Thursday, September 13, 2007

Termites Never Sleep (and neither does the open borders crowd)

Senate Poised to Debate DREAM Act

This week, there have been increasing reports from the Hill that Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) intends to offer the DREAM Act as an amendment to the FY08 Department of Defense Authorization Bill (H.R.1585). Debate of this legislation and the Durbin Amendment is expected NEXT WEEK! Yesterday, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) held a press conference alerting the Capitol press corps to the growing possibility that the DREAM Act would be resurrected. Calling the bill "amnesty," he said, "We may be headed for another immigration battle."

The DREAM Act does two things: (1) it grants amnesty to illegal aliens who entered the country before the age of 16 and have met certain educational requirements and (2) it reverses current law to allow states to provide in-state tuition to illegal aliens while charging non-resident U.S. citizens out-of-state tuition.

The DREAM Act creates a three-tiered system to grant amnesty to illegal aliens who arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16.

Illegal aliens who are over 12 and are enrolled in primary or secondary school are eligible for a stay of removal. Illegal aliens who have obtained a high school diploma or a GED, or have simply been admitted to an institution of higher education, are eligible for conditional lawful permanent resident status (conditional LPR status).

There is NO CAP ON THE NUMBER OF ALIENS who may receive conditional LPR status, there is NO AGE LIMIT, and such status MAY BE EXTENDED INDEFINITELY.

Illegal aliens who have already obtained conditional LPR status under the act and have also completed at least 2 years of a degree program or 2 years in the military are eligible for legal permanent resident status (LPR status).

Flake-Gutierrez Amnesty Bill back on the front burner again

According to our friends at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a newly-introduced bill gives millions of illegal aliens what they want -- AMNESTY -- despite promises of tougher enforcement. As noted by Ira Mehlman of FAIR, "Really what it does is it grants amnesty to just about everybody who's been in the country illegally before June 1, 2006, so that encompasses just about everybody who's in the country illegally right now."

The “STRIVE Act of 2007” (Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy), introduced by Congressmen Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ), is similar to the Senate bill put forward last year by Senators Ted Kennedy and John McCain. Kennedy even praised the Gutierrez-Flake bill, and said he was optimistic a new Senate bill will follow!

You read that right: we've won the battle against AMNESTY for illegals for the second time in a row, but the pro-amnesty forces are trying to bring it back again in the form of the “STRIVE Act”…