DREAM Act Reintroduced as Democrats Continue Kabuki Courtship of Latinos

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DREAM On.
Illinois Senator Richard Durbin will re-introduce the DREAM Act later this morning.

Durbin's move is the second step in the Democratic Party's kabuki courtship of Latino voters ahead of the 2012 elections, which began with Barack Obama's bogus immigration speech yesterday.

The DREAM Act, if passed, would allow undocumented youth meeting certain requirements to continue their lives in the United States and begin the long process of becoming citizens. Supporters of the legislation argue it will boost America's economy and military by allowing talented -- but undocumented -- young folks to legally integrate into society. Critics claim it will inspire "chain migration" to the United States, as Texas Representative Lamar Smith recently argued in a Washington D.C. daily.

Merits aside, the bill is unlikely to pass, and its introduction isn't much more than a gesture of support from Democrats to Latinos.

According to Senator Durbin, the bill is limited to immigrants who came to the United States before they were 15, have lived in the country for at least five years, "have good moral character," graduated from high school, and then either completed two years of college or joined the military.

The House of Representatives passed the DREAM Act last fall, but the bill failed in the Senate. It did receive 55 votes, a majority in the upper chamber but not enough to break a Republican filibuster.

Local activist Carmen Cornejo is a full-time booster of the DREAM Act with CADENA, an association of teachers, parents and activists who support the legislation. She sees the bill's re-introduction of the legislation as a positive step but considers the bill "long overdue."

"We are eager to work in a bi-partisan manner so Congress can pass this long overdue piece of legislation soon," Cornejo tells New Times. "We want to bring American-raised young talent and human resources to the workforce and the military of our nation. We understand that is always an uphill battle, but each time we are better prepared and more sophisticated in the use of our own resources."

The DREAM Act is unlikely to become law given the current makeup of the Congress and the anti-immigrant mood in the country. It was first introduced in 2001, steadily gaining support up until its defeat in the Senate last December. Cornejo understands that the current makeup of Congress makes passage unlikely but believes the legislation will pass one day.

"It is not a matter of 'if' the DREAM Act will pass but 'when,'" she argues. "The recognition of hard work, self-determination and the possibilities of a better future for all our communities embodied by the DREAMers is what makes the USA so special and singular in the world."

Slate ran a provocative commentary yesterday arguing that foreign-immigrant students and businessmen will save the American economy if we make it easier for them to become Americans. Wonder what would happen if we'd allow talented young people who are already here to use their talents instead of deporting them?

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Dave Francis
Dave Francis

On March 17,2011, Democrat Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada speculated for reasons known tohimself, that the TEA PARTY would be short lived and disappear? Where hecame up with this hypothesis makes the Tea Party branch members laugh, as theTea Party is continually growing and now in the tens of millions. As of today there are thousands of thesecells, as the spirited Founder and chair Rev. William Temple of FreedomJamboree and the Tea Party National Straw Poll Convention explained at the newsconference. Temple reprimanded the majority Speaker of the House Republicans,John Boehner. He had not sufficiently pushed for a cut in the massive federaldeficit of 14.5 Trillion dollars and climbing each day. One of the main issuesthat must be exposed is the distraction of the illegal immigration invasion.This is currently associated with jobs, the economy, gasoline pricesand banks that not lending to home buyers.

In El Paso, Texas, yesterday presidentObama made a speech relating border security and the need to allow moreimmigrants into America? My assumption we should ask the 22 million Americanswho are unable to find a full time jobs, specifically the poorer workers who don’thave a higher education? So just what we necessitate is more immigrantlabor so says the President? According to the president’s speech and HomelandSecurity Secretary Janet Napolitano the border is more secure now, than it’sever been? Yet according to the General Accounting office “illegalaliens can only be stopped along 129 miles of our nearly 2,000 mile longborder with Mexico and along only 2 miles of our nearly 4,000 mile long borderwith Canada!" Local Border Sheriffs Larry Dever ofCochise County and Paul Babeu of Pinal County and anonymous Border agents havea different attitude to Obama’s statement.

The border region is moredangerous than ever before? That the border is so dangerous, that there aresigns indicating these certain areas are off limits to the American public. Rep. Michele Bachmann, Senator Rand Paul, keyleadership of the Tea Party opposes measures of easingimmigration restrictions. Over the previous 3 decades, our borders have become lesseffective, with easy access in some locations to illegal immigrants, increasingthe flood while the enforcement of our existing immigration laws have fallen ondeaf ears. Rep. Bachmann stated, " I support legislation that firstaddresses our most urgent problem: securing America's borders. We must start byusing new technologies such as electronic surveillance where most effective. We need to enforce current laws by holdingresponsible those who willfully violate our nation's immigration laws.”

Bachmannalso co-sponsored declaring English as the official language of the US. Activistshave said remove incentives and rewards to illegal aliens such as licenses,welfare, and other taxpayer services. Senator Rand Paul in my personal letter said, “I also believethat subsidizing something creates more of it, and I do not think the Americantaxpayers should be forced to pay for welfare, medical care and other expensesfor illegal immigrants. I will work to stop those taxpayer fundedbenefits." America is aland of charitable and compassionate people, but our generosity and principlesare being strained and being abused by those who are willing to break the law, takingour jobs and our tax dollars. Why is it not a felony to enter the United Stateswithout permission? Today theseindividuals are protesting and demanding even more from the taxpayers, in theform of education, health care, services that is provided to citizens and legalresidents.

The Tea Party America's has declared that the illegal alien populationwill begin to shrink instead of growing, if we support candidates that willreflect the will of the vast majority of American citizens. The revolt withinthe Republican Party is the TEA PARTY who is resentful of both politicalparties having agendas to support their individual empowerment. This accountsfor thousands of extra votes for Democrats and for the GOP exploitable cheaplabor. Neither is the belief of the TEA PARTY that wants stronger enforcementat the North and Southern border, which includes a National Guard presence,with the ability to kill drug smuggling, weapons and illegal immigrants, withforce if necessary? Furthermore, the mandated use of the new version ofE-Verify, that carries tough penalties for businesses that hire workers,without legal status. In addition, the Permanent operation of “SecureCommunities” in local police locations, to fingerprint and check their criminalcharges through ICE data bases.

TheTea Party will not tolerate any furtherAmnesties, after the Great 1986 Amnesty laws were ignored by bothparties.Internally in America, 20 million illegal aliens still find work innotoriousbusinesses of every classification. The 2006 Secure (Double) Fence Actwasintentionally unfunded just months after being enacted. The Tea PartyapposesSanctuary Cities, Chain Migration and the court mishandled instantcitizen forbabies intentionally conceived to gain entrance for illegal parentsintoAmerica. The Dream Act, which in turn will add to the Chain MigrationandImmigration Reform, a misleading name for Amnesty. All these lenientrewards,just encourages further exploitation and a unfettered magnet tofinancialbenefits and public services once crossing the border or overstayingexpiredvisas. The American people have woken up and each day are finding thatthe TeaParty (perhaps third party) are more like their middle classinterpretationthat they are striving for? The Tea Party stands somewhere betweenDemocratsand Republicans in definition, as moderate Conservatism have receivedamazingresults in such a short time. So Join the TEA PARTY as the revolutionhas just begun,to fade out the radical people who run this country. Skilled immigrants with high profession job expertise will receive thehospitality of all Americans, including the Tea party members. But wemust stop the unfettered incursion of people, who will need welfareassistance and will displace impoverished Americans who still have amanual jobs.

Carmen Cornejo
Carmen Cornejo

Thanks for the update on the DREAM Act. There is a lot of talent on our dreamers. They represent the best America has to offer. It is an issue of competitiveness, readiness to global challenges, as well as moral obligation and decency.

Just_Another_Joe
Just_Another_Joe

 Isn't that so, though?

But unfortunately, morons like Walter will continue to buy into the divide & conquer strategy as if it were totally the opposite. 

4Justice
4Justice

E-Verify, E-Verify, E-Verify! No deportations necessary (except felons). Those who Dream can have a path but only when E-Verify is law of land and corrupt business people are in jail like Chipotles. No Federal Visa's for h1b, l23, etc for 4 years. Then all jobs posted on Department of Labor web site for 120 days. Anyone can then apply. If the business that brings in any visa worker they will need to fund $150K scholarship for that job requirement. We have enough workers we just need fairness and enforcement.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

You speak like a rascist, new world order, United Nations paid shill. Is that you? Divide and conquer. Inflame and instill hatred with your globalist agenda. You're well taught. I'm sorry but "our dreamers" are exactly that....dreamers. I notice you use the word "America" and not "the United States". Aren't you interested in making "the best America has to offer" citizens of the United States or is this about the future global designation of North America which will be composed of what was Canada, the United States and Mexico? You speak with propaganda lips to disinform and distract.

Just_Another_Joe
Just_Another_Joe

 How ironic that someone such as yourself, Walter would complain about racism + divide & conquer tactics...........when you just engaged in the latter!

Jason
Jason

The DREAM Act, since it was introduced in 2001, has failed in Congress every year it has been introduced, regardless of Congressional makeup and the political party the president belongs to. Why continue to beat a dead horse?

Undocumented aliens are not the future of America. They are not the future of anything but their parents own civil and criminal actions that landed them in the in the position they're in now. My tax dollars paid for their education, my tax dollars went to their healthcare, and all this time they knew they were fucking illegal Goddamn criminals?!?

I want every last Goddamn useless criminal illegal rounded the fuck up and shipped back to wherever the fuck they came from. Their useless brown asses serve no purpose in other than to leech off the taxpayers and whine and cry that their families are being broken apart when they know full fucking well that they have violated federal law. These people come here only to make anchor babies that get U.S. citizenship upon birth so that the parents can become legal permanent residents of the United States.

Note to the illegals: I don't give a fuck about you, your family, or your fucking plight. If I had my way, you'd be rounded up, shackled, and forced to secure our border.

Note to those who continue to suck Mexican dick: Get their dicks out of your mouths, open your eyes and take a look around you. You Mexican cocksuckers are more than likely unemployed, thanks to these criminals ruining someone's life and stealing your job. Wake up. Stop supporting them by sucking Mexican dick and support booting their sorry, useless brown asses out of the United States.

Oi! Girl!
Oi! Girl!

I WANT EVERY GODDAMN USELESS SHITHEAD NAMED JASON TO BE ROUNDED UP AND SHIPPED BACK TO SYPHILIS INFESTED 3RD WORLD COUNTRY THIER ANCESTORS CAME FROM!

Jesus is the way
Jesus is the way

your a very un happy hombre aren't you? you need to get to church get saved or born again and find Jesus before its to late for your soul. your hatred towards others will shorten your life span and cause stomach ulcers. or get to some anger manament classes. good luck.

Oi! Girl!
Oi! Girl!

I am the happiest person to ever live because I am the Anti-Christ your time is coming and all will feel my wrath!!! 666 The Number of the Beast! So Good Luck to you my mislead sheep you will come and join my flock soon HAHAHA

Fuck Them Beaners
Fuck Them Beaners

You should meet the short fat Mexican Beaner meth dealer D Cordova and E Valdez on my street. they been in business for over 8 years without never getting pinched. and the local cops Sgt Chuck Williams of the cactus precinct knows about them but nothing ever gets done. cars,trucks and drug buying customers coming and going 24/7 for 8 years now. the idea that they come to this country to work and support their familys is a crock of shit. the beaner drug dealers male and female on my block do not work they sell meth!

Oi! Girl!
Oi! Girl!

Hey thank your buddy MEX American Biker and his WHITE biker buddies for inventing Meth!!! And then you two can get face fucked by a big black man. Oh and the reason the cops don't do anything is because thier on the take.

Oi! Girl!
Oi! Girl!

@ Mex American Biker Thanks I am Literate and I'll just go ahead and correct you it was the Japanese that invented Meth but it also occurs naturally in some trees that ONLY grow in west Texas seeing as that’s where you’re from you would know all about that. I meant to say it was introduced by bikers. You really are the one that needs to be ashamed check your fucken' grammar then call me stupid and uneducated. As far as being a hick I guess no more then you are, but at least I know where to put a period.

Mex Americain Biker
Mex Americain Biker

HITLERS NAZIS invented Meth not Bikers. your literate. also the Japs in Japan were big into Meth to for Kamikaze Pilots during the big war during the bombing of pearl harbor in Hawaii.. read your history books dude. your a fucking uneducated desert hick! other than that i know you dont really know shit. you should be ashamed of yourself for being so stupid.and uneducated. do your work at taco bell for minium wage and live at home with your parents?

Rob
Rob

Can I trade you the two families of white meth heads living down the street from us?

Tweekers In RVs
Tweekers In RVs

Do they live in an old white Toyota RV camper in some guys driveway?

Fuck Them Beaners
Fuck Them Beaners

white meth addicts are worse. the beaners who deal speed on my street dont do drugs they just sell them. its a fami drug business out of old mexico.thats why they never get busted. i guess they have good business sense. dont get high on your own supply.

Randy
Randy

Does he have a buzz cut hair cut and drive a black pick up truck? I think I know the guy your talking about.

Vago
Vago

buzz cuts and pick up trucks with shiny custom chrome rims? that about 99% of them. they all look the same like black guys do.

Cheppo
Cheppo

Mexicans from Mexico are a bunch of fat uneducated hicks who mooch off this country. in no way do I feel a kinship to them and im Colorado Born Mexican American and I cant stand them invading this country. they need to get and education and try learning English and become American citizens the legal way like my field worker parents did in the 1940s. thats how you get respect. not by whining sniveling and complaining and begging for a free hand out. try following the rules of this country and you might get out of the barrio and stop having to do stoop labor all your life. and learn the English language for Gods sake.

Allan Cameron
Allan Cameron

Cheppo, you do realize that the DREAM act requires a U.S. high school diploma, English skills, good moral character THEN further college or military. No "freebies" here, Feel free to respect the DREAMers

Oi! Girl!
Oi! Girl!

Hey fucktard if you bleach your skin enough and change your name to Chip you can be white too. Nothing like a little self loathing to make the look the complete.

Proud Aryan
Proud Aryan

you just gave it away. you are a fat mexican who refuses to go to the gym work out have a little self respect and loose some weight. at least you can write in English. the language of all White Celtic Anglo Aryan

Oi! Girl!
Oi! Girl!

Hey, buddy why don't you go back to Celtic Anglo Aryan Land and speak English there as for me I speak the Native tongue spoken here in this land for hundreds of years before Christopher Columbus the Guido Wop prick and his SYPHILIS INFESTED Filth carrying Euro Trash invaded this land. So swim across the Atlantic you Paddy Taig wetback. I’m assuming your Irish based on your use of Celtic and because the Aryan Brotherhood was founded by an Irish Man. Or maybe that was the KKK? I’m not sure I get all of you white Christian groups mixed up maybe it’s the MSCO?

Mex Americain Biker
Mex Americain Biker

I am half white my mothers side and half mexican my fathers side. I born in Texas. get over yourself punk. your all talk and no action.

Jim
Jim

there you go getting jelous AGAIN!

Jim
Jim

your not really a OI! Girl!. your a guy. so you can not be trusted

Felix
Felix

they are like loud yelling bitchy cry babies. illegal Mexicans figure if they yell loud enough like spoiled brats they will get what they want. remember years ago when illegal Mexicans were hard working polite quite people who minded their own business and were very friendly neighbors who sold you burritos and tamales cheap for extra money? those were the good cool Mexicans. they are not like that anymore.

Mex American Biker
Mex American Biker

Further proof of the downward spiral of the Latino Culture.

Oi! Girl!
Oi! Girl!

Yes you sure are! You should kill yourself now to further advance the Latino Culture we haven't been able to get ahead since you were born.

Fat White Trash
Fat White Trash

Just make a law that all illegal Mexicans have to go to the gym daily and work all that fat off of their gordo and gorda bodies and loose weight. that should scare them all out of this state. you never see Mexicans at the gym. they are fat and lazy. and they never work out at a gym or care about their fat over weight bodies. thats where the term fat mexicans came from.

@mrfutbol
@mrfutbol

Trespassers in the GOP TPN First Degree you better get those long form birth certificates or have a pre-ordered "Z" Patch because Arizona's Section 1070 brown skin, brown eyes President Obama brown skin with brown eyes CCA Prison for GOP "Attestation" profit is empty. $150,000,000 Million Arpaio 4th aveneu Reich dollars later Jan's land is renewing it's Border Human Economic Opportunity at the Southern border. Yet another $20,000,000 Million Babeu dollars all the while screaming and shouting what the TPN is all about. YOU LIE! YOU LIE! Attest unto Russell and his Gangsta GOP. Dream that we going to Kansas and have a time in the barn where the sheep said Hell no you won"t! Please send Federal dollars we got Hendershot for two in Honduras to get to.

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