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    Senate temporarily sidelines immigration legalization bill

    Sept. 26, 2007, 10:33PM
    Senate temporarily sidelines immigration legalization bill
    Democrats vow to pass measure aiding 1 million youths


    By MICHELLE MITTELSTADT
    Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle Washington Bureau

    Complete coverage of immigration issues WASHINGTON — The prospects for immediate Senate action on the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants, disappeared Wednesday amid Republican opposition.

    But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pledged that senators would vote on the the measure, which is strongly opposed by anti-illegal immigration groups, before the Senate finishes its work for the year in mid-November.

    "All who care about this matter should know that we will move to proceed to this matter before we leave here," he said.

    Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., had sought to attach the DREAM Act to the defense authorization bill. But Reid announced Wednesday night that Democrats were shelving the effort because of difficulties getting past legislative roadblocks.

    "Unfortunately, some Republicans are opposed to this proposal and are unwilling to let us move forward on this bill," Reid said.


    'Issue doesn't stop here'
    Durbin and immigrant rights advocates were dismayed by the setback but vowed to find other means to pass the legislation, which they have sought since 2001.

    "There is no question that this issue doesn't stop here," said Cecilia Muñoz, senior vice president of the National Council of La Raza. "The longer we wait, the more talented young people we close the door of opportunity to."

    The bill — officially the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act — would allow illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. before the age of 16, and who have lived here at least five years, to receive conditional legal status if they have graduated from high school and have a clean record. After six years, they could become permanent legal residents if they serve in the U.S. military for at least two years or complete at least two years of college. As with most green card holders, they could apply for citizenship after five years.

    The nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute estimates that slightly more than 1 million high school graduates and children still in class could gain legal status under the legislation.


    60 votes needed
    With conservatives being barraged with calls, faxes and e-mails from anti-illegal immigration groups that view the DREAM Act as amnesty, some Republicans who supported the measure in the past have been reluctant to do so now. Durbin needed 60 votes to surmount an expected filibuster.

    Some Senate Republicans, including Texans Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, objected to the measure being brought up on a defense bill.

    "Putting extraneous things on this bill isn't helpful," Hutchison said.

    Other Republicans aren't ready to revisit a debate that imploded in June when the Senate scuttled an overhaul endorsed by the White House that would have given most illegal immigrants a chance for legal status.

    "People, I think, want to let the immigration thing cool off a bit before we jump back in," said Sen. Jeff Sessions, an Alabama Republican who helped derail the comprehensive immigration bill.

    Josh Bernstein, federal policy director for the National Immigration Law Center, predicted DREAM Act supporters eventually will prevail.

    "The politics is right and the commitment is there," Bernstein said. "We're not giving up."

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    With conservatives being barraged with calls, faxes and e-mails from anti-illegal immigration groups that view the DREAM Act as amnesty, some Republicans who supported the measure in the past have been reluctant to do so now. Durbin needed 60 votes to surmount an expected filibuster.
    And we will keep barraging you traitors UNTIL YOU STOP trying to shove Amnesty down our throats!!!!

    Thanks for posting , Populist!

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    Great post Populist. We need to be ready to counter the Dream Act in Novemeber. Those fluent in Spanish should call hispanic radio stations and oppose the D.A. using anti-war reasons.

    The argument to use is:

    "How many of our youth can afford college? How many will be able to take the educational option? Unfortunately very few because the existing system locks out the children of working families with high tuition and inflated admissions criteria. Most will be forced to take the military option to get their green card. But what good is a green card to a dead person? What good is a green card to a young person severely wounded in mind and body?

    I ask our undocumented youth to read the following passages regarding the plans of the Pentagon and the Bush administration:
    In his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on July 10, 2006, Under Secretary of Defense David Chu said: "According to an April 2006 study from the National Immigration Law Center, there are an estimated 50,000 to 65,000 undocumented alien young adults who entered the U.S. at an early age and graduate from high school each year, many of whom are bright, energetic and potentially interested in military service...Provisions of S. 2611, such ! as the DREAM Act, would provide these young people the opportunity of serving the United States in uniform."
    More recently, Lt. Col. Margaret Stock of the U.S. Army Reserve and a faculty member at West Point told a reporter that the DREAM Act could help recruiters meet their goals by providing a "highly qualified cohort of young people" without the unknown personal details that would accompany foreign recruits. "They are already going to come vetted by Homeland Security. They will already have graduated from high school," she said. "They are prime candidates."
    (Citations from research by Prof. Jorge Mariscal, UC San Diego)

    As you can see, our undocumented youth are being targeted by military recruiters. And equally important is something that few people have mentioned-there is no such thing as a two year military contract. Every enlistment is a total of eight years."

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    Hang tough Republicans ... and Democrats ... please please wake up!!

    These pro-immigration bills hurt the people who vote you into office the same as those who vote Republicans into office.

    Illegal immigration hurts every American of all economic strata of all ethnic backgrounds of all political preferences and beliefs but hits our poorest and minority citizens hardest ... now stop all this pandering of foreign nationals in our nation illegally ... start being Democrats and stand up for Americans, our Borders, our Laws and thus our Nation ... for all of US.
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    "The politics is right and the commitment is there," Bernstein said. "We're not giving up."
    And neither are we
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    Senate temporarily sidelines immigration legalization bill

    Quote Originally Posted by Populist
    Sept. 26, 2007, 10:33PM
    Senate temporarily sidelines immigration legalization bill
    Democrats vow to pass measure aiding 1 million [illegal alien] youths
    by displacing from college 1 million U.S. citizen youths,
    and ripping off 200 million U.S. taxpayers. That sounds fair, doesn't it?

    No? You must not be a liberal democrat.
    One man's terrorist is another man's undocumented worker.

    Unless we enforce laws against illegal aliens today,
    tomorrow WE may wake up as illegals.

    The last word: illegal aliens are ILLEGAL!

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    Well, I guess the image of Homer Simpson celebrating by munching a donut didn't transfer. It's the thought that counts....
    Hey this works.....
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=VPb2CA4ZRGo
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    Captain, your page is gone...never mind...I see you new post
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