October 20, 2007
Time to Bring an End to the DREAM Act
By Phyllis Schlafly
Monday, October 15, 2007
The American people rose up out of their usual apathy and soundly defeated the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 that would have given amnesty to illegal immigrants. Now, some senators are trying to get Congress to pass a backdoor amnesty by calling it the DREAM Act, and it’s really a nightmare for Americans.
The cutesy title DREAM, which is meant to be a double-entendre, is an acronym for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors.
The DREAM Act would allow any illegal immigrant of any age who entered the United States before age 16 and has a high school diploma or equivalent to enroll in any state university and pay only the in-state tuition rate. Being an illegal immigrant is the prerequisite to getting this preferential treatment, which is denied to legal aliens with valid student visas.
In-state tuition can amount to a taxpayer subsidy of up to $20,000 a year, depending on what the university charges students from the other 49 states. The illegal immigrant also becomes eligible for taxpayer-paid federal student loans and federal work-study programs, for which lawful foreign students are ineligible.
There is no upper age limit; any illegal immigrant is eligible for this preference by declaring he entered the U.S. illegally before his 16th birthday. The illegal immigrant doesn’t have to prove when he entered the U.S.; he can simply make a sworn statement.
But that’s not all. The illegal immigrant would be rewarded with conditional lawful permanent resident, green card, status, which can be converted to a non-conditional green card. The immigrant can use his new legal status to seek green cards for the parents who brought him into the United States.
The student has six years to convert his green card from conditional to non-conditional. He just needs to complete two years of study at a college or serve two years in the military, and if he has already had two years of college, he can convert his green card to non-conditional immediately.
The illegal immigrant who applies for the DREAM Act can count his years under conditional green card status toward the five years needed to attain citizenship. That’s a fast track to citizenship that is not available to aliens who are lawfully present in the United States.
Section 4(f) provides that, once an illegal immigrant files an application, the government cannot deport him. A federal officer who shares with another federal agency any information on the illegal immigrant’s application, such as admission of illegal entry, can be fined $10,000.
Giving in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants is so unpopular with many Americans that the only way a Congressman could support this bill is by hoping it passes before the public discovers how bad it is. Arizona’s Proposition 300, which specifically bars Arizona universities from giving in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants, passed in 2006 with a majority of 71.4 percent.
Support for in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants was the No. 1 issue that caused the upset defeat of former U.S. Rep. Tom Osborne, R-Neb. (the former University of Nebraska football coach) in his campaign for governor of Nebraska in 2006. He fumbled and endorsed in-state tuition for illegal immigrants while his opponent, Republican Gov. Dave Heineman, vetoed it and ran campaign ads against it.
The DREAM Act would give amnesty not only to illegal immigrants, but also give amnesty to 10 states that have been flagrantly violating federal law. The 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act expressly forbids a state to give in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants unless that subsidy is also granted to all U.S. citizens nationwide.
The DREAM Act would retroactively repeal that law, thereby saving the 10 states from punishment and equal-protection lawsuits filed by out-of-state U.S. citizens and law-abiding foreign students. The 10 states that have been engaging in a 21st century use of the 19th century theory called nullification, defying a federal law the state doesn’t like, are California, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Washington.
We are indebted to professor Kris W. Kobach of the University of Missouri-Kansas City for publicizing how the DREAM Act treats illegal immigrants more favorably than U.S. citizens and legal aliens. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., has not been successful in attaching it to a defense authorization bill, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., says he will bring it up in November.
Tell your U.S. senators the DREAM Act must be defeated.
February 6, 2006
I. A Minuteman upholds the Constitution of the United States of America, and reveres the American Creed that unites us as one people, our Declaration of Independence.
II. A Minuteman knows well America is a nation of immigrants, and realization of our national promise has always relied upon those who come to America from other countries to participate fully, with their children and descendants, as loyal and law-abiding U.S. citizens.
III. A Minuteman believes that just as ethnicity, race, religion and all such factors are incidental and do not affect our God-given, constitutional equality as American citizens, such factors are also irrelevant in the debate over illegal immigration. There is no tolerance among Minutemen for racism or bigotry – E Pluribus Unum – Out of Many, One.
IV. A Minuteman believes in a strong, safe and secure America that begins with borders open only to those who have a legal right to enter, and who have met all the lawful criteria to cross into our territory established by the sovereign American people.
V. Minutemen vow to use every legal means at our disposal to assist law enforcement authorities in identifying and apprehending those who violate our borders, whether they are illegally trafficking people, weapons, arms, property, sexual slaves or any other contraband.
VI. Minutemen vow to report to the proper authorities any business entity which knowingly recruits, facilitates or employs people who have entered America illegally, or which cooperates in any commercial activity which involves contraband smuggling or marketing of persons, products or materiel.
VII. Minutemen promise to raise our voices — on cellular phones along the borders of America and in the halls of Congress — in the defense of the rule of law. The American people are firm but fair, and we share their great compassion for the many powerless victims of cruel, illegal human trafficking and labor exploitation. But we also support our citizens’ adamant rejection of the blatant disregard for our laws and ordered liberty represented by the U.S. government’s failure to secure our borders, enforce our nation’s sovereignty and end the flood of illegal trafficking into American territory.
I vow before God and my fellow Americans that these principles guide my actions as a Minuteman. “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty…” And so I will stand watch on America’s borders and in her sovereign interest until relieved from duty by my fellow countrymen.
SECURING OUR BORDERS
After listening to Chris Simcox, Director of the Minutemen, there was no doubt in the mind of the audience that everyone had to take an interest in securing our borders. Mr. Simcox, and Mr. Dave Clark, from Americans for Immigration Control, gave an outstanding presentation at California Eagle Forum’s Red, White and Blue Candlelight Banquet and Fund Raiser in Santa Rosa on September 17th. It was an outstanding event, in honor of Constitution Day September17th, and went above and beyond everyone’s expectations as to the food, decorations, auction and speakers.
The facts are real and bold. Americans are told there are 10 million illegal immigrants in America; the reality is 30-40 million. This is not just Mexican Immigrants, but also a combination of people such as Iranians, Syrians, and Palestinians. Many are dangerous and armed with an aggressive spirit that is evident as Chris Simcox told of dodging gunfire, being knifed, and almost stoned to death. We must ask how soon until our next 9/11?
Our security is threatened everyday as thousands cross the border. Chris Simcox and the Minutemen care about the situation, while our politicians sit silently, caring only about their future positions within the government hierarchy. We are in big trouble and the security of our Nation will give way to an America that will change forever unless we get our border security under control. Our children will suffer from negligence of their parents and citizens who are in denial. America may very well be non-existent in the future!
It was frightening to watch the movie Dave Clark produced that showed rallies of shouting AFL-CIO groups, and radical citizens and legislators claiming that the illegals have a right to come into America. They were ugly, boisterous, disrespectful and obviously moving in directions of violence and lawlessness. What rights are we left with? A legal Mexican truck driver voiced his opinion and he was fired, for political correctness had taken first place to the law. People can no longer get jobs that used to go to starving students or those without higher education for the illegals have taken them.
What rights are given to illegals that are coming into a new form of slavery? They are lost in a new land, while taking down the salaries of those who have given allegiance to this country. With their increasing frustration, they become targets for those who seek to change our land and soon they demand “rights” that are not theirs. Some even insist on a bilingual Nation to make their stay easier.
Each day groups pass over the borders paying $8000 to $25,000 for passage by men known as “coyotes.” The question remains that if these people need jobs for money, how did they get the funds to pass over? Also think about the large corporations that are hiring them at the cost to you the taxpayer. These illegals do not assimilate into the culture the proper way and we are left with a mess.
In California alone, the cost to care for all the social services for illegals each year is $10.5 billion or $1200 per citizen; $7.7 billion goes to public schools; 15% of children in California schools are those of illegal parents; 77 of our hospitals are on the verge of bankruptcy, some emergency rooms have already been forced to close; $3 billion a year is spent for illegals taken into custody in our nation’s prisons. You must foot the bill for education, medical expenses and prison confinement.
It is estimated that 28-30% of prison inmates are illegal immigrants. Since 9/11, there have been over 10,000 murders committed by illegal immigrants in America, far higher than the 3000 killed in New York. Many of the crimes have been brutal and calculated. Because the crimes are done one by one, the magnitude is ignored.
Three million illegals cross our borders every year. Washington is ignoring it, but we are grateful to dedicated individuals like Chris Simcox and Dave Clark who call our attention to the severity of this situation. We are doing not only our country a great disservice, but also others, for by welcoming illegals into our land, they escape their responsibility to change and make their land a better place to live.
Chris Simcox in his weekly Arizona newspaper called Tombstone Tumbleweed states, “Enough is Enough! A Public Call to Arms!” The paper invites readers to join a “Citizens Border Patrol Militia” whose function, Simcox says, will be to “shame the government into doing its job.” Perhaps you would like to join this Civil Defense Movement, for it works. Trucks loaded with people and drugs decrease when the Minutemen are in attendance. Or maybe you would like to send donations to the cause. Perhaps your part would be to educate others to the dangers of illegal immigration and the importance of securing our borders. Go to www.immigrationcontrol.com or www.MinutemanHQ.com and see what you can do to help these courageous men and women.
Call your President and ask him to bring the National Guard to the borders. He can no longer say they do not have the resources, for we saw how swiftly they came up with the numbers during Hurricane Katrina. Ask him to use some of the 6 billion dollars available through Homeland Security to secure our Nation. Call, fax and email your legislators and town officials and ask them to support the people who put them in office and if not, let them know they will not be in office in the future.
Be bold in protecting the security of our borders. Pray that more people will take notice and become active. We must move forward for the protection of this great land, so as not to lose all we have gained from years of hard work by our Founding Fathers and those who followed. Let’s leave our children a Nation they can be proud of!
This is a letter to the editor of a paper in New Jersey.
I do not want to celebrate diversity. I do not even know what it means. I
was born in Hungary and I have an accent, so supposedly I am part of the
mosaic of the diverse immigrants who have voluntarily made this country
I used to wonder, though not any more, what do I get out of all this
celebration. Yes, I was given an opportunity to become a citizen here, and
that is a gift, and I am grateful for that, but I never aspired to be
celebrated for this. On the contrary, I want to celebrate my host country
for being willing to absorb me, giving me an opportunity to learn its
ways, learn its language and succeed at my chosen endevour.
The concept of celebrating diversity continues to befuddle me. I do not
want anybody to celebrate my differences. I can do that myself if I so
choose among my family and fellow immigrants. I really do not have a
desire to be very different. I feel just fine if everybody in the public
area forget about my differences and treat me as they treat everybody
I almost forgot to consider the possibility that all this celebration of
diversity is not about me and my kind of immigrant at all. Most likely it
is primarily about those with a shade or two darker than my skin. Why does
this difference need to be celebrated? It probably has something to do
with assumed racial prejudice. By celebrating those with different skin
color somehow we are supposed to be doing our civic duty.
I believe, that recent and not so recent immigrants of color would be just
fine, if they are treated not better, certainly not worse, but like every
other American, and they just might consider this an honor. I do. I do not
expect them to be different from me just because they come from a southern
climate. They do not need to be celebrated, singled out, patronised and
treated with special preferences beyond human empathy and helpfulness
during the accomodation process.
So the bottom line is I do not want anybody to celebrate my differences
and nor am I very interested in partaking any celebration of other’s
differences. I aspire to treat everybody with equal consideration and when
the need arises, with helpfulness and good will as fellow human beings of