Friday, December 10, 2010

U.S. House Passes H.R.5281, The Removal Clarification Act Of 2010 (DREAM Act), 216-198, Thanks To Republican Turncoats And No-Shows

Voters did considerable housecleaning during the 2010 Congressional elections, but the current Congress is bent on inflicting as much damage as possible before adjourning in favor of the newer Congress in January. And on December 8th, 2010, the U.S. House inflicted further damage on America's sovereignty by passing Senate amendments to the Removal Clarification Act of 2010, also referred to as the DREAM Act, 216-198, thus ensuring its continuation. Fortunately, our very own Congressman Don Young was among the No voters. View the roll call vote HERE.

It could have been different. Eight Republican turncoats joined with 208 Democrats to vote Yes. Had these Republicans voted No, the tally would have been 208-206. It still would have passed.

However, of the 20 House members who abstained, 11 of them were Republicans. Had those 11 Republican no-shows all voted No, the DREAM Act would have failed, 217-208. Now you understand why the Tea Party takes such a dim view of RINOs. Here's a list of the eight turncoats; only two of them were re-elected to the next Congress:

Joe Cao (defeated in general election)
Mike Castle (defeated in primary)
Lincoln Diaz-Balart (retiring)
Mario Diaz-Balart
Charles Djou (defeated in general election)
Vern Ehlers (retiring)
Bob Inglis (defeated in primary)
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Known as the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, the DREAM Act is set forth in S.3827. The House version was designated as H.R.5281 and officially entitled the "Removal Clarification Act of 2010". The full text of the bill is available HERE. Specifically, the intent of the DREAM Act is to provide “green cards” and the opportunity for citizenship to some illegal immigrants who were brought to the country as children, if they attend college or join the military for two years. An estimated 65,000 high school graduates each year cannot go on to college because of their illegal status.

Critics of the bill say it rewards lawbreakers, allows those who commit some misdemeanor crimes to be eligible, adds to the Federal deficit in the long term and creates a new work force that competes with American citizens and legally resident aliens. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), a longtime opponent of illegal immigration, said “The DREAM Act is a nightmare for the American people. It insults American workers, American taxpayers and anyone who believes in the rule of law. The DREAM Act hurts millions of Americans who have lost their jobs, are underemployed or are threatened with layoffs. It puts the interests of illegal immigrants ahead of those of law-abiding Americans.” Read Alabama Senator Jeff Session's ten objections to the DREAM Act HERE.

The bill might be more palatable if eligibility would be restricted exclusively to those who had honorably completed a term of military service.

Next stop - the U.S. Senate. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) scheduled a procedural vote for Thursday December 9th, but faced with certain failure, Senate Democrats instead voted to pull their bill, S.3827, and take up a version identical to the House bill. If the Senate were to pass that version, the legislation would go directly to President Obama for his signature, skipping the process of reconciling the two chambers' measures. The Senate is still expected to deal with the measure before year's end. Senator Lisa Murkowski has not declared her current position on the DREAM Act, but she did vote against it the last time it came up in 2007.

A Gallup Poll just released indicates that 54 percent of respondents support the DREAM Act, while 42 percent are opposed and 4 percent have no opinion. Not surprisingly, non-Whites overwhelmingly support it 69 percent to 26 percent, while Whites are almost evenly split (Whites are the only racial group who do not vote tribally). Republican respondents oppose it, 63-34 percent.


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