DREAM Act Stopped

Federation for American Immigration Reform: Senate Braces for DREAM Act Vote

Other Senators made speeches on the Senate floor taking issue with the DREAM Act itself. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) denounced how the bill permits states to give in-state tuition to illegal aliens. Calling the bill an amnesty disguised as an educational initiative, he said it was “an insult to legal taxpaying citizens.” (C-Span video, Sept. 15, 2010) Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) objected to Senator Reid’s decision to take up the DREAM Act at a time when neither Congress nor the President is enforcing our immigration laws.   “We have got to end this lawlessness,” he said. “The first thing you do when you want to end illegality on immigration policy is stop subsidizing it. For heaven’s sake, stop subsidizing it.” (C-span video, Sept. 16, 2010)

By all accounts, the Senate vote on the DREAM Act – which has been attached to a defense spending bill – will come to the floor tomorrow. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, the driving force behind the bill and a man who right now stands a solid chance of being defeated in Nevada by Tea Party member Sharron Angle, refutes the idea that his attaching the initiative to a defense bill has anything to do with Democrats, Republicans, and politics – according to Reid, this is all about fairness.

Nonsense – he needs the votes.

If all the DREAM Act were about was granting citizenship to those willing to make a commitment to fight and risk their lives for the United States of America, then it might be worth talking about.  But there’s more to it than that. Furthermore, at a time when the American economy is struggling to breathe and is first and foremost on the minds of the voting public, Reid has decided to suddenly resurrect one of the Left’s most important goals. Attaching this to a defense bill – something that will provide the necessary resources to the men and women who are fighting to defend our freedoms and way of life – is nothing short of insidious and only further demonstrates the Machiavellian tactics to which the Left will resort when backed firmly into a corner.

Call, call, call your senators – I already have, but a lot of good it will do with the Rhode Island representatives with which we’re burdened. A small tip as well – if you have a “droid” phone, there is an app you can download for free just for the Congress. It will automatically dial your representatives for you when you click on the appropriate state and person.

UPDATE:

Linked over at Michelle Malkin’s Web site you’ll find the following numbers, courtesy of Roy Beck at NumbersUSA.  Make use of them:

DEMOCRATS ON THE FENCE WHO ARE GOOD PROSPECTS

Sen. Pryor of Arkansas 202-224-2353
501-324-6336

Sen. Landrieu of Louisiana 202-224-5824
225-389-0395

Sen. Stabenow of Michigan 202-224-4822
313-961-4330

Sen. McCaskill of Missouri 202-224-6154
314-367-1364

Sen. Baucus of Montana 202-224-2651
406-657-6790

Sen. Tester of Montana 202-224-2644
406-449-5401

Sen. Conrad of North Dakota 202-224-2043
701-258-4648

Sen. Dorgan of North Dakota 202-224-2551
701-239-5389

REPUBLICANS ON THE FENCE WHO ARE GOOD PROSPECTS

Sen. LeMeiux of Florida 202-224-3041
904-398-8586

Sen. Collins of Maine 202-224-2523
207-945-0417

Sen. Snowe of Maine 202-224-5344
207-874-0883

Sen. Brown of Massachusetts 202-224-4543
617-565-3170

Sen. Johanns of Nebraska 202-224-4224
402-758-8981

Update MM: Johanns’ office tells callers this morning that he will vote AGAINST the bill.

Sen. Gregg of New Hampshire 202-224-3324
603-225-7115

Sen. Hutchison of Texas 202-224-5922
214-361-3500

TOUGHER UNCOMMITTED TARGETS
– CAN YOU PERSUADE THEM?

Your first and most important phone calls are to the Senators above.

ACTION: The following list is of Senators who have shown a real proclivity toward amnesty but seem to have remained uncommitted. Under the pressure of the impending November elections, some of these Senators could be persuaded to vote NO.

I would emphasize with them that a controversial bill like this has no business being put inside a Defense bill, regardless of how they may feel about the amnesty itself.

REPUBLICANS

Sen. Murkowski of Alaska 202-224-6665
907-271-3735

Sen. Lugar of Indiana 202-224-4814
317-226-5555

Sen. Brownback of Kansas 202-224-6521
785-233-2503

Sen. Voinovich of Ohio 202-224-3353
614-469-6697

DEMOCRATS

Sen. Begich of Alaska 202-224-3004
907-271-5915

Sen. Shaheen of New Hampshire 202-224-2841
603-647-7500

Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico 202-224-6621
505-346-6791

Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio 202-224-2315
216-522-7272

Sen. Wyden of Oregon 202-224-5244
503-326-7525

Sen. Casey of Pennsylvania 202-224-6324
412-803-7370

Sen. Johnson of South Dakota 202-224-5842
605-332-8896

Sen. Warner of Virginia 202-224-2023
804-775-2314

Sen. Webb of Virginia 202-224-4024
703-573-7090

Sen. Goodwin of West Virginia 202-224-3954
304-342-5855

Sen. Rockefeller of West Virginia 202-224-6472
304-347-5372

SENATORS WHO ARE CO-SPONSORING THE ‘DREAM’ AMNESTY

Once you have done what you can with phone calls to the Senators on the lists above, you should look through this list to see who is causing all this problem by pushing so hard to give 2 million more permanent work permits to illegal aliens to compete with 22 million American and legal immigrant workers who can’t find a job.

You can reach these through the Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or in our Congress directory (I apologize that this directory is loading sluggishly today).

Give special attention to Boxer, Gillibrand, Lincoln and Mikulski, all of whom are running for re-election in November.

(AR) Lincoln

(CA) Boxer
(CA) Feinstein
(CO) Bennet (not Bennett of Utah)
(CO) Udall (not Udall of New Mexico)
(CT) Dodd
(CT) Lieberman

(DE) Carper
(DE) Kaufman

(FL) Nelson

(HI) Akaka
(HI) Inouye

(IL) Burris
(IL) Durbin
(IN) Bayh
(IN) Lugar
(IA) Harkin

(MD) Cardin
(MD) Mikulski
(MA) Kerry
(MI) Levin
(MN) Franken
(MN) Klobuchar

(NV) Reid
(NJ) Lautenberg
(NJ) Menendez
(NM) Bingaman
(NY) Gillibrand
(NY) Schumer

(OR) Merkley

(PA) Specter

(RI) Reed
(RI) Whitehouse

(VT) Leahy
(VT) Sanders

(WA) Cantwell
(WA) Murray
(WI) Feingold

UPDATE, 9/21/2010 @ 3:45 p.m.

From the Los Angeles Times:

A Republican-led filibuster on Tuesday blocked efforts to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military, shelving an Obama administration priority at least until after the November election.

The measure repealing the military policy banning gays from serving openly was part of the 2011 Defense authorization bill. Democrats tried to bring the bill up for consideration but failed to get the 60 votes necessary to overcome determined GOP-led opposition. Supporters voted 56-43 in favor of starting debate on the Defense bill, short of the 60 needed.

Democrats control 59 votes in the Senate.

By blocking the bill, Republicans also held up passage of the so-called Dream Act, which was to provide a route to citizenship for youths who were in the country illegally but had attended college or served in the military.

Nicely done, America. There is so much more to this legislation than most of America knew about, and today’s stoppage goes a long way for our sovereignty and security.

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Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    How about attaching a bill of impeachment to a defense spending bill.

  2. Gail B. says:

    I imagine that the phone lines will burn up on the Hill tomorrow! I’m calling, along with everybody I know, as are a lot of other people!

    The two RINOs may give us some trouble, though.

  3. Jordan says:

    Senator Murray from Washington State is also running for re-election in November. I know many of us here are looking forward to the day when she is removed from office.

  4. whats_up says:

    @ John

    I agree with you on the fact that if it was just serving in the Armed Forces this would be a good idea. I dont know yet if I agree with the education part of it. However what I do take offense to is this statement:

    is nothing short of insidious and only further demonstrates the Machiavellian tactics to which the Left will resort when backed firmly into a corner.

    Lets not pretend that this is something only the left does, werent you the one recently that stated that politicians need to start being honest with folks. Well its also time that you and all the other political bloggers become honest as well. This is standard operating procedure for both parties and has been for some time. Now if you want to rail against that I will join you, however when you are only selective in calling out the left without pointing out the truth you are no better than the system that we all can agree is out of control.

  5. Jordan Bell says:

    The measure didn’t pass this go around. Keep the pressure up.

    And to add to whats_up’s comment, this type of stuff has been done by both sides and it needs to stop. These bills that come up need to be voted on based on their merit alone, with no amendments to sneak non-related legislation through or to buy supporting votes.

    If the DREAM Act is so good, why has it failed being passed on its own. It should not have to be amended to a Defense spending bill to pass.

  6. John Feeny says:

    Plantin’ the flag, dammit.

  7. Gail B. says:

    Jordan Bell @ 3:41 pm –

    But if the Progressives didn’t amend important legislation with special interest and vote promoters, they couldn’t get nearly as much pork or political payback!

    In other words, I agree with you 100 percent!

    John Feeny says:
    September 21, 2010 at 6:13 pm
    Plantin’ the flag, dammit.

    You tell ‘em, Bro John!

  8. TJ says:

    I’m really dreading what’s going to happen after the November elections if we have a lame duck session.

    Quoted from a Fox news article:

    Democrats pledged to find another way to bring back the DREAM Act. Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said he would do “everything in my power” to pass it.

    “I want everyone within the sound of my voice to hear — we’re going to vote on the DREAM Act,” he said.

  9. Flags of our fathers says:

    6:13 I’ve planted two flags. My Betsy Ross and the Gadsden. My backyard has never looked more lovely.

  10. Gail B. says:

    DREAM Act is coming up again, I’m told, on November 29.

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