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Democrats make final push for DREAM Act

With the clock ticking toward the end of the 111th Congress, Democrats are making a final push to advance a measure that would extend a path to citizenship to millions of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States by their parents.

The House and Senate will hold votes on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors or “DREAM” Act today, although it is unlikely to pass given Republican resistance. This is presumably the last chance immigration reform advocates have to pass a bill on the issue this year. Democratic Whip Sen. Dick Durbin conceded Wednesday that the push would be an “an uphill struggle in both the House and the Senate” and said he “doubts” Democrats will hold another vote before Congress adjourns.

The bill in part would provide a path to citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants if they agree to apply to seek an educational degree or serve in the United States military.

“We’re going to have a vote today, and it’s about time,” said Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, whose eyes appeared to well up as he addressed reporters Wednesday morning.

Despite the last-minute push, the hurdles the bill faces in the Senate are likely to be too high for the measure to pass.

Last week all 42 Senate Democrats signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that said the party would not consider voting for any measures until the Bush-era tax rates are extended and Congress passes a resolution to fund the government into the next year. The measure requires 60 votes in the Senates to pass cloture, which means any bill will require bipartisan support.

Failure to pass the bill would likely suspend the measure for years. Republicans, who have broadly spoken out against the proposal, will assume control of the House in January and close the gap on the Democratic majority in the Senate. Opponents contend that the proposal is a form of “amnesty” for a portion of the population who immigrated to the United States illegally. The bill’s backers counter that children should not be punished for the actions of their parents.

The bill has the support of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who touted her record on border enforcement Wednesday and said that her department has deported more undocumented immigrants in the past two years than in “any other two-year period.”

“Having a law to deport young people who are graduating from high school, who are going to college or have served in our military in active duty makes no sense,” Napolitano said.

The bill, she argued, would allow the department to focus on deporting undocumented immigrants who commit felonies, instead of the children of parents who cross the border illegally, which is a civil offense.

In September, the Senate blocked a defense spending bill that included the DREAM Act and will take a cloture vote exclusively on the measure Wednesday at 4:00 PM.

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  • brittanicus

    MAKE–YOUR–VOICE–KNOWN–ON–THE–DREAM–ACT–TRAVESTY. TODAY 4.00 EST

    MAKE YOUR EMERGENCY CALL TODAY. NOW! CALL YOUR SENATOR OR HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE.

    THIS IS ANOTHER LIBERAL PROGRESSIVE TAX AND SPEND.

    Those taxpayers who have had enough, BOMBARD your Senators with your words and your Members of Congress to oppose the DREAM Act Amnesty — 202-224-3121 NumbersUSA for details. NumbersUSA will inform you of the truth.

    Majority Senate Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois predicts the Dream act will come up for a vote Wednesday. We cannot let Senator Reid and his demagogues lever this badly worded immigration bill in for a vote. With Senator Reid at the helm of his Liberal ship, he cannot be allowed to pass this law–as is? It will cause another Chain Migration avalanche of family members, who eventually will end up on the welfare rolls. This became predominant after first of sixth amnesties that began in 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli bill.

    There is absolutely no question that in the coming years, student family members will become a further economic encumbrance on the middle class once –Chain Migration–is underway. Hundreds of thousands or even millions will enter America through Chain migration. Eventually the sponsor cannot or will not support the immediate family members. This burden will fall upon this nations public benefit system. Old sponsored family members will become sick and without the subsistence of the original sponsor will end up in the emergency county hospital. Hundreds of hospitals right now are overrun with newcomers on dialysis procedures, costing billions of dollars a year. Sisters entering America through the Chain migration in turn will have their own babies who will collect instant citizenship and the whole vicious cycle will never be closed, as our population will explode as with the 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli bill.This nation cannot afford this monstrosity of a bill, in this fiscal period with America teetering on a 14 Trillion dollar edge of insolvency. This is not just about the US treasury, but almost every State the money reservoir are badly depleted from the illegal alien welfare programs.

    California-the Sanctuary State—on the front line of illegal immigration has serious money problems. The illegal alien entitlement programs is rampant around this nation.

    Just because someone does not agree with the provisions of the Dream Act, does not mean they are a racist. When the Tea Party memberships were branded as racist, the illegal alien students lost their argument with American people. For over twenty years citizens and permanent residents have been paying for children of illegal alien parents in education through K-12, health care and a host of other welfare entitlements. This includes the babies intentionally born in this country, so the parents cannot be deported and able to collect food stamps, medical in the name of the baby. The average population grows from instant citizenship children of 300 thousand a year. Taking advantage of the badly interpreted 14th amendment, that gives instant citizenship to the infants of illegal alien mothers.

    It seems the more the taxpayer gives, the more foreign trespassers demand. The Dream Act is another ideology born of Liberal progressives who seem to believe we as a nation have an obligation to support every impoverished person, who manages to slip through our borders either on foot, vehicle or by plane. As I have repeated before-there will be more taxes needed to pay for this back-door amnesty.

    Illegal alien students are not exempt from joining the armed services in time of war. Once enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces, under 8 USC § 1440, these illegal aliens can become naturalized citizens through expedited processing, often obtaining U.S. citizenship in six months? Every student or any foreign national has the option of being recruited for the military, without the need for passing the Dream Act.
    With regards to States as Arizona, California, Texas and New Mexico being financial impacted by the illegal alien occupation. If the Federal governments failure to enforce our border with a national military presence or the original double layer fencing barrier, then states should have a right to police the best way they can in protecting Americans from foreigners who cross the border with an intentions to do harm or other criminal activity. The US Supreme Court should do the right thing for every state that is under continuous bombardment by economic illegal aliens and dangerous persons, that has propagated across our country. SCOTUS should see through business entities such as the US Chamber of Commerce, whose main involvement is profitable gain for its business owner subscribers. Include in these complainants organizations who have a financial interest in bringing in illegal aliens, such as immigration attorneys who make their living in filing documents and consultations with the influx of people.

  • DANIEL CABRERA

    SIMPLE APROACH TO THE ILLEGAL ALIENS INFESTATION

    Here is a plan,…just,walk with me;

    ILLEGALS AUTO-DEPORTATION PROGRAM…NOT COST TO AMERICANS TAXPAYERS, NOR TO LEGAL RESIDENT TAXPAYERS;
    __________________

    I found this statement out there; – “SORRY – BUT I DO SUPPORT SENDING 30 MILLION ILLEGALS BACK HOME”
    ————–
    Actually, it is not so complicated at all…just walk with me;

    Since we did not paid them to come here illegally,… we ARE NOT! to pay them for going in an AUTO-DEPORTATION PROGRAM OF THEIR OWN.

    ALL THE ILLEGALS RESIDENTS CAN GO BACK VERY EASILY TAKING THEIR VERY OWN SPTEPS BACKWARDS….THE SAME PRCOCEDURES THEY USED TO COME HERE ILLEGALLY , JUST TAKE EACH AND EVERY STEP BCKWARD…

    …BY THEIR OWN VOLITION,…THEIR OWN EFFORT,…

    …And so, it will not cost not even a penny to our taxpayers to se them ALL OF THEM GO BACK TO THEIR POINT OF ORIGIN.

    And then, ALL OF THEM – I repeat – ALL OF THEM ARE QUITE WELCOME TO APPLY LEGALLY – I repeat – LEGALLY / WITH THE PROPER BY-LAW AND RULES CHANELS,…TO SUBMIT FOR RESIDENCY INTO OUR COUNTRY.

    And THAT! my dear fellows american is the correct way.

    THIS IS A NATION OF LAW AND ORDER AND WE CANNOT, SHOULD NOT AND MUST NOT ENCOURAGE ILLEGAL PRACTICES, NOR REAWRD CRIME AND OUT-OF LAW ENDEVOURS…

    … AND VERY VERY IMPORTANT WE SHOULD NOT AND MUST NOT ALLOW OURSELVES TO MAKE ANY KIND OF DEALS WITH TERRORISTS FROM ABORAD OR DOMESTIC…and… WE HAVE A HEAVY GROUP OF THEM RIGHT HERE IN OUR VERY GROUND.

    Are we clear on this?

    Opinions welcome.

    Daniel Cabrera
    Merrillville,Indiana

  • rockhard

    The dems who support this nightmare act have lost their feaking mind if they think we need 20 Million illegals to comepete with American workers and American poor who need goverment help. its just crazy what they are trying to do against the American people. I hope americans remember each and every one of these traitors and vote them out.

  • DANIEL CABRERA

    Ahh!!, the ‘dream act’….actually a back-door to amnesty….correct on that one?

    ‘CORRUPTOCRATS’…meaning, LIBERAL-DEMOCRATS AND SOLD-OUT TO ‘SPECIAL INTERESTS’ REPUBLICANS ASSOCIATES – (RINO’s)..THAT PACK OF ANTI-CONSTITUTIONALISTS, ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE, ENEMIES OF THE STATE…TRAITORS, if you will…

    … ALL OF THEM WILL TRY EVERYTHING IN THE BOOK, AND EVEN WHATEVER IS NOT IN THE BOOK TO PRESERVE POWER IN ORDER TO CONTINUE THE SABOTAGE AGENDA AGAINST OUR GREAT COUNTRY…FOR THEY DO NOT CARE A BIT ABOUT ANYTHING BUT THEMSELVES SELFISHLY.

    And now, the so called ‘dream-act’…let’s just think about this one for a moment, shall we?
    ______________

    So they (liberal-democrats) try over and over for this;- “AMNESTY IS A 100% DONE DEAL ALREADY”
    For more information go to http://www.MinutemanHQ.com
    ————–
    One simple question;-

    WHO? who would be…IN ACCEPTANCE…or…COMFORTABLE…or…IN AGREEMENT…or…HAPPY…IF anyone strange – AN OUTSIDER -…in others words…SOMEONE WHO IS NOT!….I repeat…IS NOT! SUPOSE TO BE THERE IN YOUR HOME….comes to your house and TAKE YOUR FOOD…TAKES THE CLOTH AND ITEMS FROM YOUR CHILDREN…USE YOUR SHOWER, AND BED AND AUTOMOVILE…YOUR MONEY…EVERYTHING…VIRTUALLY DISPLACE YOU?

    So…what?….WHAT?…..WHAT?….WHAT IS THE ANSWER TO THIS ONE?

    Opinions welcome.

    Daniel Cabrera
    Merrillville,Indiana

  • DANIEL CABRERA

    THE ‘DREAM ACT’,AND ‘THE LUIS GUTIERREZ FACTOR’;
    ________________________

    This statement is out there;- “CAN HISPANIC RACIST LUIS GUTIERREZ FUEL THE LATINO REVOLT?”
    ———
    Actually it sound about right,…and will not take for suprise if others factors come to the surface on the ongoing MASSIVE ILLEGAL THREAT.

    Now this man, Gutierrez, does not represent the very best for our country – evidently is as TOXIC AS ANYONE FROM THE LIBERAL-DEMOCRAT SPECTRUM nowadays.

    In addition, this statement is out there also, anyone can find it even in this very forum;-
    “MEXICAN GOVERNMENT, CAN’T AFFORD TO WIN, AGAINST DRUG CARTELS !”
    ————————-

    You know what?…my mind is loaded with skepticism on this thing of… ‘MEJICO (PRES CALDERON) WAR AGAINST DRUG CARTELS’.

    It is known that CORRUPTION IN INSIDE POLICE, MILITARY …actually THE ENTIRE GOVERMENTAL SPECTRUM THERE IN MEJICO.

    The corruption is not only drugs, but it also involves, human smugling (illlegal immigration and prostitution), terrorist infiltration…etc,etc,…well,….the works!

    Murders take place against governement officials, bonafide police , journalists, regular citizens bystanders….anyone…

    …and here is the ‘kicker’…from all the people in governemnt – there in MEJICO….PRES CALDERON STILL STANDING…untouched,…well protected from drug cartels and others crime-lords enterprises….

    …why?..how come?…is he (FELIPE CALDERON) that strong that the crime-lords cannot get at him?

    I read in few blogs out there that perhaps Calderon himself is part of the stronger crime organization in that country and that is the reason why so far is not down and so is posing as GREAT AVATAR against crime,…

    …and now – oposing to closing borders in the southern part of USA, and joning forces with others ELEVEN MORE NATION IN LATIN-AMERICA…AND WITH THE HOLDER-NAPOLITANO-OBAMA ‘JUSTICE DEPARTMENT’ COLABORATION…FOR ‘OPEN BORDERS’ AND EVENTUALLY FAST AMNESTY,…he is hoping to gain in the case,…so he can expand the crime here inside USA.

    Some views I read here and there, suggest that LUIS GUTIERREZ IS LIKE A ‘INSIDE LIASSON’ here in our country in order to facilitate the plans.

    Well, right now is as some others revolting agitators very well known out there ,…such as SHARPTON,…FARRAHKAN, and others weeds,…correct ont that one?

    As for me?…the whole tapestry of action is quite interesting,…intruiguing indeed.

    What ever the dynamics may be…or as for ‘CONSPIRACY THEORY’ it may sound…it would be prudent to be very observant and alert to anything that moves.

    Your guess is as good as anyone guess out there.

    Daniel Cabrera
    Merrillville,Indiana

  • votersofny

    This is a crime that the people who are representing us are ignoring our wishes. We must remember each and every one of these traitors who are giving our country away just to get more Democrat voters. They should be ashamed of themselves.

  • jdw

    This will give a backdoor amnesty to their parents and will allow them to bring other members of their family from their country of origin. This will only put more strain on the welfare/Medicaid and SS/Medicare systems.
    Besides, I can bet that most will take the education route!

  • Momma M

    These criminals (of all ages) have been GIVEN far more than they deserve already! They should take their stolen education BACK to Mexico and fight to imporve THEIR country – rather than steal OURS!
    I don’t understand how you can simply “steal” a future and expected to be pardoned by the victims of such thievery.
    This isn’t a dream, it’s a nightmare and we MUST wake up before it’s too late!

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