Dems Using Dirty Tricks to Pass Nightmarish DREAM Act
AS THE CLOCK TICKS DOWN on the lame duck session, liberal Democrats are becoming desperate to sneak through their dangerous pet bills before they lose control of Congress, and they are not above stooping to dirty tricks to make it happen.
Shortly before the midterm elections, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) promised Latinos that if they voted for him he would make sure his Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, or “DREAM,” Act is passed by Congress and sent to the White House. Among other things, Reid’s nightmarish DREAM would legalize the children of illegal immigrants who are currently living in the United States if they seek higher education or join the U.S. military. According to published reports, this bill could benefit an estimated 2.1 million illegal immigrants, at a cost to taxpayers of over $20 billion.
On Dec. 8 the House passed DREAM by a vote of 216 to 198. The measure was buried in an innocuous bill on litigation reform. That House legislation was titled “the Removal Clarification Act of 2010” (H.R. 5281), and it was introduced to deal with lawsuits in federal courts. The next day, however, Reid could not muster a vote in the Senate.
BYPASSING THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
The problem for Reid and his cohorts is that Republicans and conservative Democrats have already come out publicly in opposition to the bill. So what are they to do? They are trying to bypass the Judiciary Committee to get the bill directly to the floor for a vote. And what better way to do this than to enter the legislation into Congress multiple times so that if one effort fails, left-wing legislators can keep trying until they succeed. That’s exactly what is happening with DREAM.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Reid’s second in command, has introduced the DREAMAct no less than four times since September. Worse still, some of the bills have additional amnesty provisions for parents or relatives of those children who would get citizenship.
On Sept. 22, Durbin entered in the first DREAM Act (S. 3827). Then he introduced the bill three more times (S. 3962, S. 3963 and S. 3992) between Nov. 17 and Nov. 30.
Republicans say Durbin did this in a cynical attempt to get any one of them to the Senate floor for a vote. All four versions have the same problems, say Republicans, but the Democrats don’t care. They are just trying to sow confusion. In late November, Republicans on the Judiciary Committee released the following press release on the multiple DREAM bills:
Democrat leaders, in their rush to pass an unpopular bill during the lame-duck session, have completely bypassed the Judiciary Committee. They have introduced four separate versions of the same bill and, without any committee review, placed each and every one of them on the legislative calendar. . . . This unusual approach creates a chaotic situation, one that makes it more difficult for the public and their representatives—as well as the press—to review this deeply controversial measure.
AMERICAN FREE PRESS will continue to monitor this legislation as the lame duck session winds down. With less than a month to go, it remains doubtful that Democrats will be able to sneak the bill through, but there is a long history of bad bills seeing the light of day around the holidays when most Americans are thinking more about family and the Christmas spirit than Washington politics at its worst.
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(Issue # 51, December 20, 2010)