Dream Act immigration reform bill to stick it to Congress
The US Congress is poised to vote this week on a bill that offers more than 2 million young illegal immigrants a path to citizenship, a move that will re-open the toxic debate on the issue ahead of the November mid-term elections…
The bill is being introduced by the Democratic Senate leader, Harry Reid, and is facing widespread opposition from Republicans.
The Democratic party sees it as a no-lose situation. If the Republicans vote against, the Democrats hope this will cement their position as the party of the Latinos… NSS.
The bill would allow young illegal immigrants to become citizens if they have completed a university or college education or served two years in the military.
Barack Obama promised during this presidential run that he would introduce legislation to provide the estimated 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants, most of them Latinos, with a route to citizenship but has so far failed to deliver. This measure, even if the chances of passage appear at this stage to be slim, would go part way towards achieving that…
The Pentagon, struggling to maintain levels of recruitment in the face of troop demands in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, is among the backers of the bill.
In a tactical device by the Democrats, the bill has been tacked on to legislation approving defence spending for next year, making it harder for the Republicans to obstruct it. If the defence spending approval is held up the Pentagon will have to seek emergency funding elsewhere…
The proposed measure leaves the Republicans in a bind. If Republicans vote against the measure it will help the Democrats portray them as anti-immigration in the run-up to the elections in November in which a host of Senate and House seats and governorships will be at stake.
Some smart politics by the Dems. For a change. They could have been pushing the Republicans like this for months.
Fits perfectly with the bigotry of the teabaggers, too. As the assorted Tea Party factions continue to gain strength within the Republican Party, their nativist bigotry forces the opportunist Old Guard to move further to the right.