Obama vs. the GOP on DREAM Act

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Monday, September 27, 2010 at 8:43 am

Obama chided Republicans Saturday for filibustering the defense authorization bill that could have included the DREAM Act and other reform-minded measures like a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Obama said he hoped Republicans would “come to their senses” on the DREAM Act after the November elections.

Which Republicans may come around? In 2007, 12 Republicans voted for the DREAM Act’s passage. Only seven are still in the Senate, and they all voted to filibuster the defense authorization bill last week. While some objected to the bill being inserted into the defense bill, others seem more likely to now oppose the DREAM Act in general — meaning passage as a standalone is far from a sure thing.

Utah Sens. Bob Bennett and Orrin Hatch are in the “secure the borders first” camp, arguing immigration reform must be preceded by stricter enforcement efforts. “The American people want the government to secure our borders, create jobs and reduce the deficit.” Hatch said to explain his “no” vote on the DREAM Act.

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kans.) may also be tough to sway. He is running for Kansas governor and has said he opposes “amnesty” for illegal immigrants even though he supported paths to legal status such as the DREAM Act in the past.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (Texas) focused her criticism of the defense authorization bill on the inclusion of non-defense items in the bill. (The DREAM Act would have an impact on the military and would likely ease recruitment.)

Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe could be more likely to vote for the DREAM Act as a standalone bill. Collins said she joined the filibuster because Majority Leader Harry Reid unfairly limited Republican amendments to the defense authorization bill, not because she opposed the substance of his planned amendments. Snowe also stayed quiet on the DREAM Act when discussing her decision to filibuster.

Sen. Richard Lugar (Ind.) seems like a likely “yes” vote for the DREAM Act if it is pushed as a standalone bill. Lugar is a co-sponsor of the bill in its current iteration and has indicated he would support the bill’s passage this year.

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Mike Stewart
Comment posted September 27, 2010 @ 1:29 pm

Why bother? Deport all those nasty rats, they are not even human so why are they are allowed to even be in America. That's the thinking some people have, lets show the world what we are really about. Sounds rather hypocritical, donating charity money for flood victims, and fighting for human rights, in places like Iran, Sudan, and Korea. Yet, right here in America we are treating people like scum. Funny isn't it.


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Comment posted September 27, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

I hope republicans are reading comments like this one… this is who you represent…Hate. If you trully want to help this country then Pass the Dream Act.


LipstickOnAPig
Comment posted September 27, 2010 @ 4:19 pm

Democrats knew DADT repeal would get a “NO” when they tried to get the Scheme Act through the senate. The repeal sits and the Scheme Act has already been reintroduced. My liberal gay tuchas now knows where on the democratic totem pole my EQUAL RIGHTS fall, behind SPECIAL RIGHTS FOR ILLEGALS!

Ever wonder how to make a pro-abortion, pro israel, militant gay activist start voting republican? Just let some anti-american democrats start putting illegals before citizens.

I keep hearing about how “Latino's won't forget” and all the other hooey they spew whenever THEIR favorite legislation doesn't pass, well guess what, the gay voting block WILL do the same, and unlike the mythical latino vote we keep getting threatened with, the gays really do vote. Thank you Harry Reid for starting this game of Identity Politics Poker, I don't know why you wanted to pit the gays against the scheme act kids, even worse I don't care why you did it, I do know I won't be voting for anyone supporting the scheme act!

VOTE OFTEN AND VOTE AMERICAN!


B197299
Comment posted September 27, 2010 @ 6:15 pm

I merely think the Democrats exposed the Republicans for who they are: homophobic and opposed to the DREAM Act. You can call helping children who never intentionally broke any laws and have made their home here as getting “special attention” but when the gay community and the DREAM community should be together, you look to divide. We both know what it is like to feel oppressed, we did not bring this on ourselves either. Beyond that, There are Republicans who support the DREAM Act, such as Hatch and Brown and Collins and McCain but do not support repeal DADT. The defense billed failed in large part to the homophobic nature of the mid-south west states. All Reid did was expose the Republicans for who they are to remind us what could have been if the Democrats were in filibuster-proof power, equal rights and empathy for victims of illegal immigration.


B197299
Comment posted September 27, 2010 @ 6:16 pm

“equal rights” pertained to the LGBT community in my last sentence.


Rich
Comment posted September 27, 2010 @ 9:07 pm

Why is the Dream Act important at this time, when the US should be concentrating on getting its economic health back?

The Dream Act is special interest legislation with huge loopholes favoring legalization of unknown millions of illegal immigrants.


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Comment posted September 28, 2010 @ 7:38 am

The impact of the DREAM Act would not be limited to increased earnings, tax revenues, and social services savings. Freeing thousands of young immigrants to join the legal workforce would also help business and the economy fill crucial needs. Beyond fiscal impact, the DREAM Act would benefit the economy by significantly
increasing the income of affected immigrants, thereby stimulating spending and investment. Again using numbers from the RAND study cited above, the average Mexican immigrant woman who graduates from college as a result of the DREAM Act instead of dropping out would likely increase her pretax income at age 30 by more than $13,500 per year.


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Robert Oates
Comment posted October 1, 2010 @ 7:37 am

the average mexican woman belongs in mexico not in the USA and dos that extra $1350 also get sent right back to mexico send these thiefs home


Robert Oates
Comment posted October 1, 2010 @ 7:41 am

how about after they get there dream they can sponsor the very parents that snuck them into the country along with all there ants and uncles and cousins


Robert Oates
Comment posted October 1, 2010 @ 7:59 am

you ileagle invaders are always looking for some one to blame it is your parents fault they did this to you they broke our laws they stole jobs from americans they stole ids from americans they stole health care they stole an education do you know who had to pay the price for all of this thieving THE AMERICAN TAX PAYER and dont even try to compare your self to a gay American gay americans have always been good citizens pay taxes serve in the military and what army in there right mind would want someone in it that skipped out on their own country in the middle of the night simply because the new country had better stuff what if we were fighting a country that had better stuff then us would you guys start dreaming again and sneak over to the other side in the dead of night


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ImpactEd
Comment posted October 1, 2010 @ 6:14 pm

One can say that about anyone. For example the average Chinese women belongs in china, the average Cuban woman belongs in Cuba? WHATS YOUR POINT? Also it is spelled THIEVES not THIEFS 0_o? BTW since around 2004 there have been provisions not allowing money being sent to an other country without presenting a legal state ID in order to prove you are here legally? How do they send the money then? Dont get mad because we can actually benefit from the Dream ACT


Anonymous
Comment posted November 30, 2010 @ 5:37 am

Hey ImpactEd, are you suggesting the average Mexican immigration woman is illegally in the US. The only so called immigrants the Dream Act would benefit is those that entered illegally.

If they are working now it is illegally and their employers are breaking the law too. They get all kinds of amnesty from this bill along with becoming eligible for Federal student aid such as loans, grants and more.


Anonymous
Comment posted November 30, 2010 @ 5:39 am

policy experts are warning the act is truly transformative and in the end, among other things, would authorize federal loans to literally millions of newly qualified applicants and provide a preference for the children of illegal aliens in state college admissions.


Anonymous
Comment posted November 30, 2010 @ 5:42 am

Even many crimes are “forgiven” in the Dream Act, including crimes that would bar legal immigration to the US. Only the most violent crimes are not forgiven, others are brushed aside, never to be considered. The same with health restrictions, just brush aside those that would normally bar admittance to the US.


Anonymous
Comment posted November 30, 2010 @ 5:43 am

Another section of the bill ensures that illegal aliens can continue to receive these federal student loans, which are often used to cover living expenses, as well as tuition, over the course of eight years, even if they do not complete a college degree.


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