The House of Representatives approved a bill that would grant thousands of young, illegal immigrants the chance to become American citizens Wednesday night.
Called the DREAM Act, the proposal would permit young people brought illegally into the U.S. by their parents the opportunity for citizenship. However, that’s contingent on them completing two years of college or military service.
The vote was 216 to 198.
The White House lobbied hard for the bill’s passage, lauding it as a step towards a comprehensive reform of the nation’s immigration laws.
Supporters say the measure would strengthen the U.S. economy and boost military readiness.
Critics contend that the legislation offers what they call “amnesty” for illegal immigrants.
January 3, 2011 cannot get here soon enough.
“It’s all too easy to get discouraged as well as disgusted, watch guys like Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) grandstanding to “pay back” his Hispanic supporters for his squeaker election win in Nevada by trying to ram through the DREAM Act in the lame duck session now sitting,” said Collins. “Since new Open Border laws were passed in 1965, they have been central in bringing our present population from 194 million to its present level of 310 million-on the way, as a Roy Beck video recently projected, to a population of 400 million by 2050 and 625 million by 2100. There has been no effort since to slow unneeded numbers, to even measure need, or even to calculate the impact on our environment, our culture or our general well-being.”
In a five minute astoundingly simple yet brilliant video, “Immigration, Poverty, and Gum Balls”, Roy Beck, director of www.numbersusa.ORG, graphically illustrates the impact of overpopulation. Take five minutes to see for yourself:
“In short, no effort by Congress to have a really reasoned debate,” said Collins. “These elitist worthies simply sold out, lock, stock and barrel, to the Cheap Labor crowd, the big bucks manipulators on Wall Street, and the religious and ethnic lobbies.
“But, the above notwithstanding, I am now more than ever optimistic that we can shortly win real patriotic reform.
“Why? Because our present economic situation bids fair to stay lousy for years and years.
With time running out on the lame-duck session of Congress, the Senate Wednesday postponed a vote on the controversial immigration bill known as the DREAM Act and didn’t take up the Defense Authorization bill, which includes an amendment aimed at repealing “Don’t ask, Don’t tell,”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also announced postponement of plans to consider a bill that would make a $250 payment to Social Security recipients and a measure to provide health care to 9/11 first responders. The measures won’t be taken up until Thursday at the soonest.
“We sometimes run into roadblocks in the Senate,” Reid said, as he explained that a scheduling conflict with the House delayed the DREAM act vote.
But how much gets done remains to be seen. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his caucus have promised to block consideration of any legislation until the Senate has resolved questions over the Bush tax cuts and funding the federal government for the next year.
Reid voiced his frustration at the Republicans’ tactics.
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