Saturday, September 29, 2007

NILC Statement on the DREAM Act

DREAM Act Allies:
The DREAM Act is alive and well!

Anti-immigrant groups are claiming victory because the DREAM Act failed to get a vote as an amendment to the Department of Defense authorization bill. They are wrong to do so. Although the DREAM Act did not get a vote on that bill, Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV) pledged Wednesday evening that it will be brought to the Senate floor for a vote sometime before November 16th.

It is unusual for specific legislation like the DREAM Act to get such a public pledge, which will require the Senate Leadership to set aside days of floor time just before Congress is scheduled to leave for the year. That means that other issues supported by powerful constituencies and armies of lobbyists may not be addressed, whereas the DREAM Act, which is supported only by reason and fairness, will be given a chance to move forward. The Senate Majority Leader's willingness to make such a promise reflects well on him, but it also shows how much progress the DREAM Act has made in recent months as a result of the blood, sweat and tears of immigrant students and their allies. It is now a top-tier issue, one that will not go away.

When the DREAM Act does come to the Senate floor, it will need 60 votes to pass.

We expect a very close vote, and the anti-immigrant advocates will again be out in force. Although they have publicly claimed victory, they must actually be squirming inside because they hit immigrant students with their best shot of lies, talk radio, hysterical blog entries and angry calls to Senate offices, yet the DREAM Act is nevertheless on the threshold of a historic vote. It is imperative to counterbalance their efforts with increased pro-DREAM contact with every Senator. Please resolve to call or fax both of your Senators today and every day until the vote occurs to urge a yes vote, and take the time to motivate other supporters to do the same. You can find you Senators' phone and fax numbers here.

In addition (easier, but less important), you can send an e-mail to your Senators by simply clicking here.

Finally, please take a moment to contact Senator Reid to let him know how grateful we are to him for having kept the DREAM Act alive. It was a courageous step, and he will undoubtedly get grief from the other side.

Sample Thank You Statement:

"Thank You Senator Reid for your commitment to bring the DREAM Act up for a vote before adjournment."

Senator Reid's phone and fax are: Ph: (202)224-3542 and Fax: (202)224-7327.

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Although you call our opposing arguments lies, you DREAM Act supporters never have the courage to argue your case on the merits, as you realize that you'll be confronted with your own deceitfullness.

The DREAM Act gives a path to citizenship, not only to the students you claim to need the help, but their parents as well. Some of those so-called young promising students would be well in their thirties or older. The DREAM Act is clearly just another piecemeal amnesty program. While it may have succeeded by having its sole goal as in-state tuition to foreign born students who arrived here at an early age and are still youthful, you advocacy people couldn't help but be greedy and shamefully deceptive in your desire for more. The DREAM Act is just another shameless ruse to obtain what you'll never get, open borders and the cheapening of U.S. citizenship.

We support legal immigration, immigration on terms established by the citizens, not that of illegal immigrants, their political advocates, or their 1986 amnesty friends and families, who are not above shamefully using the race card to destroy country as one of law and order. I must point out that there was no anti-illegal immigration movement before the massive illegal influx of Latin Americans. I challenge you to find any blog on the web inciting action against immigrants who have been or are in the process of gaining legal residency. I don't know how you can live with yourself professor Hing, when you smear the reputation of millions of Americans who support legal immigration but are agressively opposed to those who do it illegally. We recognize the benefits of immigration, and support and honor the law that permits them to come here, but we also recognize that our nation is hurt by the presence of millions of poor and illiterate that ultimately present a long term economic burden on the citizens who are the stewards of our Founding Fathers legacy.

You sit in your ivory tower, perhaps in a tenured position, never having to compete as a low income citizen and demand that these Americans living at the margins compete with the foreigners who've crossed their borders against their will, as expressed in their immigration laws. I pity your inability to recognize the right of these people to have their welfare protected. I am glad that there are so few Americans with your viewpoint, and that you have so little power to influence our national policies.

Posted by: Horace | Sep 29, 2007 2:54:56 PM

These are such encouraging words to hear. Thanx man, im a recent college graduate that would benefit from the Dream Act. Thanx again.

Posted by: jaime | Sep 29, 2007 5:09:16 PM

It is these anti-immigrant words that keep me, as a person of color, keep fighting my way through this education system, to show you that we are worthy of the many things that continue to be denied to us.

It is time for us to open our eyes and understand that the U.S. has historically exploited 3rd world countries and now it has to repair what it continues to do, displace people from their homes. The U.S. does not exist on its on, it relies on its ability to keep 3rd world countries the conditions that they are in. Think U.S. think about more than yourself, about your privilege and how you keep that privilege.

"The people united will never be divided".

Posted by: denice | Oct 7, 2007 4:48:42 PM

It is these anti-immigrant words that keep me, as a person of color, keep fighting my way through this education system, to show you that we are worthy of the many things that continue to be denied to us.

It is time for us to open our eyes and understand that the U.S. has historically exploited 3rd world countries and now it has to repair what it continues to do, displace people from their homes. The U.S. does not exist on its on, it relies on its ability to keep 3rd world countries the conditions that they are in. Think U.S. think about more than yourself, about your privilege and how you keep that privilege.

"The people united will never be divided".

Posted by: denice | Oct 7, 2007 4:48:56 PM

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