I’ve been covering the bipartisan open-borders push for the illegal alien DREAM Act since 2004. Quick legislative recap:
Senate Republicans beat back the attempt to give special in-state college tuition preference to illegal aliens in 2007. It fell eight votes short of cloture in 2008 and was reintroduced in the House in 2009 to no avail. Democrats outside Washington have grown increasingly averse to signing on to such illegal alien incentives — especially as the Obama jobs death toll mounts and economic confidence plummets. I noted last year that a state-level DREAM Act failed here in Colorado when several Democrats crossed the aisle:
Democratic Sens. Morgan Carroll of Aurora, Jim Isgar of Hesperus, Moe Keller of Wheat Ridge, Linda Newell of Littleton and Lois Tochtrop of Thornton voted against the bill.
Carroll, after the debate, referred reporters to a statement on her website that said she could not support the bill “in a climate where the state is cutting or eliminating over $1 billion of benefits to the people and is facing a $300 million cut to higher education, which virtually ends higher education as we know it in the state of Colorado.”
Isgar and Tochtrop made similar comments about cuts to colleges, while Keller declined comment on her vote.
Newell, who was elected in November by a razor-thin margin, simply said “I listened to my constituents” when asked about her vote.
Now, via The Hill, Hapless Harry “I heart undocumented Americans” Reid has announced he’ll attach a DREAM Act amendment to the defense appropriations bill:
This work period, the Senate will consider the Defense Authorization bill. Along with critical support for our national security forces around the world, this legislation will address two other important issues that are long overdue.
Passage of this bill would overturn the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ rule for our armed forces. We will finally send a loud and clear message that everyone who steps up to serve our country should and will be welcomed regardless of sexual orientation.
We are also offering an amendment to pass the DREAM Act. This amendment will ensure that millions of children who grow up as Americans will be able to get the education they need to contribute to our economy. Students who come to America before age 16 and who have been here for five years should be able get their green card after they go to college or serve in the military. And many who have volunteered to defend our country can finally become citizens of it.
Reid might want to take a page from Colorado Democrats and, you know, listen to his law-abiding constituents.
Just a reminder about the open-borders Republicans who have supported the DREAM Act:
Utah GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch is one of the original architects of the DREAM Act. So is Indiana GOP Sen. Dick Lugar. Other GOP Senators who have voted for the DREAM Act: Bob Bennett, Sam Brownback, Norm Coleman, Susan Collins, Larry Craig. Chuck Hagel, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Trent Lott, Mel Martinez, Olympia Snowe. Former Arkansas GOP governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is not only for the DREAM Act, but for vastly expanding tuition benefits for illegal aliens.
Harry Reid isn’t the only one out of touch.
McCain tells illegal alien students he will work to “resolve their issues” and pass a DREAM Act after he “secures the border,” which shouldn’t take long, he says.