Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced last evening that he plans to offer Senator Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) controversial Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2009 (the DREAM Act, S. 729) as an amendment to the unrelated National Defense Authorization Act. The DREAM Act would effectively legalize approximately 2 million illegal aliens under the age of 35.
The Senate will remain in session for the next few weeks before recessing in early October in preparation for the mid-term elections, so the vote on the DREAM Act could come up anytime over the next three weeks!
Award legal status and a “path to citizenship” to all illegal aliens living in the U.S. who entered the U.S. before they were 16 years of age, and who have earned a high school diploma or a General Educational Development certificate (GED).
Allow states to give reduced in-state tuition at state-supported colleges and universities to illegal aliens by repealing the federal law that now prohibits them from receiving in-state tuition.
Give illegal aliens access to federal student loans and work-study programs that they are currently ineligible to receive.
Require amnestied aliens to complete two years of college or military service during their first six years of legal residence, but DHS can waive the requirement or grant additional time to comply for those who do not.
Allow amnestied aliens to apply for citizenship and petition to bring their extended relatives, including their parents who brought them here illegally, to the U.S. after six years.
ProEnglish strongly opposes the DREAM Act because it would give legal status and extraordinary education benefits to millions of non-English speaking and limited-English proficient illegal aliens without requiring specific steps for them to learn English.
Many illegal aliens educated in U.S. schools are unable to speak English. According to a 2007 report by the Migration Policy Institute, 57 percent of limited English proficient adolescents nationwide are U.S. born. Up to 27 percent of all LEP adolescents are members of the second generation, and 30 percent are third generation, meaning that many students educated exclusively in U.S. schools still cannot speak English fluently.
Giving legal status to millions of non-English speaking illegal aliens would dramatically expand demands for government services in foreign languages and further erode English’s critical as our unifying national language.
As you may recall, Sen. Reid attempted this same maneuver—attaching the DREAM Act to the Defense Authorization bill—back in 2007 just after the Kennedy-Bush amnesty plan went down in defeat in the Senate. Thanks to the American people’s continued opposition and unrelenting phone calls, the DREAM Act was pulled and never received a vote, so there is no time to waste! Call your Senators now and tell them to VOTE NO on the DREAM ACT AMENDMENT!