Now is the time to melt those phone lines and make yourselves heard on the multi-billion-dollar DREAM Act illegal alien student bailout.
The Senate is scheduled to take a cloture vote on the DREAM Act at 4pm Eastern today.
More info here.
One interesting development among squishy Senate Republicans. I heard from Sen. McCain’s office yesterday asking me to remove his name from the list of fence-sitters. An aide wrote: McCain has “clearly expressed his opposition to the DREAM Act and will be voting against it when it eventually comes to the floor.”
Apparently, some time between Nov. 18 (when I last reported on the fence-sitters) and Dec. 6, McCain quietly made up his mind. The aide pointed to this Huffington Post article on Dec. 6 as evidence of his “clearly expressed” opposition to the DREAM Act. As far as I can find, there is no other public statement on his website or any other mainstream articles about his new opposition to the DREAM Act. Take it for what it’s worth. But I’m keeping him on the must-call list.
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN 202-224-2235; 480-897-6289
SEN. OLYMPIA SNOWE 202-224-5344; 207-874-0883
SEN. LISA MURKOWSKI 202-224-6665; 907-271-3735
SEN. SUSAN COLLINS 202-224-2523; 207-945-0417
SEN. SAM BROWNBACK 202-224-6521; 785-233-2503
Related good read from Roy Beck: Congress Votes Today on Millions of 10-Year Work Permits for Illegal Aliens
When the House and Senate (presumably) vote this afternoon, I think it is important to frame the issue in terms of giving out millions of additional 10-year work permits.
You see, even people who don’t qualify in the first place or who do qualify for the provisional amnesty but never meet the educational criteria later — all of them can get a 10-year work permit from the start.
Here’s the way it would work under the latest DREAM amnesty bill introduced in the Senate (and coming up for a vote today):
THE 10-YEAR WORK PERMITS FOR PEOPLE WHO DO NOT QUALIFY
1. Application: The DREAM amnesty begins with illegal aliens filling out applications. They merely have to claim — not provide evidence — that they meet criteria of having been brought to the U.S. before age 16 and being under the age of 30 at time of enactment and being present in the U.S. at least 5 years before enactment of the amnesty, among other criteria.
2. Work Permits Given: Upon filing the application, the illegal aliens are given a 10-year work permit to compete directly with the 22 million Americans who want a full-time job but can’t find one.
Estimates suggest that up to 2 million illegal aliens could legitimately qualify for the opening application, and perhaps a couple million more might be or look young enough to fraudulantly apply.
Those millions would immediately be able to legally compete for any U.S. job…