The President lobbed a pre-hint last week when he said he was a â€?big supporter of the DREAM Actâ€? â€” also on Spanish-language media.
The DREAM Act pretends to be a benefit just for illegal alien college students, dragged here as innocent toddlers by border-violating parents. It is nothing like that. A DREAM Act fact sheet from NumbersUSA notes that the Senate billâ€™s age limit is 35, and the House version has no age limit at all. Plus, once an alien files an amnesty application, he or she cannot be removed from the United States for any reason until the application is fully processed.
Pushing the DREAM Act may just be another idle promise from a desperate Democrat, because the Lame Duck session normally doesnâ€™t work on anything controversial. However, Obama would love to have an amnesty payoff to reward to his dissatisfied Mexican base, if such a thing can be arranged.
Harry Reid Promises Senate Will Hold A Vote On The DREAM Act In Lame-Duck Session, Huffington Post, October 29, 2010Right, there are so many Hispanic valedictorians among the half who donâ€™t drop out of high school. Oh well, they can always get a GED in Spanish.
WASHINGTON â€” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has promised to bring the DREAM Act, an important piece of legislation for the Latino community, to a vote in the Senate after the November elections â€” whether or not Democrats retain their majority.
Reidâ€™s remarks will air Sunday on Univision in an interview with host Jorge Ramos. On Twitter, Ramos wrote, â€?Harry Reid told me that, win or lose, he will present again the Dream Act in the Senate after the elections.â€?
The Huffington Post confirmed Reidâ€™s remark with a Democratic source, who said that the exact timeline hasnâ€™t yet been worked out. The source noted that because the federal government is operating under a continuing resolution, the first order of business will likely be approving new funding, as well as approving a large number of Obama nominees who have been blocked by Republicans. But the source confirmed that Reidâ€™s answer to Ramos on whether he will bring up the DREAM Act was an â€?unequivocal yes.â€?
Immigration advocates praised the news that the DREAM Act will receive a chance for passage in the lame-duck session of Congress.
â€?The DREAM Act would give a group of young immigrants here without immigration status through no fault of their own the chance to attend college, serve in the military and earn citizenship,â€? said Frank Sharry, executive director of Americaâ€™s Voice. â€?These valedictorians, future scientists and future soldiers are Americans in all but paperwork, and we are thrilled that Senator Reid is committed to moving this common-sense measure before the end of the year.â€?
Reid publicly announcing just a few days before the election that he will push the DREAM Act is quite bold and politically risky. In his tight re-election contest, Republican Sharron Angle has repeatedly gone after Reid for his support of comprehensive immigration reform, with a series of controversial ads including the new â€?Harry Reidâ€™s Amnesty Gameâ€?.Thanks, HuffPo, for mentioning the clever Harry Reidâ€™s Amnesty Game â€” check it out and be sure to Roll The Dice.
Harry wants to keep â€?em coming â€” future Democrats!