Capital Hill Watch
DREAM Act of 2007 (S.2205)
The Senate is expected to vote as early as Wednesday, October 24, 2007, on the DREAM Act of 2007 (S. 2205) [To view visit : Full Text of Legislation]. Once again Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is trying to pull a fast one on the American people by reviving and fast-tracking plans without notice to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens in the United States. Senate Majority Leader Reid has filed for 'cloture' for the DREAM Act of 2007 (S. 2205). Cloture is a parliamentary procedure by which debate is ended and an immediate vote is taken on the matter under discussion.
Some of the provisions of the legislation include:
- For any illegal alien who claims to have arrived in the United Sates (U.S.) prior to age 16, conditional legal status would be granted.
- For the program, any illegal alien can apply.
- Any family member can be sponsored by those who gain legal status allowing millions to access the program.
- For anyone who applies there would be a ban on deportation.
- For college illegal aliens would be granted taxpayer-funded in-state tuition rates.
What is disturbing about this measure is that to qualify for legalization under the DREAM Act an estimated 800,000 illegal immigrants under age 17 have been here long enough to do so. And it is estimated that there are a total of 1.7 million illegal aliens under age 17.
For illegal aliens under 17 years of age, there are an estimated 900,000 parents who qualify for the DREAM Act. Whether the government would deport these parents is unclear.
Also, it is unclear to what will happen to the siblings of legalized illegal aliens who are illegal aliens, but do not meet the requirements under the DREAM Act. These siblings represent an estimated 500,000 individuals.
If illegal aliens claim to have arrived prior to age 16 in the US, the DREAM Act allows these individuals ages 18 to 29 to become legal. This requirement is estimated to include 1.3 million people. In this age group there are a total of 4.4 million illegal aliens.
Assuming there is no fraud the total number of potential illegal aliens that would receive amnesty is 2.1 million. However, not included in this figure is the 1.4 million siblings and parents of qualifying illegal aliens that would receive de facto amnesty.
Fraud has plagued previous amnesty programs. In 1986, it has been estimated that 25 percent or 700,000 of those that became legal citizens did so fraudulently. There is no doubt that fraud would be a significant problem because it will be difficult to determine whether an applicant meets the DREAM Act's amnesty requirements and compounding this problem will be the overworked nature of the immigration bureaucracy at the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
What Can You Do?
A. Urge your senators to NOT SUPPORT cloture ([60 votes required]
B. Urge your senators to NOT SUPPORT the DREAM Act of 2007 (S. 2205).
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The Honorable (full name)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator (last name):
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