Skip to comments.Dems Push Ahead With DREAM Act, as ICE Offers New Guidelines for Illegal Immigrant Cases
Posted on 06/28/2011 6:09:40 AM PDT by Hojczyk
Sen. Dick Durbin plans to make a full-court press Tuesday to revive the debate over a controversial proposal to give illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children a path to legal status, as the Obama administration moves on a separate track to grant what some describe as "amnesty" to the same group.
Durbin, D-Ill., in announcing the first-ever Senate hearing on the so-called DREAM Act, said his proposal would "make our country stronger." Under the plan, which passed the House last year but died in the Senate, illegal immigrants who came here as children and complete two years of college or military service could earn legal status.
The memo issued June 17 from ICE Director John Morton instructs staff to consider 19 factors when exercising "prosecutorial discretion" -- or the discretion an ICE attorney has in deciding whether and how to pursue or dismiss an immigration case.
The factors include how long an illegal immigrant has been in the United States as well as their criminal history. But the list also includes factors similar to those in the DREAM Act -- like whether the suspect arrived in the U.S. as a "young child," whether the suspect is pursuing an education, and whether the suspect has served in the military.
The memo made clear that certain factors -- like whether a suspect came to the U.S. as a child -- should weigh in their favor, while other factors -- like a criminal history -- should weigh against them.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, decried the new set of instructions, describing it as a gift to DREAM Act proponents. Though Durbin is pushing anew to pass the legislation, the now GOP-controlled House is unlikely to approve any such bill, even if it clears the Senate.
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Watch MSNBC’s commercials, they are political advestisements for Dream Act using their talking heads. MSNBC is in coordinate with WH big time!!!
Kinda like gay "marriage"...no such thing.
Doesn’t this have to make it through the U.S. House of Reps
as well as the U.S. Senate before it can make it?
Are there any advantages remaining to be a real US citizen other than being taxed to pay for non-citizens? I believe our politicians have made US citizenship worthless.
The whole liberal view of the world is a farce.
It's like the episode of “The Office” where Michael Scott, faced with huge personal debts, bellows out “I DECLARE BANKRUPCY!”, only to be told by someone else that actually yelling the phrase out loud doesn't make it so. Liberals think by wishing something, it happens
The idiots live in a make believe world. Unfortunately, their hazy, disconnected view of things makes the situation dangerous for those that live in reality.
Keeping the Commie ‘RATS’ “DREAM” of millions of new ‘RAT voters alive.
Someone needs to clue Dick in to the state of the economy, unemployment and the “debt crisis”. The boy seems to be clueless. America is in deep kimchi and he’s worried about illegal aliens from Central and South America. Who is the boy working for anyway? The U.S. taxpayers are paying him. He should be worried about THEM!
“Durbin, D-Ill., in announcing the first-ever Senate hearing on the so-called DREAM Act, said his proposal would “make our country stronger.”
Wonderful! Why not let the bankrupt Greeks swarm in for a piece of the action? Even better, let’s allow the whole world to invade our shores. Borders are clearly a WEAKNESS.
“Are there any advantages remaining to be a real US citizen other than being taxed to pay for non-citizens? I believe our politicians have made US citizenship worthless.”
We’re the serf-machine that finances the “arrogant capitol”.
I am guessing the reason why is to drum up the Latino vote for 2012 by showing just how "racist and bigoted" the GOP is. Of course, the question is just how many RINOs support amnesty?
Yes, Dick Turban is trying to make Republicans run scared in this election year. Betting they will be too chicken to loose the Latino vote so they vote for the Dream Act