Sept. 21, 2010
To interview Jayne Cannava contact:
Phil Kent (404) 226-3549
ARLINGTON, Va.– “Today’s unsuccessful attempt by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to force passage of the so-called DREAM Act, which would have granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens– many of them barely proficient in English or non-English speakers– is a great testament to the massive citizen pressure on senators urging defeat,” says Jayne Cannava, executive director of ProEnglish which advocates English as the official language of government for the United States.
“This legislation had no business being attached to a defense authorization bill and no meaningful amendment process was allowed,” Cannava said. “But overall, any amnesty that increases the expensive demand for multilingual services is an insult to all Americans who come to our shores, learn English and eventually become permanent residents or citizens. As it is, the bureaucracy cannot currently process and verify the identity of all legal immigrants and provide for the English training that they require. There is no mechanism in the DREAM Act to ensure that the millions who would be amnestied would have had to learn English.”
“Let’s hope this nightmare legislation is dead for this year— even if there is a lame-duck congressional session after the November 2 congressional elections,” Cannava said.