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    DREAM Act Proposes More Than Amnesty-NUMBERS UPDATE 4/2/09

    Update In the News

    DREAM Act Proposes More than Amnesty
    Thursday, April 2, 2009, 10:56 AM

    Sen. Rich Durbin
    Congressmen Who...

    Sponsors of the DREAM Act
    Thursday, April 2, 2009, 10:56 AM

    Sponsors of Senate Version (S.729)
    Count: 21

    Bingaman (NM)
    Boxer (CA)
    Dodd (CT)
    Feingold (WI)
    Feinstein (CA)
    Gillibrand (NY)
    Harkin (IA)
    Kennedy (MA)
    Kerry (MA)
    Leahy (VT)
    Lieberman (CT)
    Lugar (IN)
    Martinez (FL)
    Menendez (NJ)
    Murray (WA)
    B.Nelson (FL)
    Reid (NV)
    Whitehouse (RI)

    Sponsors of House Version
    Count: 19

    Ackerman (NY)
    Cao (LA)
    Capps (CA)
    Capuano (MA)
    Conyers (MI)
    L.Diaz-Balart (FL)
    M.Diaz-Balart (FL)
    Engel (NY)
    Farr (CA)
    Filner (CA)
    Gonzalez (TX)
    Grijalva (AZ)
    Hinojosa (TX)
    Lofgren (CA)
    McCarthy (NY)
    Nunes (CA)
    Polis (CO)
    Ros-Lehtinen (FL)
    Roybal-Allard (CA)
    Sanchez (CA)

    Main bill sponsors in BOLD

    S.729 /H.R.1751 Supporters of Sen. Durbin's DREAM Act will say that it provides a path to citizenship and educational opportunities for illegal alien children. What they won't tell you is that it would provide Amnesty under certain conditions to anyone under the age of 35 whose been in the country for the last five years.

    In essence, an illegal alien under the age of 35 who's been breaking federal immigration laws for the last five years, but has a high school diploma or GED and has been admitted (not attending) an institution of higher learning will get an Amnesty. Illegal aliens must also show that they were first brought into the country at the age of 16 or less, but the DREAM Act provides no system or method to verify whether or not the illegal aliens applying for lawful permanent resident status actually meet the requirements. A signed affidavit will suffice.

    The Amnesty offered in the DREAM Act sets no numerical limits on how many illegal aliens may be granted Amnesty, and they do not count against the current annual Green Card limits. Furthermore, once granted permanent resident status, beneficiaries of the DREAM Act can then sponsor their relatives under current Chain Migration laws. Once the application for permanent residence is filed by those who qualify, they cannot be deported while their application or any appeals are being considered.

    The benefits to illegal aliens through the DREAM Act go beyond Amnesty. DREAM Act beneficiaries would receive in-state tuition rates at state colleges and universities, can benefit from welfare and other government assistance programs and they qualify for student loans and federal work-study programs.

    There are some additional criteria Amnesty applicants will need to meet above and beyond the length of time and educational requirements. Illegal aliens must be a person of "good moral character," although they are allowed two misdemeanor convictions.

    They must not have anything other than an honorable discharge from the military, they can't be a known terrorist, human smuggler, or international child abductor and they must have no convictions of an aggravated felony and no more than two misdemeanors.

    For NumbersUSA's full analysis of the DREAM Act, see our Fact Sheet. ... points.pdf

    You can also visit the Proposed Bills page and look under Amnesty for updates on the DREAM Act. ... sty.html-0

    For most of you, there are faxes on your Action Buffet to send to your Representatives urging them not to support the DREAM Act. ... nesty.html
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    A Test To Determine If DREAM Amnesty Sponsors Are Serious About Helping Illegal Teens, Or Do They Just Want To Hurt Americans?

    By Roy Beck, Updated Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 12:30 AM

    Open-borders groups say their top priority this spring is to pass the DREAM Act Amnesty for illegal-alien teenagers. They have a massive war-chest and support of most of the leadership elites of the country.

    I have some ways you can test a politician to see if he/she is really concerned about those teens, or if the real goal is just to flood as many foreign workers into occupations and neighborhoods as possible.

    First, let me note that NumbersUSA is fighting the new DREAM Act Amnesty with all our forces -- just as we did in the autumn of 2007 when we led the forces in defeating DREAM in the Senate with only two days notice.

    Go to to find ways to help fight it.

    The main argument for the DREAM amnesty is that a half-million or so illegal teens and young adults have been in the U.S. a long time and don't really know their home country, and that sending them back would be cruel, especially since it was adults (usually their parents) who made the decisions to break the law in the first place and put these kids into this tough position.

    The first problem with the DREAM amnesty in the current economic climate is that the half-million amnestied illegal young adults would compete for scarce jobs. If they are successful, at least in the short-term, a DREAM amnesty could mean that a half-million more Americans would NOT have a job.

    Nonetheless, I have no doubt that many immigration enthusiasts are willing to put American young adults out of work in exchange for the amnesty for the illegal-alien young adults.

    But it appears to me that the DREAM supporters generally want to hurt a lot more Americans than that.

    I really encourage you to press any DREAM supporters in your state about whether they are just interested in the amnesty for illegal young adults or whether they really are trying to increase the labor competition by millions.

    The question that we have never been able to get DREAM Amnesty supporters to answer is if they want the amnesty for the illegal-alien teens badly enough that they would be willing to limit all other damage to Americans from the amnesty.

    Thus far, it appears that DREAM Amnesty supporters want the amnesty to be as destructive to unemployed Americans as possible. But don't take my word for it. Ask every DREAM supporter the following questions. This test will show what they really want.


    PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTION NO. 1: While the DREAM Amnesty will put a half-million illegal-alien young adults in direct competition with American workers, are you willing to ensure that no other Americans will become unemployed because of the amnesty?

    If the answer is YES, that would mean that the amnesty must not extend to anybody other than the specific illegal young adults meeting the criteria. On the other hand, DREAM Amnesties of the past have provided immigration status to all kinds of relatives of the young adults, multiplying the number of potential unemployed Americans three-fold up to six-fold.

    PRACTICAL QUESTION NO. 1: Are you willing to eliminate Chain Migration categories created in the late 1950s that allow anchor immigrants to bring in adult relatives other than a spouse? If you are not, the amnestied young adults will be able to bring in their parents, older siblings and eventually leading to even aunts, uncles and cousins, many of whom were guilty of breaking our laws and putting the illegal-alien teens in their current condition in the first place.

    The bi-partisan U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform chaired by the late Barbara Jordan concluded that Chain Migration should be eliminated in order to protect the most vulnerable Americans. Are you willing to give up Chain Migration in order to amnesty the illegal-alien young adults?

    PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTION NO. 2: Are you willing to ensure that the DREAM Amnesty does not cause a new rush on the border (and of visa overstays) of people encouraged by the fact that breaking immigration laws truly does get rewarded?

    If the answer is YES, that would mean full implementation of programs to ensure that illegal aliens in the future cannot obtain jobs or taxpayer benefits. Only a clear message that breaking immigration laws will no longer pay will keep the passage of another amnesty from drawing millions more illegal aliens into the country.

    PRACTICAL QUESTION NO. 2: (a) Are you willing to tie the DREAM Amnesty to a mandatory E-Verify system for every employee in every job? (b) Will you also include a notification process for multiple workers using the same Social Security number in order to root out identity theft? (c) And will you delay the permanent implementation of the DREAM Amnesty until the U.S Visit system is fully in place at all points of entry so that everybody crossing our borders can check in and check out and be known by our national computer system if they fail to check out on time? (d) And are you willing to have the E-Verify system used to confirm legal status before distributing taxpayer benefits in the future?

    If you care so much for mainstreaming illegal-alien young adults, surely you are willing to take the above steps to ensure that law-breaking adults in the future won't be enticed to turn their children into illegal aliens while seeking to unlawfully increase their incomes in the United States. Are you?

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Even if all the above provisions are met, a DREAM Amnesty would be harmful to American young adults who are having such a difficult time finding jobs, without having another half-million people competing with them.

    But politicians and other leaders who advocate the amnesty -- if they truly are sincere that the illegal-alien young adults are their main concern -- ought to be willing to advocate all the provisions above to limit the damage to Americans.

    When you call up the DREAM Amnesty supporters, ask them.

    Let me know what you find.

    ROY BECK is Founder & CEO of NumbersUSA

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