The Dream Act - Democrats pull another "fast one" on the American public.
by Bob Price on November 30, 2010 at 1:10 PM
It is really amazing what happens when one actually reads the text of a bill. You find out what the Democrats are really up to! Democrats have been teasing Hispanic Voters for years with the Dream Act. Dangling it like a carrot to keep Hispanic Voters locked down "on the Democrat Plantation". And yet, The Dream Act will continue to be DENIED because of games the Democrats like to play.
The Dream Act has promised to provide permanent residence status for the children of illegal aliens who came to the USA with no culpability of the crime of illegal immigration IF they complete two years of college, OR serve honorably in the US Military for period of two years.
That sounds great, right? Two years of honorable military service in exchange for permanent residence status - who could oppose that? Well, it seems the devil is in the details, for that is not what the Dream Act calls for at all. The text of the Dream Act as it is currently before Congress (S.3962 or S.3963) says the alien may apply for the change of status to permanent resident if:
"The alien has completed at least 1 of the following:
(i) The alien has acquired a degree from an institution of higher education in the United States or has completed at least 2 years, in good standing, in a program for a bachelor’s degree or higher degree in the United States.
(ii) The alien has served in the uniformed services for at least 2 years and, if discharged, has received an honorable discharge."
Uniformed services? Not "Military Services"? What do they mean by "uniformed services"? I looked at the definitions contained in the bill and found the following:
"UNIFORMED SERVICES- The term ‘uniformed services’ has the meaning given that term in section 101(a) of title 10, United States Code."
This led me to the following:
Search 10 U.S.C. § 101 : US Code - Section 101: Definitions
(5) The term "uniformed services" means -
(A) the armed forces;
(B) the commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and
(C) the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service.
This text was changed after it was defeated this summer as an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill.
The Conservative Hispanic Society (CHS) has come out against the Dream Act because of these changes. They reported:
"CHS believes there is no better way to show loyalty to your adopted country by serving in the US military. Changing the language to say uniformed gives too much latitude for Congress or the President to “uniform” the Peace Corp or the Job Corp and cheapen the intent of giving resident status to undocumented aliens that sacrifice for our county through military service."
Remember Barack Obama's speech where he wants to build a "Civilian Force that is as well funded and well equipped as the US Military"?
CHS also opposes the change from a requirement of a high school diploma to that of a GED stating, "The addition of the GED requirement does not promote staying in school, graduating high school and will actually contribute to increase the already high Hispanic dropout rates across the country."
It is time for Democrats to stop playing games with Hispanic voters and the children who are caught in legal limbo waiting for a solution to their status.
Urge your Senators to vote NO on the Dream Act as it is currently written and then let the new Republican House write a new bill to bring a solution to this problem. And tell Senate Democrats to quit playing games with Hispanic voters and children!
What do you think?