Thursday, December 9, 2010

Time for the Senate to slay this beast

The bad news: Yesterday, the still Democrat-controlled House approved the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, a.k.a. the Dream Act.
The good news: The measure is unlikely to survive passage through the Senate. Even Dick Turbin ... excuse me, I mean Durbin, admitted that getting the sixty votes needed for Senate approval is "an uphill struggle."
Good. Whose dream is engendered by the Dream Act? It's been sold to us by liberals as a way of acknowledging that foreign-born children brought to the U.S. by their parents had no say in the matter and therefore should be given the chance to gain legal status. The Dream Act stipulates that these lawbreakers' offspring will be eligible for legal status up to the age of 35, though some reports say the cut-off age will be 29. A 29-year-old is a minor? Better tell them they're not allowed to drink any cervesas until they turn thirty.
Once these 12 million illegals gain their amnesty—because that's exactly what this legislation proposes—they'll be able to bring over their extended relatives and, before you know it, welfare dependency will skyrocket.
Of course, there will be illegals who will work due to the unscrupulous nature of some businesses and service sectors. Why should they hire a Miller, a McCarthy or a Moretti when there's a Mendoza or a Morales who will do the job for less and doesn't give a stuff about employee benefits and whatever else is considered important to pampered American workers.
The Obama White House has called the immigration system "broken." How dare they? The immigration system was working fine before the Hart-Celler Act of 1965 smashed our ability to control immigration to pieces. Gone were the caps from the 1924 and 1952 Immigration and Nationality Acts. The Simpson-Mazzoli Act of 1986, which Ronald Reagan was duped into signing or actually believed would place restrictions on illegals—he later called this the worst mistake of his Presidency—granted amnesty to 3 million illegals. Mr. Obama, the American immigration system was broken long before you came into office; now you just want to break it even more.
(Not that I entirely blame you, Mr. President. Your predecessor, George W. Bush, was every bit as mush-headed as you when it came to amnesty for illegals.)
If the 12 million "minors" who are depending on passage of the Dream Act don't like what their parents did, then they can prove their willingness to respect the country by standing in line and jumping through hoops in order to gain legal citizenship. You know, the way it used to be done before Lyndon Johnson screwed us all.
The Democrats and their loony-Left allies know this is the last chance to achieve "immigration reform," hence the struggle to rush it through a lame-duck Congress. It's up to the Senate today to slay this beast. The "Dream" may die, but sanity will at least remain on life support with a chance for improvement.


rocslinger said...

One piece of this legislation I might be able to get behind is the option of gaining citizenship by serving in the armed forces but I thought that was already an option. Secure the borders first and than I would be willing to hear options of what to do with the illegals that are here now.

Nightdragon said...

I love how this is being presented to us as if every single amnesty case is itching to get a graduate degree, serve in the military or otherwise serve the country in a way that a regular American citizen wouldn't or couldn't. It's patronizing.

And, I'm sorry, but attending college and serving in the military are not even close to being the same thing, in terms of what you give to the country or what you've sacrificed. So why are we equating them?

Glenn Beck said it too -- secure the borders and then figure out what to do with the illegals who are already here. Such as removing all options for welfare or family re-unification so maybe they get the hint and apply to live in the U.S. legally. A 2-for-1 problem solver!

rocslinger said...

Having served proudly in the military I am certainly not being patronizing. If someone will put his life on the line for their adopted country, in my opinion, has proven his worth and where his loyalties lay. Yes, college does not equate.

Nightdragon said...

No, you aren't being patronizing. I said it was supporters and proponents of this legislation who were, by telling Americans that earning a degree is every bit as much proving their loyalty to the U.S. as serving in the military. Sorry, unless you're going to take that degree and contribute something that makes a notable difference in the lives of American citizens for the better, then it doesn't even come close to military service. And I say this as a college-graduated civilian myself.

Most of these illegals are going to use that free college tuition to earn law degrees and become immigration lawyers. You can just see that one coming.

goddessdivine said...

It's interesting if you look at the immigration policies of the vast majority of other countries; esp those of Latin America. And we're the mean ones? These people need to come in the front door and follow the rules like everybody else. If they don't like that, then they can leave.

I too scratched my head with the equating of military service and college education. No dice. And it's not like these guys are jumping at the chance to receive an education.

rocslinger said...

"Immigration lawyers"- nice one.