Reid Adds Amnesty to Defense Bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters yesterday he is adding the DREAM Act into the Defense appropriations bill that will be taken up by the Senate next week.

The DREAM Act would give special amnesty status to illegal aliens attending college, putting them on a path to citizenship.  It also includes provisions for those in this country illegally who would serve in the military.

The bill is already in big trouble as it seeks to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy barring gays from openly serving in the military — long before the study of the impact to the military has been completed.

The Defense appropriations bill as currently constituted also provides for elective abortions to be performed at military hospitals.

Reid admitted at a press conference that amnesty is dead for Congress this year.  His move is purely political.

“I know we can’t do comprehensive immigration reform,” Reid said. “But those Republicans we had in the last Congress have left us.”

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Reid was injecting a “needlessly controversial” issue into the defense spending measure.

The bill requires 60 votes for cloture to end debate and bring the measure to a vote.

Michelle Malkin has more on open borders Republicans who have a history of support for the DREAM Act at the link.