The Dream Act, Americaâ€™s Nightmare
By: Carolyn Hileman
It would appear that some people in Senate believe that Americans are asleep again and that they can now bring up the dream act and we will just roll over and hit the snooze button. My snooze button is broken and so is their logic. To fully understand what is going on here you must do a little research and our senate was hoping that no one would take time out of their busy schedule to do that, they were wrong. What the dream act is, is exactly what it is called it is the illegal immigrants dream, not just because it will allow their children taxpayer subsidized education when most Americanâ€™s are forced to take out second mortgages to pay for their children to go to college. No this is about something more, this is about amnesty all over again.
The DREAM Act includes a massive amnesty, as noted above. This amnesty opens a wide path to citizenÂship for any alien who entered the country before the age of 16 and has been in the country for at least five years. Beyond that, all the alien needs is a high school diploma or a GED earned in the United States. If he can persuade an institution of higher education in the United Statesâ€”any community college, technical school, or collegeâ€”to admit him, that will suffice. Any illegal alien who meets these conÂditions (or who can produce fraudulent papers indicating that he meets the conditions) gets immediate legal status in the form of a â€œcondiÂtionalâ€ green card good for six years, according to Section 4(a)(1).
-There is no upper age limit. Any illegal alien can walk into a U.S. Customs and Immigration SerÂvices office and declare that he is eligible. For example, a 45 year old can claim that he illegally entered the United States 30 years ago at the age of 15. There is no requirement that the alien prove that he entered the United States at the claimed time by providing particular documents. The DREAM Actâ€™s Section 4(a) merely requires him to â€œdemonstrateâ€ that he is eligibleâ€”which in practice could mean simply making a sworn statement to that effect. Thus, it is an invitation for just about every illegal alien to fraudulently claim the amnesty.
-The alien then has six years to adjust his status from a conditional green card holder to a non-conditional one. To do so, he need only complete two years of study at an institution of higher eduÂcation. If the alien has already completed two years of study, he can convert to non-conditional status immediately (and use his green card as a platform to bring in family members). As an alternative to two years of study, he can enlist in the U.S. military and spend two years there. This provision allows Senator Durbin to claim that the DREAM Act is somehow germane to a defense authorization bill.
-An illegal alien who applies for the DREAM Act amnesty gets to count his years under â€œcondiÂtionalâ€ green card status toward the five years needed for citizenship. (Section 5(e)) On top of that, the illegal alien could claim â€œretroactive benefitsâ€ and start the clock running the day that the DREAM Act is enacted. (Section 6) In combiÂnation, these two provisions put illegal aliens on a high-speed track to U.S. citizenshipâ€”moving from illegal alien to U.S. citizen in as little as five years. According to Section 4(f) of the DREAM Act, once an alien files an applicationâ€”any application, no matter how ridiculousâ€”the federal government is prohibÂited from deporting him. Moreover, with few exceptions, federal officers are prohibited from either using information from the application to deport the alien or sharing that information with another federal agency, under threat of up to $10,000 fine. Thus, an alienâ€™s admission that he has violated federal immigration law cannot be used against himâ€”even if he never had any chance of qualifying for the DREAM Act amnesty in the first place.
The DREAM Act also makes the illegal aliens eliÂgible for federal student loans and federal work-study programsâ€”another benefit that law-abiding foreign students cannot receiveâ€”all at taxpayer expense. A consistent theme emerges: Illegal aliens are treated much more favorably than aliens who folÂlow the law. There is no penalty for illegal behavior.
Now I ask you if you think this is unfair to the students who have worked hard all of their lives without lying to achieve their goals to please call this number 1-866-340-9281, it is a toll free number to the senate switchboard and tell them no to the dream act and no to the AG farms bill as well since they will be voting on it this month as well. We stopped them before, we can and will stop them this time but we need you in this fight with us to make it happen.
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