, only 20 Senators are telling their constituents that they will vote NO on the amnesty.
The Senate switchboard number again is 202-224-3121.
Grassfire.org reports a tsunami of faxes flooding the Capitol in opposition to the DREAM Act.
John Hawkins gathers intel from a Hill source.
Illegal alien students are coming out of the shadows to lobby, via the NYTimes:
In coordinated action, high school and college students who support the Senate measure staged “teach-ins” and visited lawmakers’ offices today in Florida, Idaho, New York, Oregon and Wisconsin. Twenty illegal immigrant students from California came to Washington to lobby for the bill, dressed in white coats and business suits to signify the medical and legal careers they hope to pursue. They held a news conference offering only their first names.
Investor’s Business Daily weighs in against this bad DREAM:
It gives aliens who entered this country before the age of 16, and who have successfully evaded the law for five years, conditional green-card status that can later be converted to a regular green card. Then it can be used to seek green cards for the parents who brought their child here illegally.
That this amounts to back-door amnesty is borne out by the legislation’s lack of an upper age limit for an illegal alien to apply. Any alien of any age can simply queue up at the nearest Customs and Immigration office and declare that he or she was here illegally before reaching 16. No documentation or proof is required.
It also allows illegal aliens to receive in-state tuition rates at public universities, discriminating against legal foreign students and children of U.S. citizens from other states. When she supported similar legislation as part of the failed comprehensive immigration reform package, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said: “Our country does not benefit by depriving young people of an education.” Does that include the children of U.S. citizens?
True, children of illegal aliens didn’t get a vote when their parents chose to enter the U.S. illegally. But our country does not benefit when its laws are ignored or its citizens are denied the same benefits available to those who have sneaked past the Border Patrol.
Durbin’s legislation repeals a 1996 law that bars any state from offering in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens who have gotten by a Border Patrol agent unless the children of that agent are also offered the same opportunity. After all, should illegal aliens in a state get preference over, say, the children of 9/11 victims?
Title 8, Chapter 14, Sec. 1623 clearly states that “an alien who is not lawfully present in the United States shall not be eligible on the basis of residence within a state . . . for any post-secondary education benefit unless a citizen or national is eligible for such a benefit.” Durbin’s legislation speaks only of benefiting “alien minors.”
Ten states (California, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Utah, Texas and Washington) have their own versions of DREAM. The financial benefits of these programs to illegal aliens are as great as the penalty imposed on U.S. citizens.