Posted by: Debby Durkee | December 17, 2010

DREAM Act nightmare.

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Dream Act nightmare.

Another push from Harry Reid and the Democrats in this rushed lame duck session of Congress is the DREAM Act, a nightmare of a legislation that would automatically put children of illegal aliens on track for citizenship. The act, as Heather MacDonald over at National Review Online has indicated, might tear at the nation’s heartstrings, but its end result is only to encourage more and more illegal alien entrants into our over-taxed, over-burdened, and increasingly third-world-looking southwest corridor. See Victor Davis Hanson’s excellent piece on two Californias here: With the recent killing of a border guard in Arizona, is this really the time to be encouraging more law breaking from our increasingly violent neighbors to the South? Here’s MacDonald:

An illegal alien who brings his or her child into the country illegally undoubtedly assumes that that child will attend American schools at taxpayer expense.  The parent may also hope that the child will graduate from high school and go on to college. The DREAM Act, newly reintroduced by Sen. Harry Reid to the lame-duck session, puts the official imprimatur on those unofficial intentions, declaring that the U.S. expects and even welcomes such behavior.

Under the DREAM Act, any illegal alien under the age of 35 who entered the country before the age of 16 can apply for legal status if he obtains a GED or graduates from high school and begins post-secondary education. Gang members and those with DUI convictions are not barred from DREAM Act eligibility. The act signals to prospective illegal aliens the world over that if they can just get their child across the border illegally, they have put him on the path towards U.S. citizenship — and, as significant, the child will then be able to apply for legal status for his parents and siblings. And every such student will be granted in-state tuition rates by federal fiat, even if the state in which he resides bans in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.

…(The DREAM Act) continues to send the message that the U.S. is not serious about its immigration laws, but will always eventually confer the same benefits on people who break the law entering the country as on those immigrants who respected American law…

MacDonald also mentions the fact that there will be enormous administrative costs borne by us taxpayers to get this thing off the ground. Is that really where we want our money going in a time of budget-busting bills and massive unemployment?

The lesson of moral hazard is clear: Making exceptions to the rule of law for sympathetic law-breakers only creates more law-breaking and more injustice towards the law-abiding in the future…

Read all of MacDonald here:

Katrina Trinko says seven Republican senators might vote for this monstrosity. And, of course, these are names we’re all familiar with.

In a conference call with reporters (December 7), Cecilia Munoz, White House director of intergovernmental affairs, said, “It looks very much like the outcome [of the Senate DREAM Act vote] is going to depend on whether we have that level of Republican support,” a reference to the GOP senators who had backed the measure in 2007. Munoz added that the White House was working very hard “to make sure this is a positive vote.”

Sen. Bob Bennett (R., Utah) has publicly stated he will support the DREAM Act again…

Spokespersons for Sens. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah), a former sponsor of the bill, and Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R., Texas) indicated to NRO in November that neither senator would be supporting the legislation.

Sen. Richard Lugar (R., Indiana), formerly a co-sponsor, is now undecided. Sens. Sam Brownback (R., Kansas), Susan Collins (R., Maine), and Olympia Snowe (R., Maine), all of whom backed the legislation in 2007, have not announced their votes yet. There is also speculation that Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) may back the bill this year, although she voted against it in 2007.

Seven current Senate Democrats did not support the DREAM Act in 2007, making gaining GOP votes crucial to succeed in passing the measure.

If any of these folks are your senators, get on the phone. Read all of Trinko here:

Michelle Malkin takes note that as the murder of Brian Terry, the Border Agent who was killed Tuesday night in a gun battle 10 miles north of the Mexican border in Nogales and as the search continues for one of the suspects (four are in FBI custody), Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano refused to meet with several law enforcement officials in Arizona while she was there yesterday. Malkin says Napolitano’s focus is on environmental justice, not securing the border or protecting American border patrol agents or Americans living in the border region.

Nor is it obvious given the warped priorities she laid out a (Dec. 15) White House environmental justice conference. Yes, environmental justice.

Here’s the White House press release trumpeting the shindig.

Carter Wood at Shopfloor has the scoop. Be sure to click on the link for access to the full, nausea-inducing transcript:

This isn’t necessarily surprising rhetoric to have come the “environmental justice” crowd, but it’s alarming to hear at the White House. And it’s just weird to hear Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, describe her department’s focus on environmental justice and climate adaptation. (Audio, our transcript):

So as we look at climate change, the climate change that we are in, and think about the environmental phenomenon that is happening in the course of our own lives, we translate that into increased drought. We translate that into increased likelihood of wildfires, particularly catastrophic fires in the West, we translate that into more category four and five hurricanes, and that affects communities around the gulf but also up and down the Atlantic seaboard and the Pacific as well, and other natural occurrences that are affected by changes in climate.

Changes in climate really translate into huge environmental changes that have impacts on communities and also on national security, because they raise not only the issues of making sure that we are taking into account and caring for the most at-risk populations, but that we are also looking at and planning for the potentiality of mass migrations, demographic changes, patterns, concentrations of economic assets, population growth in different areas, deteriorating infrastructure. All of this gets knit together under this umbrella of climate change and environmental adaptation.

That’s an expansive, expensive agenda, isn’t it? We thought Congress formed the Department of Homeland Security to more effectively address imminent threats to the American people, priorities like fighting terrorism, controlling our borders, and handling security at our ports and airports. Turns out the Department is instead working on EVERYTHING!

And remember that this is all happening as Democrats try to push through a land grab that would undermine the already imperiled enforcement efforts at the border and an illegal alien student bailout that would encourage more illegal immigration.

So, what do we have here? A Democrat Party trying to legalize illegal aliens at taxpayers’ expense, an ever-increasing violent Mexico with its violence spilling over the border in myriad of ways, its most recent manifestation – the murder of a United States Border Agent (who was a former Marine). On top of that you have a totally unserious secretary of Homeland Security in the former Arizona governor Janet Napolitano who, along with Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama, ignores the plight of Arizonans and actually demonizes and sues them for trying to protect their state and citizens. And on top of all of that involve themselves in childish, irresponsible “climate change” national security problems? We can’t get rid of this administration fast enough. You can find many links to other articles on this subject at Malkin’s blog here:


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