The Dream Act – Still the Same Old Nightmare
Well, here we are again, folks. It seems like only yesterday that the Kennedy-McCain Amnesty Plan was put to death at the hands of the American taxpayers who caused such an uproar that the phone systems in the Congressional buildings were shut down. This time, however, news of the DREAM Act’s rebirth seems to have fallen on deaf ears and little if any opposition has been adequately voiced.
For those not familiar with this legislation the DREAM Act, or S.2205, would allow for high school students with illegal status to be eligible to attend institutions of higher learning in the United States. DREAM stands for “The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors,” according to the Library of Congress website where the bill can be accessed in its entirety. The bill was first introduced last year to much greater opposition than it faces this time around. This is most likely because, you guessed it; it has a supporter in the White House.
While I am wholly in favor of providing the opportunity to pursue higher education to worthy and dedicated students, it is absolutely appalling to me that hard-earned taxpayer dollars would be used to finance the education of someone who has zero history of ever contributing to the US tax system.
What is even more frightening is the lack of opposition to the fact that this bill provides amnesty in its clearest sense though its writers very tactfully chose not to utilize the word ‘amnesty’ in the bill vocabulary. Applicants to the program are immediately granted conditional status as citizens who can be quickly ruled permanent residents upon completion of education. Furthermore, these illegal immigrants would be entitled to in-state tuition rates. If that does not flip a switch in the taxpayer mind then I do not know what will. The fact that hardworking students living legally in this country are forced to pay out-of-state tuition rates to attend the school of their choice while illegal residents are handed in-state rates having never paid a dime into the system is aggravating and absolutely intolerable.
Where are all the concerned Americans who shut down the Congressional phones in ’07? It’s time to wave the anti-amnesty banner again and kill this DREAM Act before it ever reaches the President’s desk and becomes a nightmare for us all.