DREAM Act: An Amnesty Nightmare

Just in time to avoid the traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner, students at the University of Texas, Austin, staged a hunger strike to support Congressional approval of the DREAM Act.  Student activists want you to believe that they are taking a stand for “fairness” and “justice”  But the DREAM Act is a turkey designed to amnesty most illegals and force you to subsidize their U.S. college education.

The DREAM Act is Harry Reid’s payoff to open border advocates who rounded up the illegal alien vote to help Harry in his squeaker win in Nevada. The DREAM Act was introduced in the lame duck session and is pending congressional votes next week.

Unable to get congressional approval for “comprehensive immigration reform” (general amnesty), Obama and Reid proposed the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act) to transform “undocumented Democrats” into legal voters.

Under the DREAM Act, any person under the age of 35 illegally present in the U.S. (90% of all illegals?), could apply for lawful permanent resident (LPR) status if they have graduated from high school or earned a GED and have been admitted to an “institution of higher education”.  The illegal is required to complete at least 2 years of a bachelor’s degree within 8 years regardless of whether or not any degree has been earned.

An “institution of higher education” can include a community college or a vocational college which “provides not less than a one year program of training to prepare students for gainful employment”.

This process does not affect “anchor babies” who are deemed citizens even though born to parents illegally in the U.S.  “Anchor baby” students already get all the benefits of U.S. citizenship.  The DREAM Act only covers those who are themselves illegally present in the U.S. and grants full citizenship to LPR status students when they fulfill the 2 year requirement.

For illegal alien students unable to complete the 2 year requirement within the 8 years, the feds can waive the requirement altogether if the alien demonstrates that their deportation would work a hardship to themselves, or their LPR spouse, child, or parent.

If an application under the DREAM Act is denied for any reason, the bill prohibits federal immigration authorities from using the information gained in the application process to deport the illegal alien.

Once LPR status is granted, the illegal qualifies for “in state” tuition in the state of their residence, and federal student assistance under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 including student loans, federal work-study programs, and tutoring and counseling.

Advocates of the DREAM Act say that these students were brought here illegally as young children, that their parents’ actions should not be held against them, and that in the long run, it would be better to see these young people who were brought up as Americans educated in America.

Opponents of the DREAM Act counter that a legal “path to citizenship” is already open to these “students” (35 years old?), that DREAM Act legalization rewards their illegal presence in the country while applicants to legal entry wait in line, and that “in state” tuition puts the illegal student ahead of American citizen students from out of state. 

With every college and university in the country strapped for money and raising fees and tuition, is now the time to add millions of new students to American campuses with the additional strain on scholarship and federal loans and assistance programs already running out of money ?

The more you read the DREAM Act, the worse it gets.

Current federal immigration law gives the right to naturalized citizens to immigrate relatives (“family reunion”) without regard to numerical caps. Those who receive amnesty under the DREAM Act could legalize family members–including  their illegal alien parents and siblings–setting off a chain reaction of immigration.

Astoundingly, the DREAM Act specifically allows criminal aliens to apply for this “student” amnesty. Aliens who have engaged in voter fraud, have ignored deportation orders, have falsely claimed U.S. citizenship, have committed marriage fraud, have overstayed their student visas, even those who pose a public health risk–all are eligible for the “student” amnesty of the DREAM Act.

Even the act of applying for the DREAM Act amnesty gives you immediate amnesty.  Applicants cannot be deported while an application is pending no matter how frivolous the application is.  Criminal aliens will learn quickly enough that this application is yet another way to delay deportation.

DREAM Act supporters also point to provisions which allow illegals, as an alternative to the college requirements, to earn U.S. citizenship by serving in the U.S. military.  Not quite.  The Act does not require enlistment in the armed forces, only in the “uniformed services”, and only for 2 years.  This broader term includes the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration (NOAA).

The “U.S. military” argument for enacting the DREAM Act is bogus for another reason.  Illegals are already allowed to enlist in the military and earn citizenship.  Many do and are a credit to themselves and to the country.  They don’t need the DREAM Act.

Once again, as in health care “reform” and financial services “reform”, the Obama regime seeks to mislead the public by masking the reality the public opposes (amnesty for illegals) with soothing lies about helping poor “students”.

Allowing voted-out congress members to enact this travesty in the lame duck session adds insult to injury.  Defeat the DREAM Act nightmare.