Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Injustice Prevails With Blocking Of Dream Act

We must condemn the Senate's blocking the Dream Act, which would have paved the way to citizenship to those who were brought to the U.S. as children, finished two years of college or military service and passed a criminal background check. Despite meeting these conditions, such young people are now still considered "illegals," including those shown above lamenting the bill's defeat.

Special shame belongs to the five Democrats who opposed the bill: Senators Max Baucus of Montana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Jon Tester of Montana. Kudos to the Republicans who broke ranks and supported it: Robert Bennett of Utah, Richard Lugar of Indiana, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who made a stirring stament:

“...I do not believe that children are to blame for the decision of their parents to enter or remain in the United States unlawfully. The reality is that many of these children regard America as the only country they ever knew. ...They have much to offer America if given the chance.”

On the other hand, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) made an absurd and disgraceful pronouncement:

“Leaders in Washington have not only tolerated lawlessness but, in fact, our policies have encouraged it. This bill is a law that at its fundamental core is a reward for illegal activity.”

We can't "reward" those "criminals" who were brought to America as kids, grew up here and attended college or served in the military, right?

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