Friday, October 26, 2007

Nightmare on "Dream" Street

It's rare WHTMC disagrees with columnist Eugene Robinson, but today we take issue with his "Republican Hot Flashes."

While we can agree that the Republicans on the Hill, Lieberman-Democrats, and the White House are having hot flashes about their current "evil".... Iran.... that isn't the thrust of Robinson's piece.

He's mainly referring to the scuttling of the latest attempt to pass the "Dream Act." This defeated Democratic-supported measure offered illegal immigrants.... who are under 30, brought to this country illegally before they were 16, have been in the U.S. at least five years and graduate from high school.... conditional legal status. After completing two years of college or two years of military service, they would have been eligible for permanent residency.

This is how Robinson describes this Dream.... but the part he left out is a nightmare.

These "Dream Act"-legalized immigrants.... estimated to be at least 2.1 million by the Center for Immigration Studies.... could then sponsor their parents, siblings, spouse and children. This would drastically balloon the impact of this legislation.

And swell our military ranks with illegal aliens.... thus arming lawbreakers whose loyalties may lie elsewhere. The Dream Act would also repeal a 1996 law that bars any state from offering in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens, thereby giving illegal aliens taxpayer-funded educational benefits not available to legal U.S. citizens.

The Bush administration and the GOP in Congress have heard the outrage over amnesty proposals.... and now dismiss the Dream Act as a "preferential path to citizenship for a special class of illegal aliens".... hoping the electorate forgets about their similar legislation offered, and defeated, earlier in the year.

What we have here aren't Republican hot flashes, but an opportunistic shower of cold water on an election hot-button issue.

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