Rasmussen: Voters Support Idea of DREAM Act

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 2:07 pm

A Rasmussen poll released today shows that in theory, at least, voters should support the DREAM Act: Most voters in the poll said children brought to the U.S. illegally should get a chance at citizenship if they complete two years of college or participate in the military.

A slight majority — 52 percent — of likely U.S. voters said children brought to the U.S. illegally who complete two years of college should get a path to legal status, while 36 percent said these children should not be given an opportunity to become citizens.

Voters were more supportive of paths to citizenship for illegal immigrant who serve in the military: 78 percent said children brought to the U.S. illegally who serve in the military should get a chance to become citizens.

Rasmussen also found many voters believe such a bill would encourage illegal immigration. It’s an argument some Republicans have used, including Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.) in an op-ed today. Bilbray linked the DREAM Act and other efforts at so-called “amnesty” for illegal immigrants to the death of border-crossers:

When my colleagues talk about providing amnesty (or “a pathway to citizenship”) they become an accessory to these murders. When they support amnesty, introduce bills that provide a pathway to citizenship and, in the most irresponsible of cases, use amnesty to motivate voters, they tell people: ‘work with the cartels and come across our border illegally, for we will eventually give you amnesty and citizenship.’

Widespread support doesn’t mean the DREAM Act will pass its test this afternoon, of course. The Senate will vote at 2:30 p.m. EST on whether to proceed with the defense authorization bill, to which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hopes to add the DREAM Act as an amendment.

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Comment posted September 21, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

From @24AheadDotCom:

@rasmussenpoll: your #DREAMAct poll misleads. College educations are zero sum: under DA, illegal aliens will take college from citizens. #p2


Dale J
Comment posted September 21, 2010 @ 7:26 pm

IF THERE IS A DRAFT DON'T COUNT ON THE UNDOCUMENTED POPULATION. GO FIGHT FOR YOUR COUNTRY.


Moyerg
Comment posted September 21, 2010 @ 8:56 pm

They'll only take college from STUPID citizens that don't deserve a spot there anyway.


Brittanicus
Comment posted September 21, 2010 @ 10:00 pm

November the 3rd is the day when voters can take their country back from the instigators of unequaled illegal immigration. Here is a list of Senators who are pro-amnesty or have unfortunately not contemplated the far reaching effects. Not only would the approval of the Dream Act have given millions of children of illegal aliens get a free pass to our education system, but it wouldn't there would have no restrictions like the House version does. If the Dream Act had only been for the selected few, instead of millions who just qualify by getting a high school diploma up to the age of 35. Senator Reid advanced his political agenda, by placing the Dream Act in the Defense spending bill and was co sponsored by Richard Durbin (D-IL), Dick Lugar (D-IN).

Involved in this matter and endeavored to pass the Dream Act was mostly Democrats that include incumbents that can be relieved of their Senate seat in the midterm election. Blanche Lincoln (D-R) Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Micheal Bennet (D-CO), Chris Dodd (D-CT), Ted Kaufman (D-DE), Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Roland Burris(D-IL), Evan Bayh (D-IN), Harry Reid(D-NV), Arlen Spector (D-PA), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Russ Feingold D-WI). We can send a threatening message that all these incumbents will see the streets in November and other pro-amnesty panderers will join them shortly. We need all Tea Partiers, moderate conservatives and dissatisfied Democrats to join in this revolution for change. We must cement our votes for–ALL–new candidates against each of these incumbents.

If you are a patriotic American and see your jobs disappearing, and unable to get a modification loan to save your home while banks hoard billions of dollars offered by President Obama. However from 1997 Head of HUD, a Democrat called Andrew Cuomo, was the personage that caused the housing who became the architect of the housing collapse. But the most major ramification is that all those students who eventually receive citizenship can sponsor 3 to 4 million immediate members of the family, stretching to Uncle and aunts. Finally the most dangerous act that could be accepted is the sanctioned US/Mexican totalization Social Security agreement, which at our peril would cripple yours and mine Pensions. Do you know that hundreds of thousands of illegal alien guest workers, who were legally processed in 1986, were able to get public benefits that many didn't pay into, while American citizens paid all of their lives into the Social Security system?

We–as a country can no longer be the PPO medical welfare, the education system for everybody who chooses to illegally enter this country. Now is the time to reprimand any politician who supported the Dream Act, or any form of Amnesty by joining the Tea Party movement or NumbersUSA. Both are fighting to stop our taxes being spent on illegal aliens, who arrive here by plane or simply crossed our sovereign border. You can harass your Senator or Congressman at the Washington switchboard at 202-224-3121 We must wipe the slate clean and remove the corrupted political debris from every state, of–ALL–elected officials which includes Governors and Mayors.

This November we must be on our guard, vigilant against illegal aliens violating our voting federal laws, specifically in California and Nevada, but also every other state. Absentee ballot voting is specifically vulnerable in an “honor System” that doesn't work anymore.


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Comment posted September 21, 2010 @ 10:05 pm

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Rob
Comment posted September 22, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

Do you know anything about the Dream act. Students must attend college or go the military to get citizenship, otherwise they have no chance to work at all or go to school. Many of their parents came here illegally to get the chance for a better life for their children. Their children should not have to suffer the consequences and have no right to a drivers license or to work. Do you know anything or just blowing smoke. They do not want to sponsor relatives, are not all from Mexico and want to work,


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Comment posted September 23, 2010 @ 7:39 am

2.1 million would quilify but only 800,000 would get citizenship thats a small amount. i really feel sorry for these smart kids that are going to waste.


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Comment posted November 26, 2010 @ 10:01 am

Brian Bilbray is hate monger, not sure why he would even be quoted.


bobisright
Comment posted November 28, 2010 @ 4:37 am

Some of the biggest problems with the dream act are:
1. It allows illegal kids up to 35 years old to apply.
2. These “kids – lol” can apply to give their criminal parents citizenship.
3. There is no end date – it can go on forever encouraging more illegal emtry.
4. There are LOTS of loopholes for applicants to not serve or go to taxpayer funded college.
5. Once they apply they can’t be deported.
6. They can be known gang members – as long as they have no more then 2 misdemeanor “convictions”.

This isn’t a dream but a nightmare.


bobisright
Comment posted November 28, 2010 @ 4:37 am

Some of the biggest problems with the dream act are:
1. It allows illegal kids up to 35 years old to apply.
2. These “kids – lol” can apply to give their criminal parents citizenship.
3. There is no end date – it can go on forever encouraging more illegal emtry.
4. There are LOTS of loopholes for applicants to not serve or go to taxpayer funded college.
5. Once they apply they can’t be deported.
6. They can be known gang members – as long as they have no more then 2 misdemeanor “convictions”.

This isn’t a dream but a nightmare.


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Anonymous
Comment posted December 8, 2010 @ 7:20 am

ok I saw many polls that is over 60 % that do not want the night mare act.
yet 78 % want arizona law. No dream act period! we cant afford to pay for our own


Anonymous
Comment posted December 8, 2010 @ 7:22 am

Bank robbers wanted a better life also, Identity theft and welfare fraud are pretty serious charges


Anonymous
Comment posted December 8, 2010 @ 7:25 am

BRIAN BILBREY IS ONE OF THE NICEST MEN I HAVE EVER MET, HE WORKS FOR THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED HIM IN, NOT THE NON CITIZENS. HE KNOWS WHAT A BURDEN THEY ARE TO OUR SOCIETY
THEY COME FOR A BETTER LIFE, AND DEVALUE OUR LIVES.


Wsmithjr3
Comment posted December 8, 2010 @ 8:39 pm

I do not believe this Rassmusen poll…only US CITIZENS should be polled.

Every chat board i’ve seen that is NON LATINO is overwhelmingly AGAINST the DREAM ACT. ILLEGAL immigration must be controlled FIRST at the border. Then our government should take time to get the true numbers that would be affected by a student type dream program.

I’m totally against the Dream Act. Rassmussen did NOT ask my opinion.

The CBS news poll onthis issue is not a true poll b/c one can vote many many times so the results can be skewed.

The dream act and i read it…says that if pass by 2020 the dream act will significantly impact the DEFICIT. That was the non partisan repot


Wsmithjr3
Comment posted December 8, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

it is not the USA ‘s problem that their parents brought them here illegally. they should go back home and reapply the legal way.


Wsmithjr3
Comment posted December 8, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

87% of all illegals are from mexico


Wsmithjr3
Comment posted December 8, 2010 @ 8:46 pm

interesting you wouldn’t happen to be one of those just dying to be an “American” wouldja…b/c you don’t SOUND like an American.


Rosie
Comment posted December 8, 2010 @ 9:31 pm

Are you sure you read the Dream Act? REALLY? because of what I read, the newer version its not 35 it to the age of 30, especially for those students or “kids” who have already recieved their college degrees because this law has been waiting for ten years! its not thier fault congress lacks in fixing this immigration issue! And these students are not criminals or gang members! THey have to serve or go to college in order to qualify for this bill…….and of course they cant be deported once they apply because they have to complete all the requirements until they fail and then homeland Security ensures to deport the Fraud….Your the nightmare to this society for providing misleading information.


Sderks
Comment posted December 9, 2010 @ 11:41 am

the dream act is a nightmare and must be stopped!!!!!


Sharri733
Comment posted December 16, 2010 @ 3:26 am

You resort to an ignorant statement that shows you have no intelligence, therefore; you don’t deserve college at all. Or deserve to be in this country.
Go home.


Lafew1
Comment posted December 19, 2010 @ 3:54 am

Unfortunately, the most outspoken often dominate. The typical U.S. Citizen who lives in a major U.S. City and who has witnessed deportation, firsthand knows that the DREAM Act is a drop in the bucket. It is also no amnesty, since many have already disqualified themselves. Those who spend time on these boards may be too busy trying to find an excuse for why they are unemployed. Use the time spent surfing on finding a job. It may change your perspective. An infant who is brought into this country has no other option. They are disqualified from immigration even if they go back after marrying. Too often, waivers are denied. This creates broken families and more bitterness towards our Government. It also encourages unlawful immigration.

When you fall in love, you don’t ask to see someone’s green card. Likewise, when you hear that someone has an immigration problem, it does not hit until they don’t come home.


Lafew1
Comment posted December 19, 2010 @ 3:59 am

One minor point, there has not been a legalization since 1986, so many who entered as infants in the 1980s have remained in the U.S. without a solution. It is not a nightmare. The laws should have found justice for those who were kids many many years ago. Instead, our Congress eliminated most of the family based visas through IMMACT90 in 1990 and barred consular processing with Section 212(a)(9)(B), which is the ten year bar that triggers when most unlawfully present foreigner leaves the U.S.

Therefore, they don’t go, they simply stay meaning that INA Section 212(a)(9)(B) has created more overstays and unauthorized immigrants than any law on the books.


Lafew1
Comment posted December 19, 2010 @ 3:59 am

One minor point, there has not been a legalization since 1986, so many who entered as infants in the 1980s have remained in the U.S. without a solution. It is not a nightmare. The laws should have found justice for those who were kids many many years ago. Instead, our Congress eliminated most of the family based visas through IMMACT90 in 1990 and barred consular processing with Section 212(a)(9)(B), which is the ten year bar that triggers when most unlawfully present foreigner leaves the U.S.

Therefore, they don’t go, they simply stay meaning that INA Section 212(a)(9)(B) has created more overstays and unauthorized immigrants than any law on the books.


Lafew1
Comment posted December 19, 2010 @ 4:06 am

They can’t. They will be disqualified and barred indefinitely from immigration. See INA 212(a)(9)(B),(C), etc. There is likely no category for which they can apply. In a nutshell, this rights the wrong done by their parents. These kids had no choice, but to come to the U.S.


Lafew1
Comment posted December 19, 2010 @ 4:19 am

Bilbrey may act polite, but it is important for all U.S. Representatives to avoid feigning ignorance for the sake of zero population growth or political posturing for those with misdirected anger. This includes both Demogogues and Republicants.

There is no law that allows these children of the unlawful to immigrate. In fact, many will likely find it difficult to impossible to lawfully petition their parents due to past immigration violations. No one devalues anything only those unwilling to do their jobs or who gets into a trade with over supply or a drop in demand.

These foreigners are American in every way except for a birth certificate. They have gone to school with us, go to church with us and live in our neighborhoods. Many speak and write perfect English.

Those who live in the suburbs may simply not have the exposure. I am a better person for having known some of them until they had to forcefully depart. Those who have not had the experience are ignorant. It’s no picnic to live for decades without status.

Employers don’t pay at times and in the process these Americans make money without much concern of ICE. Current enforcement is a drop in the bucket. Many suburbanites have their live in unauthorized worker, yet complain about foreign workers when they are laid off.


Lafew1
Comment posted December 19, 2010 @ 4:22 am

Actually, there are grounds of inadmissibility based upon INA Section 212 that bar ‘known gang members’ from immigration even the DREAM Act. Once they apply, they can still be deported, but not based upon filing for the DREAM Act. Bob is wrong!


Lafew1
Comment posted December 19, 2010 @ 4:27 am

The so called non-partisan report is a pro-anti-immigration group. PEW is a much more reliable source. Most truly independent reports claim that the DREAM Act will help our economy and bring more taxes to the I.R.S., which reduces are deficit. We currently deny them social security numbers, which makes it much more difficult to document wages and pay taxes. Whose fooling who. An organization that is against more lawful forms of immigration is an partisan anti-immigration group when it is run by those who support zero population growth and they promote bigotry through anti-immigration laws.

Perhaps, zero population advocates that cannot push their pro choice agenda on conservatives use anti-immigration laws as a means to an end.


Kurt Thialfad
Comment posted December 19, 2010 @ 4:36 pm

Your headline says “voters support the DREAM Act”, but your content says “voters should support the DREAM Act.” Big difference here. Voters do not support the Dream Act, and it is correct that it has failed.
The US need less immigration. This is obvious. Our leaders and legislators need to be told this.


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