The Dream Act, up for debate and a vote in the US Senate this weekend, is federal legislation that offers many free passes to young, illegal immigrants, who believe they are entitled to American services. Sidestepping any real federal immigration reform, this legislation will perpetuate applying derogatory labels to congressional members angling for successful reform.
Any reform rushed through Congress should quickly raise red flags.
“When House Democrats last week passed the DREAM Act before the Senate had staged its vote, the timing was no accident. Instead, the chronology was part of a carefully designed strategy — orchestrated, with some tension, between the two chambers — to grant the proposal its greatest shot at success.
“The fast-evolving process required behind-the-scenes scheduling changes; an 11th hour hearing; constant lobbying from supporters; and a risky-but-successful show of procedural gymnastics in the Senate — all aimed at lending momentum to the hot-button bill in hopes of enacting it by month’s end.”
When reading about the Dream Act, and its educational benefits, economic boost and moral imperative, think twice about the current state of economic affairs, political jockeying for 2012 and creative, sensible ideas being ignored that could potentially reach some sort of healthy middle ground based on all the above in a streamlined effort. The nearly 10-year old act begets ruthless name calling against its opposition better than it establishes a resolution for fair immigration practices.