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Senate Democrats Fail To Pass Backdoor Amnesty for Illegal Aliens

For Immediate Release. October 25, 2007 On October 24, 2007, the U.S. Senate blocked the DREAM Act of 2007 (S. 2205) that would have given the children of illegal aliens the opportunity to become United States (U.S.) citizens by attending college or serving in the U.S. military.

On a motion to start debate on the legislation, the Senate voted 52 – 44, falling eight votes short of the required 60 votes to advance the measure in the 100-member Senate.  To block the legislation, eight Democrats joined 36 Republicans.  And supporting it were 12 Republicans, two independents and 38 Democrats.

The bill would have given an opportunity to offer legal status to children who were younger than sixteen that were brought into the U.S.  To qualify, an illegal alien would just need a high school diploma or General Education Development Test (GED) earned in the U.S., pass a criminal background check and live in the U.S. for at least five years.  Also, to become a permanent resident they would have to attend college or serve in the military for two years.  Any illegal alien who could meet these criteria or could produce fraudulent documentation indicating they meet the requirements would be issued a “conditional” green card good for six years.   Compared to law-abiding legal aliens in the U.S., the DREAM Act is a fast – track to citizenship.  The DREAM Act could benefit as many as 2.1 million illegal aliens that include the direct beneficiaries, their parents, siblings and others estimates indicate. 

“A path towards amnesty is what the DREAM Act really is,” said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy.  He added, “ Americans have made it perfectly clear they are against amnesty for illegal aliens and Washington continues to turn a deaf ear towards these demands and tries to pass stealth legislation to legalize illegal aliens.  The legislation would simply encourage further illegal entry into the U.S. while undermining the rule of law and would do nothing to enhance border  enforcement or immigration. The last time amnesty was granted to illegal aliens in the U.S. was 1986.  This resulted in the current immigration problem in which some 20 million or more illegal aliens reside in the U.S.”   

To see how your senators voted visit : On the Cloture Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to Consider S. 2205

 For Interviews Contact:

Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
President, The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy
jrutkowski@americanvoiceinstitute.org

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