Cornyn Statement on Don't Ask Don't Tell and the DREAM Act
by John Cornyn on December 18, 2010 at 11:17 AM
I made the following statements today regarding the Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal and the Dream Act.
Don't Ask Don't Tell:
With three of the four military service chiefs expressing clear reservations over the proposed repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, today’s vote shows blatant disregard for the opinions of those who know our military best. With our troops engaged in combat overseas, now is not the time to increase the level of stress on our Armed Forces through such a dramatic policy change. It is a disgrace that this latest item from the liberal legislative wish-list is being jammed through at the expense of military readiness.
The Dream Act:
It is a shame that Majority Leader Harry Reid continues to play politics with the DREAM Act. I am sympathetic to the plight of children who have no moral culpability for being in this country illegally and I support the intent of the bill today, but not this legislation and not this way. Despite years of objections this bill still allows illegal immigrants with criminal records to apply and receive benefits. It has never had a Senate committee hearing. It has not had any Senate committee process – of any kind – in seven years and Senator Reid refuses to allow any amendments. This is unacceptable and it is not the way to pass legislation.
The DREAM Act is an important element in the larger immigration debate. A debate that Senate Democrats and President Obama - despite their campaign promises – have chosen to ignore in their pursuit of other policies they deemed more important. It deserves better than to be jammed through in the waning hours of a lame duck session of Congress.