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Written by Cindy Chafian-The Daily Right
September 17, 2010

The Obama Administration launched a concerted effort today to mobilize community leadership in support of Senator Harry Reid’s latest move toward amnesty for illegal immigrants.

The issue at hand this time is “The Dream Act” (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act).    

Hoping to clear the first of many legislative hurdles, Reid plans to bring the proposed amendment to the House floor for a vote this upcoming Tuesday.  Reid hopes that he can get enough votes in order to get the law pushed through in time to have it attached as an add-on amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill of 2011 scheduled for later this year.

Obama and Reid know full well that they will not be able to get this amnesty law passed on it’s own merit, so in typical “politics as usual”fashion, Democrats have decided to show their utter disrespect for the United States military by using the Defense Appropriations bill as way to pave the road for citizenship for illegal immigrants.  

Although getting the amendment passed and added to the bill is a long shot, the fact that the Democrats, namely Senate Majority leader, Harry Reid and the Obama administration are willing to use the sacrifice of our brave service-members in order to give an opportunity for citizenship to those who have broken the law, is just sleazy.  

Most American’s don’t feel it’s appropriate for ANY elected official to play dirty political tricks and trade favors in order to get laws passed, no doubt that voter outrage will be escalated when they hear this latest attempt to reward amnesty to illegal immigrants by sneaking it through on a defense bill.

I find it offensive to all military members, as well as their families, that some of our elected officials feel it’s appropriate to play these political games. To potentially hold hostage the much needed support of those who wear the uniform by using those brave men and women who have volunteered for service and risk their lives for this country is nothing short of shameful...Simply shameful.

Admitting that it will be a “tough tough environment”, the White House staff expressed the commitment of the President as well as everyone in the administration had to passing the law and informed advocates that they needed strong support as well.  She encouraged them to talk the act up and to get as much support as possible for it in the upcoming days.

Speaking to over 300 people on a conference call this afternoon, Cecelia Munoz, White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, did her best to hint to listeners who support the proposed amendment, about “lobbying for support” without actually coming straight out and telling people to lobby on behalf of Reid and the White House.  

It’s amazing how easily a message can be conveyed without actually SAYING the words that could come back to haunt you.  Ms. Munoz subtly informed community organizers and immigration advocates what was expected of them without saying exactly what they were expected to do.  She chose her words and tone carefully so that she could stay within “legal boundaries” but still deliver the message from the President.  

In an afternoon conference call, speaking on behalf of the White House, Ms. Munoz told supporters, “The White House can’t ask you to lobby...we can’t specifically tell you to lobby, but we can give you a status update.”  Sounds like a little bit of wink wink nod nod, if you ask me.  Those listening knew exactly what she was trying to say and what they were supposed to do with the information.  

According to a website in support of the Act:

Under the DREAM Act, certain undocumented individuals could become legal residents. The first step in this process is for the individual to enroll in some type of higher education, such as a university, vocational school, or apprenticeship program. Another option is to enroll in the U.S. military. If certain requirements are met, this person may apply for conditional residency in the U.S. Upon receipt of an associates degree or a 2-year equivalent within six years of the initial petition, the conditional status can be changed and the individual can become a legal permanent resident of the United States.

To be eligible for permanent residency under the DREAM Act, the individual must have entered the United States before turning 16 years of age and must have been in the United States for at least five years without interruption. The individual must also demonstrate the ability to speak English.


The jury is still out about whether or not I support this CONCEPT, but what I can tell you is that getting it passed this way is NOT ACCEPTABLE. Some solutions need to be developed and if a person was brought here as a young child by their parents, might this be the right answer for that group of people alone? I don’t know for sure, but what I do know is that if the proposed law is strong enough to award those who are technically here illegally U.S. citizenship, then it should be presented by itself, on it’s own, and then passed on it’s own merits--Don’t do it by exploiting a defense bill.

Acknowledging the failed attempts to get the amendment passed in the past 20 months, Munoz cited the reason for pushing it as an amendment to a Defense Appropriations bill was to avoid the “ugly obstacles” that would arise if presented in another fashion.

In other words, if they are able to get it attached as an amendment to a Defense Bill then it might have a better chance of passing because they know the Republicans aren’t going to vote down a defense appropriations bill--especially not right before an election.

If you disagree with this action then CALL YOUR SENATORS NOW and urge them to oppose the DREAM Act. The number for the Capitol switchboard is (202) 224-3121. Just ask for your Senator's office and tell them to VOTE NO on the DREAM Act.

 

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