Wednesday, September 19, 2007

 

The DREAM Act

Its a nightmare -- a recurring nightmare

The Washington Times gets it right:
Titled the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, it was included in the immigration "compromise" that died in the Senate in June. It benefits illegals who entered this country before age 16. The bill should be shouted down.

"The illegal alien who applies for this amnesty is immediately rewarded with 'conditional' lawful permanent resident (green card) status, which can be converted to a non-conditional green card in short order," Kris Kobach, a law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, noted in a Heritage Foundation paper. "The alien can then use his newly acquired status to seek green cards for his parents who brought him in illegally in the first place. In this way, it is a backdoor amnesty for the millions of illegal aliens who brought their children to the United States."
This absolutely is a backdoor amnesty, as Mickey Kause notes:
Kris Kobach persuasively argues that, thanks to loose drafting, it's potentially a huge de facto legalization program of the sort many observers thought had been defeated. For example [emphasis added]:
There is no upper age limit. Any illegal alien can walk into a U.S. Customs and Immigration Ser­vices office and declare that he is eligible. For example, a 45 year old can claim that he illegally entered the United States 30 years ago at the age of 15. There is no requirement that the alien prove that he entered the United States at the claimed time by providing particular documents. The DREAM Act's Section 4(a) merely requires him to "demonstrate" that he is eligible—which in practice could mean simply making a sworn statement to that effect.
There's more--e.g., once you file an "application," you can't be deported.
Per Rasmussen Reports, 56% of American adults favor an enforcement-only approach to immigration reform. I'd bet less than a quarter of the American public would support Durbin's sham of a bill. But the elites in business, the government, the media and the academe overwhelming favor amnesty, President Bush included. So I expect that sooner or later an amnesty of one kind or another will be shoved down our throats.

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