Thursday, September 16, 2010

Obama vows to fight for Dream Act

The Senate has “chance to do the right thing,” the president told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Wednesday. Obama said the bill would help young people in the country illegally a chance to attend college or serve in the U.S. military.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said this week that he wants to add the Dream Act as an amendment to the upcoming defense policy bill.

The act applies to young people who came to the country when they were under 16 years of age and have been in the country five years. These students would have a chance to apply for citizenship if they complete two years of college or military service.

It’s a tough time for any kind of immigration reform. According to recent polls, most residents seem to be in favor of sending everyone home.

The Dream Act however has some bipartisan support. There is more sympathy for the kids who supporters say shouldn't be punished for the errors of their parents.

Opponents have come out in force against the Dream Act. They argue passing it will only add more incentives to illegal immigrants to come here and create unfair competition with U.S. citizens and residents for college seats.

"The Dream Act would provide amnesty for millions of illegal aliens under the age of 30 who claim they entered the US when they were young and claim they intend to go to college," said William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC.

Even supporters of comprehensive immigration reform are a bit nervous. They fear that if the law passes, they may have lost one of their strongest trump cards for passing a more in-depth comprehensive policy that they feel is needed to fix the broken immigration system.

President Obama told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus gala that he would do whatever it takes to support the act’s passage.

An excerpt:
"Now, the Senate is going to have a chance to do the right thing over the next few weeks when Senator Reid brings the DREAM Act to the floor. Keep in mind, in the past, this was a bill that was supported by a majority of Democrats and Republicans. There’s no reason why it shouldn’t receive that same kind of bipartisan support today. I’ve been a supporter since I was in the Senate, and I will do whatever it takes to support the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ efforts to pass this bill so that I can sign it into law on behalf of students seeking a college education and those who wish to serve in our country’s uniform. It’s the right thing to do. We should get it done. "

6 comments:

heavymetal said...

All along, I've been for allowing a quicker path to citizenship through military service.
This is nothing new for immigrants, my own grandfather became a US citizen because of his WWI service-- that was after being caught as a stow-away on a ship enroute from Ireland.

White Bear said...

If passed, this act will be a windfall for all sorts of scam "colleges".

Exactly what this country needs.

More watered down "education".

Gary Frazier said...

I have friends, who were brought to America, from Cuba, when Castro took over.
They are good, upstanding people and I would think that, if the other "illegal" immigrants were given an opportunity, they, too, would become upstanding citizens.

However, for parents to come in, illegally, just so their kids will have a dual citizenship and, thereby pass the laws requiring them to seek citizenship is wrong.

I'm not sure Obama and his cronies don't have something else up their collective sleeves.

I haven't, don't and probably won't ever trust Obama.
If he repents of the things he's done wrong and makes restitution to the nation for those he's hurt, that would be about the only thing that could change my mind.

Cedar Posts said...

As they say once the camel gets his head in the tent....

Blue Ridge said...

everyone complains about illegal's being here illegally ..and the illegal's just laugh because they know they left wing guilt weepers will say and do whatever it takes to get amnesty passed, in any way shape or form.

amnesty = votes for whichever party gets it through.......it is a sellout.

illegal aliens are in charge because our politicians are to weak to say "NO! leave and come back through the proper channels."

The laws that keep the anchor babies here was written as a measure of convalescent guilt for the black population, again everyone looks the other way.

If people are going to support illegal border crossers and give them amnesty for joining the military, why don't they do they same thing and give reprieve for tax evaders, axe murderers, child molesters and bank robbers, have them join the military to get their sentence tossed?

ThaQueenCity said...

Thank GOD I got a letter that hagan will NOT vote on this "Nightmare" act! She is NOT one of my favorite people but she did state she would NOT vote this stand alone bill!

Anyone who agrees to this act is only GIVING Obama the VOTES he WILL NEED in 2012....illegal amnesty!

WE ALL KNOW this! And sad part is HE knows how America feels and just like our local BOCC could CARE LESS!

It is ABOUT THEM ($) and THEIR($) VOTES!

NO DREAM ACT AND NO AMNESTY for ALL!