Traitor Senators Keep Shoving the Dream Act- ( blanket amnesty for foriegn nationals guilty of criminal trespass

Senate Committee Keeps Dreaming the DREAM

even if the hearing was a partisan circus of illegal alien adoration

 

By Jonathan Osborne, Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT – posted on

(The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security hosted a hearing Tuesday morning on the DREAM Act. The Senators in attendance were Patrick Leahy (Committee Chairman) of Vermont, Chuck Grassley (Committee Ranking Member) of Iowa, Dick Durbin (Senate Majority Whip and bill sponsor) of Illinois, Chuck Schumer (Subcommittee Chairman) of New York, John Cornyn (Subcommittee Ranking Member) of Texas, Al Franken of Minnesota, and Dianne Feinstein of California.

The witnesses on the first panel included DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Clifford Stanley, the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.

The witnesses on the second panel included Ola Kaso, a prospective DREAM Act student, Lieutenant Colonel Margaret Stock of the U.S. Army Reserves, and Steve Camarota with the Center for Immigration Studies. )

As some people may remember, the lame duck 111th Congress (which was lame well before the election) attempted to pass a last minute version of the DREAM Act before the new Congress took over control in January 2011. Fortunately, the bill fell short of the votes necessary to meet cloture (consent to end debate) in the Senate. Majority Leader Harry Reid, Majority Whip Dick Durbin, and numerous other House and Senate Democrats cried foul and blamed the Republicans for maliciously ruining the future of “immigrant” children through the power of filibuster (a parliamentary procedure not exclusive to Republicans).

For the record, cloture failed by a vote of 55 to 41 on December 18, 2010 thanks to Democrat Senators Mark Pryor, Jon Tester, Ben Nelson, Kay Hagan, and Max Baucus.

On the other hand, Republican Senators Dick Lugar (who is up for reelection this year), Lisa Murkowski, and Bob Bennett voted in favor of the DREAM Act.

In other words, the cloture vote failed because Majority Leader Reid could not find the necessary votes on his side of the aisle, not because of the “so called” Republican obstruction (which was a failed campaign message before and after the 2010 election).

this mexican drug cartel marijuana grower would be given amnesty under the dream act

Fast-forward a little more than six months and the Democrats have their smallest House minority in decades and are barely in control of the Senate. However, they still dream the DREAM Act. Conversely, this time, instead of forcing the bill straight to floor they try a novel concept of first holding a Congressional hearing on the legislation, even if the hearing was a partisan circus of illegal alien adoration (say that three times fast).

The hearing was well advertised, especially after supporters of the legislation announced their plans to bus in numerous illegal alien children and pack the room. Indeed, the anticipated crowd was so large that the Committee had to switch venues from a room in the Dirksen building to a larger room in the Hart building. Thirty minutes before the hearing started, Hart 216 was so full that Senate staff and Capitol Police were directing people to an overflow room. The whole room was filled with students: legal, illegal, interns, and professionals alike. It was an intimidating sight, but the hearing itself was designed to be intimidating. It’s hard for a politician to say “no” when they know they are surrounded by people who want them to say “yes.”

Just prior to the hearing, Senator Durbin entered the room and made a point of being seen hugging the children and shaking hands with the supporters of his legislation. At least 95% of the room favored the DREAM Act prior, during, and after the hearing concluded.

The Committee was called to order with Senator Durbin leading the hearing after being granted special permission from Subcommittee Chairman Chuck Schumer, who had another hearing to attend. Senator Durbin presented his usual “think of the children” emotional appeal argument for the legislation in his opening statement, while Senator Cornyn, staring at the massive crowd and cameras began his statement with a nervous tone before collecting himself and stating his opposition to the bill.

Specifically, Senator Cornyn said, “It’s a Band-Aid and does nothing to fix our broken immigration system…nothing to prevent further illegal immigration.” He continued by asking an important and well thought question, “If we pass this bill, will we be back here in five years with the same bill.”

When Senator Feinstein took over with her opening remarks, she immediately defended the bill claiming it was not a hand out, but an “opportunity” for upstanding students. She said, “These youngsters have no culpability.” She continued by saying, “They’ve made great use of our education system,” as if it were something to be commended.

My parents, sister, and numerous friends are public school teachers. I cannot possibly understand how someone like Senator Feinstein can commend an action that takes away education dollars, increases class size, and puts American, legal standing children, at such a disadvantage.

Senator Feinstein continued her statement by saying, “these students work hard and want the American dream” and that “these borders have been more secure than they have ever been; people coming over in the thousands like the 1990s no longer happens.” Senators Schumer and Leahy gave similar emotional appeal type statements like Senator Durbin before turning the Committee over to witness testimony.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan was the first witness to testify and he presented an absolutely disgraceful statement, almost like he and Senator Durbin (both Chicago institutions) choreographed the presentation prior to the hearing. However, his account of the DREAM Act and his accusations are frightening.

Specifically, he said, “Our children’s long term prosperity will suffer because these kids can’t fulfill their potential” and that students who will benefit from the DREAM Act deserve a fair chance to succeed.” It’s like robbing Peter to pay Paul; he tries to justify fairness for the “DREAM kids” by taking fairness away from American kids. He went on to present some manufactured and grossly hypothetical number that between $1.4 and $3.6 trillion (note the $2.2 trillion gap between two numbers; Annual U.S. GDP is just over $14 trillion) of earnings would be generated by passing the DREAM Act. He continued by saying the United States needs to offer these kids low cost student loans and that the DREAM Act is not an amnesty, only legal status.

Why is the U.S. Education Secretary arguing for changes to immigration law in front of the U.S. Senate anyway? The Anti-lobbying Act of 1919 prevents federal officials from lobbying Members of Congress, but all those rules are thrown out the door if the federal official is invited to testify on the subject matter. For horror movie fans, it’s like inviting a vampire into your house, it renders you powerless. In this case, he was invited by Senator Durbin.

While Secretary Duncan was providing his testimony and explaining the “legalization” process, Secretary Napolitano sat next him and didn’t bat an eye while he essentially did her job. When she did testify, Secretary Napolitano (who likes to reveal her true colors when testifying before the Democrat controlled Senate, while keeping a tight lip during House testimony) opened with a clear affirmation of the DREAM Act. She said, “It’s important to the nation as a whole and it’s important to the mission of Homeland Security.” So, amnesty is essentially important goal of the Administration? Tell us something we don’t already know, Madame Secretary.

She continued to say, “We were disappointed this legislation could not overcome the filibuster” and that “It’s the right thing; it is the smart thing.” Furthermore, she said, these individuals do not pose a threat to public safety and that Congress does not appropriate enough to remove 11 million illegal aliens. On top of all that, she said, “Our priorities are strengthened by DREAM, allowing us to focus on real security threats.”

The third witness, Clifford Stanley the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (another handpicked witness by Senator Durbin), said little more than, “It [DREAM] will have a positive impact on recruiting and readiness,” an empty testimony from an empty witness.

During questions, Senator Cornyn stood up to Secretary Napolitano by asking her if she ever asked Congress for the appropriations to enforce the law as written. She said, “We have provided the information, but we simply do not have the resources.”

Senator Cornyn, like his House counterparts, ended the conversation with Secretary Napolitano after giving her a chance to answer questions but instead receiving a change the subject type response. However, when Chairman Leahy asked her if DREAM encouraged more illegal immigration, she firmly said it would “absolutely not.” How can she answer Senator Cornyn with such an obscure answer, yet answer Chairman Leahy with such a firm answer and still remain a creditable witness. Senator Cornyn apparently concluded that she was not.

Not long after, votes were called, Senators left, and the second panel presented their testimony before a dwindling audience and few questions. However, when Senator Durbin finally concluded the hearing, the crowd erupted in applause; staged from beginning to end.

While the DREAM Act is not as much of a threat in the 112th Congress as it was in the previous Congress, it is still a threat nonetheless as supporters of the bill continue to sell the bill under the pretense of providing educational opportunities for helpless children. However, with a divided Congress, there is finally an opportunity to fight such accusations and communicate opposition.

JONATHAN OSBORNE is the Chief Legislative Assistant for NumbersUSA

 

 

 

 

 

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New Pav2235 of OH:

Is there a record of who the illegals were that were there?

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New Jonathan Osborne:

Unfortunately, there was no sign in list. If there is a list it is not public.

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New Albert3441 of PA:

I don’t know why any of our public officials are even discussing a plan to provide tax-paid benefits to persons who are in our country illegally (no matter whose fault it is) when our schools are laying off teachers and cutting programs for American students. Aren’t these the same folks who are supposed to be finding ways to reduce the national debt?

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New George9871 of GA:

As for these pro-illegal politicians who are up for re-election, there is one problem and it is significant. Those who are running up against these amnesty supporting officials, are they for OR against amnesty? It’ll do us absolutely no good if the ones running up against them are just as pro-illegal. Look at the 2012 Election for President.

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As for these pro-illegal politicians who are up for re-election, there is one problem and it is significant. Those who are running up against these amnesty supporting officials, are they for OR against amnesty? It’ll do us absolutely no good if the ones running up against them are just as pro-illegal. Look at the 2012 Election for President. Look at the grades of GOP candidates, mostly ‘D’s and ‘F’s. Only two, should be three if Allen West decides to join the presidential race. Bachmann and Pawlenty are the ones with ‘B’s and ‘C’s. If we are to get a President who’ll stop at least most forms of amnesty and enforce the laws, we must give them all the support we can get if they are to become prime candidates and win the Election. Forget Palin, Trump and the rest. Really have a feeling these pro-illegal candidates are going to become prime candidates because the way they brainwash voters. Allen West is another I would certainly vote for, only if he joins the race for president. It is either west, Bachmann or Pawlenty or no one. I will not vote for anyone else just like I did in the ’08 Election. I voted Independent just to make my vote count. And will do it again if we have two pro-illegals running against each other next November. If that is the case, all we can do is continue to vote out more pro-illegals in the Senate, Congress, state governors, state and district attorneys. God bless us all.

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New Rob8654 of FL:

these so-called “Dream Kids” have taken advantage of the American system long enough; they are cordially invited to return to their home country and apply for citizenship or, they may to apply to attend college as a foreign student – no one is stopping them from doing either and attaining their “dream”

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New James6191 of CO:

This is typical for these anti-american worker democrats. They flood the room with knuckleheads that support their position and lie through their teeth about the negative impact of illegal immigration. Senator Feinstein is a bald face liar when she states that this does not encourage more illegal immigration. What tree did she swing down from?

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This is typical for these anti-american worker democrats. They flood the room with knuckleheads that support their position and lie through their teeth about the negative impact of illegal immigration . Senator Feinstein is a bald face liar when she states that this does not encourage more illegal immigration . What tree did she swing down from ? This is all about trying to create a super majority for the democratic party by getting more votes from Hispanics . If they think that 2010 was a shellacking, they have seen nothing yet . PLEASE FOLKS DO NOT LET THESE LEFT WING SOCIALISTS RUIN OUR COUNTRY . IF THEY GET THEIR WAY WE WILL SOON BE WORKING FOR MEXICO AND CHINA .

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New Harry5270 of CA:

Is our constitution allow too much leverage to accept illegal behaviour and then these so called human rights activists groups start abusing and take advantage and try to bring amnesty?

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New Harry5270 of CA:

Illegal immigration is like a movement in USA. I dont hear such stories from other highly sought after countries for imm such as Australia, UK, Canda, Europe…why USA???

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New Kathleen4588 of CA:

What upsets me is this wasn’t in the news last night – not that I saw. This is all being done hush hush, and quietly

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New Jeremy Beck:

Kathleen, in this case, the fact that the DREAM hearing didn’t make the evening news is a sign that nobody expects the bill to go anywhere this year. Even its supporters admitted as much.

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New Roberta6584 of PA:

Could someone provide a link that would allow me to watch the hearing?

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New Michael3673 of NC:

The Dreamers are all rejoicing the hackers that compromised Arizona. The have gone from demanding, to actually active criminals

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New Robert4907 of DE:

I DREAM of an ENFORCEMENT Act! We do NOT need any illegal aliens. If these illegal aliens are as good as the liberals say they are, they will do wonders for their own country. Ship them back.

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New Margaret8058 of AZ:

I agree that they should go back to their own countries and create a highly advanced country there. We are told they are very intelligent. If this is the case, they are needed back in their own countries, not here. We have many highly intelliegent Americans here already.

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New Margaret8058 of AZ:

We need to make comments on various articles on the Internet regarding the DREAM Act pointing out that this Act puts foreign children ahead of American children. Our children should come first in America. Why should the American taxpayer support the education of foreign nationals?

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New Mary E7221 of MA:

Obama’s backdoor amnesty makes all of this a SHAM! He should be impeached for dereliction of duty in allowing this country to be continuosly INVADED DAILY!

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New Mary E7221 of MA:

And No American citizens were allowed to attend this hearing. This is disgraceful, and disgusting!

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New Julia1183 of CA:

Congress people need to be made very aware that the REAL people, the citizens, will mot accept any Dream Act deal. Not ever. They only concern needs to be U.S. Citizens. All seats in college, and all jobs need to go to citizens.

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New Bill1385 of TX:

I am sending $$’s to whomever opposes Dick Lugar, Bob Bennet, and Lisa Murkowski in their next elections. And I’m a Texan. Shame on the Republican party for allowing Joe Miller to be defeated in Alaska. Murkowski is a disgrace.

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New Paul2831 of SC:

where was ice to arest all the illegal aliens?? in the peoples house!!

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New Jonathan Osborne:

That’s the great logical fallacy here and a great point to be made. The ultimate director of ICE, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano was defending those illegal aliens and making excuses for not taking them into custody at the hearing. She made it clear to them that she was on their side and not on the side of the law.

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That’s the great logical fallacy here and a great point to be made. The ultimate director of ICE, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano was defending those illegal aliens and making excuses for not taking them into custody at the hearing. She made it clear to them that she was on their side and not on the side of the law. While ICE has no power on congressional property because of the separation of powers issue, what is there to prevent them from camping out at their bus waiting for these illegal aliens to return?

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New Sharon6149 of TX:

Is this the same bill that passed the House last year? Are we in danger of this thing passing the Senate and becoming law?

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New Roberta6584 of PA:

Yes it is. It passed the House but failed in the Senate. It’s been voted down, I think, at least 6 times before.

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New Patricia5474 of VA:

All illegal aliens must be deported. No debate and we must vote all the dems out with Obama in 2012. They are the ones insisting in amnesty. We have vote the dems and Obama out to stop this madness.

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New Padma0628 of VA:

What if we vote the Dems out, and then the Republicans pass the Dream act to garner support from the businesses that need to have access to cheap labor?

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New Roberta6584 of PA:

That is why Numbers is non-partisan. The GOP is no better than the Dems. Look at the grades of the presidential hopefuls

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New Steven9122 of OK:

It is good to know that there are people in IL that don’t agree with barry’s agenda. Kudo’s to you!!

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