Important updates about the REAL Dream Act:
From Susan Tully, FAIR National Field Director
We’ve asked for a lot from all of you all in the past few months, call upon call, but I am asking you to do this one more time, bigger and better than ever!
We must call the Senate switchboard at 9:30 AM EST (202) 224-3121 ask for your U.S. Senators by name. Ask everyone you know to do the same. Here are our talking points:
— The elections clearly demonstrated that the American people want Congress to focus on jobs and helping American workers, not rewarding illegal aliens. Yet, it seems that the first priority for Democratic leadership post-election is to pass a massive amnesty bill.
— It is absolutely absurd that a huge amnesty bill is thrown down in front of members of Congress without committee hearings, and given only days – or maybe even hours – to decipher changes made through back room negotiations. This is not how U.S. immigration policy should be made and such maneuvers are clearly one of the reasons our immigration system is in crisis.
— The DREAM Act is promoted as legislation that will help kids. In fact the age limit is 30. Over 42 percent of the illegal alien population is under 30 years old (Pew Hispanic Center, 2008). And while the DREAM Act requirements narrow down the pool of eligible illegal aliens, the number who may receive amnesty is still a minimum of 2 MILLION based on an age limit of 30. FAIR estimates that there would be up to 3.2 million beneficiaries if the age limit is 35, and up to 4.5 million if there is no age limit.
- The CBO estimates that the DREAM Act will reduce the deficit by $1.4 billion over 10 years, but will increase deficits thereafter when beneficiaries begin to receive benefits.
- The CBO cost estimate assumes only 1.1 million illegal aliens will receive amnesty under the DREAM act.
- The CBO cost estimate assumes only 15 percent of amnesty recipients will apply for federal student loan programs.
- The CBO cost estimate assumes that Homeland Security will charge fees sufficient to pay for the massive administrative costs, yet there is no requirement in S.3992 that illegal aliens pay any fees for anything-the applications, background checks, medical exams, verification procedures (if any exist), or any other administrative costs.
- The authors extended the conditional non-immigrant status for 10 years for the very purpose of ensuring that the cost of providing federal benefits to these aliens would not show up in the CBO cost estimate.
- The DREAM Act directly rewards the parents for their illegal acts: their children get legal status AND receive taxpayer-funded assistance. Moreover as soon as amnesty beneficiaries turn 21 (if they are not already), they may petition for their family members to get green cards. It is a backdoor amnesty for the illegal alien parents.
- The DREAM Act does nothing to fix our broken immigration system. It does not secure the border, stop visa overstays, aid the courts, reduce fraud, hold employers accountable, provide tools for law enforcement agencies, or do anything stop illegal immigration. The DREAM Act will only encourage more illegal immigration. The 1986 amnesty taught us this lesson.
Message from Ron King, 12/10/10, 12:10am
Have to continue here with what is happening. Had to work today and was praying that things would go our way. There is good news and bad news. Good news is we stopped the DREAM Act bill today at this moment. The bad news is that the bill was just tabled and Reid will likely bring the bill back next week, so we are not out of the woods yet.
Folks, there is a bad atmosphere at our U.S. Capitol. Simply seeing the spectacle on the tax cut bill and then having other issues being popped up and thrown in for sudden votes, is quite clear that there are unbridled deal cutting shenanigans going on!!
The GOP seems to be quite close to already blowing their ‘probation’ to straighten up and should be looked at as a bad prospect and get more removal from office in 2012. Not much of a peep from John Boehner about DREAM Act or this whole theatrical play we are watching, ever since his meeting with President Obama…..so what deal (s) has been cut…??? Tax cuts (R) in exchange for illegal Alien Amnesty(D)?? So we have the good ol’ Federal government club in Washington — why heck Republicans, Democrats — what’s the difference — they are part of the same club — putting on a show for the American People…….President Obama says to the Repubs in his meeting, “c’mon Repubs, we are part of the same government club, don’t you want to slam the American People one last time and make things good for our club?”
Sorry folks, but that is my opinion. For those of us watching this rush-rush chaos going on, something is strange and there are bad things going on. $$billions of our dollars are being played with at our expense.
–Back to the DREAM Act. We are going to have to be back on the phones and sending letters first thing Monday 12/13. As soon as Sunday night I will be filling up Capitol phone messages and writing. Likely to make some calls tommorrow Fri. 12/10 just to keep after them. I think that many of us are on to them and it is a Party (R) to Party (D) deal cut to maximize both Parties standing and money interests — that also has corporate and social group (like SEIU) interests also tied to it — meanwhile the American People get duped and nothing at all changes for the better for the Nation.
I would suggest for the most part ignoring the media because they are putting out junk to provide cover for the DEAL going down –you know — it’s all corporate so they get what they want. The Far Left tantrum show, is just that — a show–it is meaningless and part of the charade.
The following are a couple messages from the other 2 groups I am involved with — I feel it important to relay these messages. I will submit more info here as more is learned and/or there is shift in strategy. Thank you and bless you all.
Message #1: from– NumbersUsa.com
SENATE TABLES ITS OWN DREAM AMNESTY
Reid Plans Vote On House-Passed DREAM Amnesty Next Week
As He Hopes To Use Time To Gain More Votes
SORRY, BUT WE NEED MORE CALLS AND FAXES TO THE SENATE
Our NumbersUSA Hill Team was convinced that we had enough votes to kill the DREAM amnesty if there had been a vote at 11 a.m. as promised.
Reid obviously knew pretty much what we knew. He didn’t want to accept that his amnesty dream was lost and moved to buy another week of time, showing that one of his top priorities continues to be adding millions more foreign-born workers with work permits to compete with unemployed Americans.
He moved to table the Senate’s DREAM amnesty bill.
A motion to table only required a majority vote. It passed 59-40.
It is very difficult to read into what each individual YES and NO vote meant. Each Senator seemed to have different ideas in mind. We had several strong anti-amnesty Senators voting with Reid to table and some strong pro-amnesty Senators voting against tabling.
The result, however, is that we were not able to kill the DREAM amnesty once and for all today.
The pro-amnesty side is crowing that it has another week to change the minds of some Senators to pass this next week.
ACTION: We need you to continue to come back to your customized Action Board every day to take action until Congress adjourns or deals with the amnesty.
For today, every single Senator needs to hear from you again to help guard against listening to bargaining offers. So, call your two Senators again.
Message #2: ALIPAC —
Friends of ALIPAC (Americans for Legal Immigration PAC), http://www.alipac.us
We are glad to report that the major votes on the Dream Amnesty bill in the US Senate has been pushed back again to Monday of next week. This extra time slightly increases our chances of defeating Amnesty.
Senator Reid plans to push the version of the bill that just passed the House.
The bad news is that I estimate this Amnesty has about a 65% chance (at this moment) of making it to President Obama’s desk, although I hope to be wrong and will do all in my power to stop Amnesty.
The Republicans are filibustering on the Dream Amnesty for now to get what they want in the government budget and tax breaks for Americans making over $250,000 per year. They are signaling that they are willing to help pass Amnesty if Obama, Reid, and Pelosi give them what they want.
The GOP leadership in the Senate is not fighting to defeat or destroy Dream Amnesty. Many of them are simply pushing back the vote to increase the price tag on their Cloture votes.
In back rooms and hallways, the offers to Republicans in the form of legislation they want, funding for their districts, funds for their campaigns, and probably things that will help their personal wealth rise are being offered.
There are more than enough RINO’s (Republicans In Name Only) who are willing to defy the national GOP Platform to pass Dream Amnesty.
The most likely scenario is that Republicans will keep pushing back the vote on Dream Amnesty. Then, just before they adjourn a few Republicans will suddenly defect to the side of the Democrats and vote Yes on Cloture to let the bill proceed to a vote. Then many of them will turn around and vote against the Amnesty bill, but it will earn over 50 votes and pass.
The shifty ones will then exclaim they voted against Amnesty, when in fact they voted to pass it.
They will likely send over Republican Senators who are not up for reelection in 2012 that are in states they feel they can easily reelected a GOP traitor. After all, the election results from AZ and NV told Senators there is no need for them to listen to their constituents on immigration issues. You can betray your constituents like McCain and Reid and still be elected to the US Senate is the example that has been set!
This will be much easier for them to do considering the major media black out.
While Fox News has reports about Dream Amnesty votes on their website they are NOT broadcasting content or notice of these votes.
I personally had Fox News on in the background for over 4 hours today and heard no mention of the impending vote in the Senate nor the historic passage of the Dream Act Amnesty in the House last night.
The Drudge Report also took a dive and had no news contents warning conservative readers of the impending amnesty votes. Who knows how much Matt Drudge was paid with Saudi money flooding DC to lay down, but there was nothing there.
This is very unfortunate for us because most of our allies in talk radio have become addicted to the ease of getting their daily news stories for their shows from the Drudge Report news aggregation service!
So between Fox News and Drudge Report blacking this story out, and Lou Dobbs now being a turn coat Amnesty supporter and being off of CNN, most of America has no idea that this is even happening.
The American public is not informed enough or agitated enough for us to stop this Amnesty push in my opinion and the communication channels necessary to alert them are being disrupted.
Pundits continue to assure English speaking conservative audiences that there is no reason for alarm or concern and that these votes on the Dream Act Amnesty are merely symbolic and have no chance of passage.
This is pure propaganda designed to keep the patient calm and docile, while major surgery takes place on lady America,while she sleeps.
Please remember that while the Tea Party groups fought against the unpopular health-care legislation, that 2 out of 3 Americans opposed, Congressman Luis Gutierrez assured his awaiting illegal alien troops to rest easy because the passage of the health-care bill was the practice run for Amnesty.
They have our communications choked off and a media blackout or brown out in place. Dream Amnesty activists are practicing a high degree of aggression towards groups like ALIPAC. English speaking audiences are being pacified with lies, and the amount of political theater taking place speaks to the danger level.
Please continue your calls to the house and the Senate. Please continue sending in your much needed donations and please continue to rally the Americans around you.
We will fight with all we have and we will pray that it is God’s will that we prevail in a nation, where so many bad things have flourished.
More info will be sent to you soon.
Yours in the cause,
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