John McCain's Cowardice, the DREAM Act, and the Fasters

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Hunger-striker Dulce Juarez (left) and supporter Debbie Robles dare to DREAM

Three days into her pro-DREAM Act fast outside the Phoenix office of Republican U.S. Senator John McCain, 23-year-old Dulce Juarez has a message for the ex-maverick.

"You supported the DREAM Act once," said Juarez when asked what she would tell the senator if she could. "Open your heart and support it again."

Asking Arizona's Tin Man to open what he doesn't have is problematic, though I admire Juarez and the handful of other DREAM Activists hunger striking outside McCain's offices as the DREAM Act heads for a showdown in the Senate.

Yesterday, when I stopped by the sidewalk camp the DREAMers have set up nearby McCain's office, Juarez told me she's prepared to go a week or longer, and is surviving only on water for the moment. 

Brought to this country from Mexico when she was five, Juarez is a couple of weeks away from scoring her masters in higher education from ASU.

The irony is, she can't really use it, because she can't work legally in this country. She's applied to remain, an application that's been pending for years. So she's still "illegal" in the eyes of the authorities.

"I can't stay in the country because I don't have a permit, because immigration hasn't given me one," she explained. "And I can't leave the country because I'll lose my case. They leave you permanently stuck in limbo to see how long you last."

Why do the Republinuts want to boot this intelligent, educated young lady from the country? I mean, if she were legal and scored a job with her sheepskins, she'd likely be paying as much in taxes or more than I do.

McCain has bent with the wind over the proposed legislation, which would allow those brought to this country when they were young to legalize their status if they meet a host of conditions and are either attending college or entering the military. Currently, he's bending to the nativist right.

Which is ludicrous. The guy just won reelection and won't have to face the voters for another six years. By that time, the 74-year-old may have croaked on the Senate floor. And in any case, six years from now, McCain's vote on this matter won't be an issue.

For far-right junior Senator Jon Kyl, I suppose a vote for the DREAM Act could hurt him in a Republican primary in 2012. But McCain doesn't have this excuse. His unwillingness to do the right thing by these young men and women is pure cowardice.

The latest version of the Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act is the most restrictive yet. To qualify, DREAM beneficiaries must have been in the country for five years preceding the law's enactment, and have to have been younger than 16 when brought into the U.S. Anyone older than 29 after the bill becomes law will not be eligible.

DREAMers will have to submit to background checks and health screenings, give their biometrics to the Department of Homeland Security and register for Selective Service. Their conditional status lasts for ten years, and there's three years on top of that as a legal permanent resident before they can apply for naturalization.

Anyone convicted of a one-year felony or three misdemeanors cannot apply.

And on and on. Next thing you know, they'll have to run the Boston marathon as well.

Still, the Republicrazies are threatening to filibuster it. Senate majority leader Harry Reid is looking for the magic 60-vote silver bullet to invoke the cloture rule and end debate.

If he can't get those 60, I think he should let the Republitards filibuster it. Night after night, Americans will be able to see the GOP solidify itself as the party of xenophobia, nativism and prejudice.

That ugliness will backfire as DREAM students in cap and gown flood the U.S. capitol. Can you imagine? Call the Republicans' bluff and let them make idiots of themselves.

It shouldn't be a partisan issue at all, though the Republicans have made it such. Now is the time to put a torch to the backsides of these wrong-headed politicos.

The way to do that is by jamming Congress' phone lines. All the numbers you need are on the Web site for DREAM Act Arizona, which you can access, here. Thing is, you know that the nativists have the same exact plan and have their phones locked on speed-dial.

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George1432
George1432

Funny how Dulce's brother, also an illegal has been arrested for child molestation and sexual exploitation of a minor...why should we pass the Dream Act again???

Guest
Guest

Just one word for all the people who live in a cesspool of ignorance and do not support The Dream Act: PhuQ.

Disgusted.
Disgusted.

HAHAHAAH your writing is terrible. TERRIBLE. I can't even get past it to focus on your ridiculous point.

Concerned Citizen and Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen and Taxpayer

Message to the Arizona legislators:

It is cheaper to educate then incarcerate!

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how does the price breakdown compare to deportation?incarcerationeducationa bus ticket to the border...

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

How many people have actually read the so called "Dream Act" instead of just reciting what they believe or repeating what others believe? From reading these posts I'd say most likely none of these posters have.. If you want to comment on someone's grammar or spelling you are truly showing your real agenda. Just ask my buddy James King.

Pecee69
Pecee69

I am an intelligent and educated immigrant here LEGALLY !, I work, I pay taxes. It cost me a shit load of money, years of paperwork and persistence to immigrate to the USA but I did it correctly. I strongly object to those expecting a free pass because they made it this far ILLEGALLY, and I strongly object to those trying to make me feel bad for them, take it up with those responsible, their parents !!!! If this dream act passes will you then Mr Lemmons assist me in getting legislation passes to refund the huge amount of money I paid to the US goverment to be here legally ? ............ of course not!

Allan
Allan

And the DREAMers would also like a chance to do so legally. Free pass? It also will cost them a large sum of money to process their paperwork, if the DREAM Act passes. Then they have to pay for college or serve in the military. I am sure that was not a requirement for your green card.

PS as an intelligent and well educated person, do not fell bad, feel proud of these American raised kids who are fighting for the chance to serve the USA.

Glyph
Glyph

I can't see why people don't realize this is a no-brainer. It's cheaper to educate people than it is to incarcerate them. People like Juarez are educated, motivated, eager to work, earn a decent wage, and pay taxes. Let these DREAM Act kids stay!

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guest

I've forwarded your brilliant post to the mexican government, glyph.let's hope that they take your words to heart.

Anon
Anon

Stephen, Thanks for covering these outstanding young people, who ARE our future. Tell them to hang in there, they are making history and showing how truly sick the elected officials are in the state of Arizona driving hate and bigotry and criminalizing something "after the fact". Those making the hateful decisions will one day have to answer to a higher power then themselves -- we know they think they are God -- but they aren't. How do these society cleansers and hate mongers sleep at night?

guest
guest

it's not illegal "after the fact," it was illegal to begin with. but you already knew that and are just ignoring it.

DreamActBanned
DreamActBanned

I think the bitch on the right of the picture could stand to lose a few pounds. Too many tacos and burritos are building up her tummy, thighs and her ass is begining to stick out past her waist.

Atkins and protests will help your fat latina figure. Lay off the fatty latino foods, and get into a regular exercise program, like walking your fat ass back to Mexico.

Gray Race
Gray Race

Hey dipshit I think you need to avoid smoking crack for a while. That shit is getting you paranoid.

FU
FU

the chick on the right is an american citizen, dumbass

Anon
Anon

DAB, People like you are destroying Arizona with your intolerance and hatred.

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Invictis - how ironic that you should invoke the nickname of Nelson Mandela, perhaps the greatest crusader for racial harmony ever.

How equally ironic that you can't spell it right. I'll take a thousand educated immigrants like Dulce Juarez over you, Brewer, and Pearce any day.

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

There can be no logical or humane arguement against the DREAM Act. Even if passed-it's no cake-walk to easy citizenship. It's not amnesty. It's not even close.

But it is the best option on the table offering 100% innocent victims of curcumstance an opurtunity to contribute to the only country they know as home. When faced with facts that these kids are brighter, work harder and have so much to offer our Country-the racist eliment absolutely fails at any defense other then regurgitated ALIPAC garbage and fear-bating lies. It's an extremely conservative bill regardless of the hatful propaganda being promoted around it.

The fact is The DREAM act will not increase immigration or reduce it. It neither solves nor makes worse any border issue.

It will bring in billions of dollars in revenue by adding over 1 million execptionally talented and educated people with high moral charector into what is left of our morally banckrupt society. To deny it means to punish inocent victims at the tax payers expense. To pass itmakes better economic sense. Even conservative figures show a net increase in tax revenue of 2-4 billion dollars if passed. Reliable polls show 66-70% support its passage.

How could any sane person oppose it? The answer is always the same: race-bating fear and misinformation designed to criminalize even the most inocent and make that acceptable. Any amount of reason indicates not punishing children who have done nothing wrong and everything right. Commone sense, morals and logic are all abandoned by those who argue against the DREAM Act.

The great fear of the white privaledged is that they will be invaded and treated like they treated the Native Americans here as well as all of the Americas they invaded. They need an absolute white majority to continue White Supremacy. It is all they know. No matter how hard they try to control history (elliminating ethnic studies) the facts are in Columbus's own writtings what was done to Native people:child slavery, rapes, genacide, etc..

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windtalker
windtalker

Say Darkitec, so get this....

You have been reaping the benefits of the crimes of genocide and murder against 95% of the indigenous population committed by you're forefathers. Using your logic it is high time you began paying for those crimes.

Darkitec
Darkitec

So let me get this straight, Their parents broke the law and you want to reward the kids for being illegal. I suppose you also believe that if someone robs a bank, and then gives the money to their children, the children should be able to keep the stolen money, it because it wasn't their fault that the parents are crooks?

Rob
Rob

Wow, what a great idea...kids who's parents commit crimes should be forever doomed because of what their parents did. Surely your extending this to all kids. You know like those of Jan Brewer and Russell Pierce.

Anon
Anon

Rob, Didn't you mean to say King Russell? -- the puppetier?

guest
guest

rob's a racist! he thinks that life in mexico is "forever doomed!"why do you think that you're so much better than mexicans, rob?

guest
guest

yeah, sure you are, bigotboy. you're just a big, white, racist libtard who KNOWS that mexicans can't get by in life without your help.

Rob
Rob

hahahaha...I am Mexican, genius.

bob gelder
bob gelder

No dumbass we want to reward them because the have educated themselves...something you clearly can't appreciate

Chem Trail Karen
Chem Trail Karen

Whatever already about the DREAM BRATS! I asked a question and none of you liberal pussies or even the Patriots could answer.

WHY DOESN'T SHERIFF JOE ARREST THEM? ISN'T THAT HIS JOB? THIS PATRIOT THINKS JOE NEEDS TO DO HIS JOB!

Invictis
Invictis

To the dreamers: Millions of illegal aliens have been allowed to cross the US border (most from Mexico), given work at wages much lower than US workers and this has decimated whole industries that were predominately worked by American Citizens (most with only high school educations themselves) who used to make a livable wage. With them came many of their children and of course they then solidified their hold on the US by having as many babies as possible who have been given American Citizenship (i.e. the anchor). Are the children of illegals bad? Generally, probably not; however, the ones that are constantly in the media are obviously not in the group of hispanic dropouts, many who are illegal themselves (see California high school drop out rate). I wouldn't have a specific problem if they granted provisions of the dream act to a very "select" group of illegal children such as many who have been portrayed who are currently in college and are obviously high achievers. But I will never agree to another blanket amnesty for any group that has broken the law, even if it was their parents that did so. American Citizens are tired of the rhetoric of "you owe us, you stole our land, we didn't do anything wrong, etc, we will take back what was ours by our superior birthrate, whites are old and should die," etc, etc, etc. Further, the mass demonstrations and flying the mexican flag show an additional level of disrespect for America and points that your loyalties are not with us, but against us. You have groups of latinos out there that are blatantly racist against white people such as La Raza and Maecha (just listen to the rhetoric by Pedro on examiner.com who it a lead junior leader with both these groups) whose only intent is to take over the US and make it over as another Mexico. Not only will that never fly, but it angers many of us to the point where will do anything to keep that from ever happening.

I have said this before: A better approach for those truly deserving the gift and honor of American Citizenship is by "asking nicely" and in that, asking what you can do to make yourselves right with us. Drop all the rhetoric, the threats, the demonstrations etc, and I think you will find that many of us would look at you in a whole different light. But instead, you have decided that you are owed by nature that you are here and that anyone against you must be attacked and labels as racists, bigots, haters, etc.

I have posted in many places before, sometimes in a quiet logical manner and sometimes in a blinding rage over the comments and media bias. One thing I have said consistently is that your approach is only causing many of us to be furious and angry. Further, I have also said and mean this with 100%: if you attempt to force us to take you in, if you continue to threaten, if you continue to suggest that any attempt at stopping illegal immigration into this country is wrong; then you will have a fight on your hands. If one of your leaders, congressman guitterez (wrong spelling) who has aligned himself for the "immigrants" against the American People (he obviously has forgotten what country he is in and who he represents) continues with his threats of massive civil disobedience, please know that it will be met with maximum force.

I suggest you reconsider your approach, otherwise you will never achieve what you seek in the country.

Invictis - Long LIve America

AZDrake
AZDrake

I truly believe your are mostly wrong, but there are some people who believe the borders should just be open, and there is a right to just cross over because the land was stollen. What I know of the phrase La Raza, is that it has been a cry for inner strength when all other avenues had been closed. I've never heard of a latino group arming them selves and desending on whites, but I've heard many tales of factory workers being beaten and deported because they asked for their wages. Yes, that wouldn't have happened if they were here leagally, but depicting La Raza as a group dedicated to holding back the white man rings a little false. Still I can't say that the phrase isn't racist, just as I don't deny sometimes KKK meetings were just a means of building community. But if you believe that if the latin comunity would just keep quite and not make waves then everything would be hunky dorey then you are either deluded or have an agenda to exploit.I agree there is a problem with the undocumented, they drive down wages; they stress services, and there is no way to track how much they contribute to the comunity. But make no mistake they do contribute, saying anything else is delusional, and yes racist. The question is do they contribute enough to offset what they use. We can't tell because they live under the radar, the only way around that is to get them documented, But that would be amnasty and we can't have that, better to pretend they aren't hear and keep the problems they create invisible, can't blame the employers if you can't see the problem. With out documentation the polititians can make a lot of noise with out ever doing anything to fix the problem. and make no mistake, no one has ever beleived a fence will solve the problem, all sides have the joke about the 50 foot fence and the 60 foot ladder, so no one really believes a fence will do jack.as for media bias, most of the media outlets are owned by a handful of conservative parent companies, this was made possible by legislation championed by the Clintons. We have all been had, these issues are scripted to keep us at odds with each other, for infotainment value. Tea baggers and Dems battling it out for the amusement of the top 2% who's tax cuts the Republitards are making their line in the sand.

AZDrake
AZDrake

My appologies to invictis, for my poorly written rant. I stand by what I meant, but it's I have to admit it's hard to pick out the mean from the hodge podge I wrote.

I commend you for your ability to state what you mean in a clear manner, although I still believe you are mostly wrong.

If you can make heads or tails of what you wrote I would still be interested in your thoughts. I agree there is a major problem, but I don't think we are framing the argument in a constructive manner. I believe the debate as it stands is designed to keep opportunists in power.

There is profit in Chaos, and No profit in a solution.

Dave Francis
Dave Francis

MORE TAXES TO PAY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS?

The Migration Policy Institute estimates that 2.1 million illegal aliens could be immediately eligible for legalization should the DREAM Act pass into law.

Not one of these bills has been reviewed by the Judiciary Committee, nor have Senators been provided with a (CBO) Congressional Budget Office score. Senator Jeff Sessions has stated this is a cunning game that makes it not viable for members of this body, and their constituents, to properly evaluate and consider the legislation prior to a vote. It is an abuse of the process and on that basis alone members ought to oppose cloture. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) also contacted the Congressional Budget Office today regarding (CBO) score of either the House version of the DREAM Act (H.R.1751) or the most recent Senate version (S.3992). Sen. Vitter's request is similar to one made last night by Ranking Member of the House Immigration Subcommittee Steve King (R-Iowa) says just the DREAM Act could cost as much as $20 billion dollars. Learn and Investigate facts at NumbersUSA.

On Dec. 2, 2010 Sen. Jeff Sessions addressed a letter to his Senate colleagues urging them to oppose the DREAM Act.Sen. Sessions also discussed the weaknesses of the DREAM Act by highlighting:

• the ability for individuals who qualify for the DREAM Act to sponsor their family members for (LPR) Lawful Permanent Resident or Legal Permanent Resident status once they (students) themselves have received LPR status; Years of chain migration has become a costly experiment for US taxpayers, as afterwards the sponsors have neglected their financial responsibilities and their charges have had to rely on support of welfare programs.

• individuals with criminal histories can qualify for the DREAM Act amnesty, and the Secretary of Homeland Security has the authority to waive eligibility requirements;

• DREAM Act applicants receive an immediate stay of removal proceedings, creating a safe harbor for illegal aliens facing deportation; and

• DREAM Act applicants don't need to complete college or fulfill their military service in order to receive LPR status.

So here is the full text of the Dream Act (S. 3827: Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010:

http://www.govtrack.us/congres...

Call your Three Members of Congress through the Capitol Hill switchboard: 202-224-3121to stops this immigration travesty. Liberal-Democrats do not want the Dream Act to be reviewed.

A full mass Amnesty as according to the Heritage Foundation, is estimated at 2.6 Trillion dollars. Go to the Heritage Foundation website and it will explain with graphs, projections and text by the reputable in-depth analysis by Robert Rector and future costs of a ever encroaching possibility of mass AMNESTY.

http://www.heritage.org/resear...

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guest

wow, look at joanie go! literally crying a river.how many times will she repackage the samewhimper and float it downstream?

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guest

do you ever consider fasting for yourself, stephen?now's a perfect time for you to show a little solidarity with the cause.skeptical people like myself might lend a bit more credence to yourdrivel if we knew that you skipped out on all of the yummy christmasgoodies to stand with your amigos.

Joanie
Joanie

Chem Trail Karen: How are people brought here illegally as children criminals? They didn't have any say in the matter. A lot of them were very young or even just infants. I deal with a lot of people in this situation on a regular basis and have met many good decent people who grew up here and are completely Americanized and just the kind of hard working good people we want in this country. I'd rather have them here than "fucktards" like you.

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guest

imagine the good that these criminals will do after being sent back to their own countries. they just may be the great minds needed to fix the root of the problem, otherwise known as mexico.

Joanie
Joanie

Do you really think of children brought here by their parents as "criminals?" A lot of them were brought here when they were very young, many when they were just infants. Under the law they do not even accrue illegal presence until they are 18. What if your parents brought you to another country illegally when you were a baby and you were raised in that country, going to school there, speaking their language. Would you consider yourself a criminal just for being there?

Chem Trail Karen
Chem Trail Karen

This article is just another example of the Feathered Fucktard defending criminals. I wonder why Sheriff Joe doesn't just go arrest the whole bunch. Is'nt that what we pay him for?

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guest

I wonder if anybody lets stephen lemons into their home? with his low moral character clearly on display, I'd wonder if he might get the idea that he and his amigos are entitled to my stuff and I if I'd end up missing some consumer electronics or something after one of his visits. or worse yet, a fat fuck who won't leave, sleeping in one of my bedrooms!

helentroy4
helentroy4

Maybe with her advanced degree in education she will be able to teach Chem Trail Karen how to properly spell "Is'nt" as "isn't" and also teach her that you don't end a sentence with a preposition.

I think that a majority of people who think and feel like you couldn't pass the tests that the Dream Act would require.

But, hey, send Ms. Juarez back to the land of her birth; McCain understands that his base is comprised of people who think that they are on a par with him because they think like him. Republicans have always sold that hate, fear, pie-in-the-sky and phony parity to the stupids of this country. The more stupids, the more cannon fodder. The more stupids; the less they have to fear that someone might just be smart enough to figure out their game plan.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

chemtrailkaren -- people like you ruin the once fine state of Arizona. What family, business or tourist would want to come here with the hatred you spew.

AZDrake
AZDrake

So what is the point of Chem Trails rant. A child is not legally responsible for thier parents actions, so they are not illegal; and they are well educated with the potential to pay much more in taxes than they use... What is the issue? Just what is Karen objecting to? and no I don't really expect a coherent answer from Karen, but I've been surpised before.

The Lou Show
The Lou Show

Chem Trail Karen?

She's a twit, here and elsewhere. Can't you just imagine she is one of those Monty Python Twits as you read her words? Can't you just imagine Chem Trail Karen with an overbite as she says anything ending in "turd"? Oh, yes!

Chem Trail Karen = TWIT

bob z
bob z

look at u self !!! and u will realize that u sound stupid i beth u they have more education then u and that ur just another retard talking shit...... this country is fuk but not becouse the ilegals or the terorism but becouse people like you

Joanie
Joanie

Do you really think of children brought here by their parents as "criminals?" A lot of them were brought here when they were very young, many when they were just infants. Under the law they do not even accrue illegal presence until they are 18. What if your parents brought you to another country illegally when you were a baby and you were raised in that country, going to school there, speaking their language. Would you consider yourself a criminal just for being there?

Joanie
Joanie

Sorry, posted that under the wrong post. Was not replying to your post, Bob.

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we heard your whinging the first time joanie.

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