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Dems want vote on DREAM Act next week

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After September's failed attempt at a vote in the Senate, the DREAM Act could see another chance as soon as next week, according to Politico:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to push for a vote during the lame-duck session on a bill that would legalize young, undocumented immigrants if they attend college or serve in the military, according to Democratic sources familiar with a leadership conference call Wednesday.

With this, Democrats seem to be willing to give thanks and recognize the Latino vote that kept them from suffering a more disastrous debacle in the midterm elections.

Days before the election, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told Spanish network Univision that the DREAM Act was a top priority in the lame-duck session of the Senate, and that he only needed support from Republicans who had previously said they favored it.

To make sure legislators from both parties keep their promises, activists are already planning rallies to bring awareness to the possibility of finally having the DREAM Act voted on next week.

“Elections are over so senators may feel more comfortable voting for the bill. We are looking at a stand-alone DREAM Act or as part of the defense bill again (as it was the case back in September),” said María Marroquin with DREAMActivist.

She said they’re planning a rally at the Bell Tower at Temple University this afternoon. They’re also planning a panel discussion from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Barton Hall Classrooms Room 109 at Temple University.

Opponents have already started a campaign to try and stop Congress from moving forward with any measures at all, citing the elections as evidence that Americans don’t want this government to do anything else.

Nonetheless, sympathizers argue that DREAM Act is crucial for this country to move forward.

It was back on Sept. 21 that a Republican-led blockade in the Senate kept the Military and National Defense Authorization Act from being voted on. The proposal included the DREAM Act and the repeal of the "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy in the military.

America's Voice is already circulating an online petition to gather signatures and show support for the DREAM Act.

We'll update you next week about any movement on the bill.

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Comments (5)

Submitted by Francis (not verified) on November 13, 2010 1:38 pm

Any new State laws akin to Arizona's new policing policies, will be a waste of time if Sen. Harry Reid passes the Dream Act--or incremental AMNESTY?

DREAM ACT $$$$$ CONSEQUENCES NEXT WEEK

Before Senator Harry Reid goes ahead in the imminent Lame Duck session in introducing the obnoxious Dream Act (DE FACTO AMNESTY), Agjobs or any immigration reform law rewarding people who stole into America. We should remember if the Dream Act passes, this will allow the new legitimized students to bring many more family members into the country under "Chain migration" law. THAT MEANS MILLIONS MORE IMMIGRANTS WILL BE COMING HERE, THAT TAXPAYERS WILL HAVE TO SUPPORT? Asked senile Reid and his Liberal Progressives the cost of yet another Amnesty? Ask Robert Rector of the think-tank Heritage Foundation, as his analysis of amnesty recipients have very low education levels (75 to 85 percent have only a high school diploma or less), they are likely to receive more in government benefits than they pay in taxes through most of their lives. When they reach retirement age, amnesty recipients will impose a large net cost on taxpayers, receiving each year at least $17,000 more per person in benefits than they pay in taxes. That means people who have never paid anything into the ailing Social Security system, will also be rewarded of those who come here under the the chain migration laws.

The illegal immigrants granted amnesty under this law are likely to impose a net cost of at least $2.6 trillion on U.S. taxpayers during their retirement years. Doesn't Reid have no sympathy, no respect for US taxpayers who pay the bills for anybody who slips into our sovereign country. Why should we pay for other nations poor, when we have an estimated 15 million Americans seeking work? Policymakers should carefully consider the potential long-term fiscal costs before enacting the amnesty provisions of this bill. One of the largest costs to taxpayers annually is the instant citizenship of babies of illegal parents (Anchor Babies) This number of infants ranges in hundreds of thousands annually that have long term expenditures, in education, health care and other taxpayer public services. Until the real fencing is built (double layer with electrified paired fencing), and stop internal enforcement is not compromised by both parties. Sen. Reid, Pelosi, Barbara Boxer,Napolitano nearly killed E-Verify and such is it is, is only voluntary for businesses owners.

The Tea Party and moderate Conservative, Republicans and Democrats must enforce 1986 immigration law and no more funding to Sanctuary Cities as with New York and California. Bombard your Senator and Congressman in Washington, by calling (202)224-3121 In addition; don't let your State representatives off the hook either? Learn more of the truth, not LIES at NumbersUSA. Learn about corruption in Washington and State Capitols at Judicial Watch

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on November 13, 2010 6:33 pm

LOL@Francis

You need a date, my man.

Submitted by Annonymous (not verified) on November 14, 2010 6:20 am

I have some students who lack documentation and would benefit from the Dream Act. Based on their academic progress to date, we would also benefit if they could attend college. If the city of Philadelphia can clear the cases of 19,400 fugitives (http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20101112_Philadelphia_officials_clear_...) - some who are alleged to have committed very violent crimes such as armed robbery and rape, then why not allow people who were brought to the U.S. as children without documentation have an opportunity to gain legal status and go to college? I feel safer with my students when I wait for SEPTA than many of the people who were dismissed by Seth Williams (Phila. DA).

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on November 29, 2010 2:44 pm

We all need to realize the benefits of passing the Dream Act. If more people go to college, sometime in the future I,m sure more jobs will have to be created, therefore bettering the economy in this wonderful country we call the United States of America. Also, if it is passed, more people will be able to join the military in case the shit hits the fan with North and South Korea. =D

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