Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has decided to tuck the “DREAM Act” — which would, among other things, give amnesty to illegal aliens who came to the United States as minors and grant them in-state tuition at state-run colleges — into the defense funding bill.
No deal, dirtbag.
There are three great reasons to stop this measure. The first is that this bill is about defense funding, and Reid’s attempt to piggyback his pet bill — which has nothing to do with defense spending, and is a perfect example of just what the hell is wrong with our entrenched governing class.
The second is to simply echo Reid’s side whenever our side has brought up any kind of immigration reform or enforcement issue — “it has to be part of a comprehensive immigration reform move.” Whenever our side has brought up building the border fence, or improving enforcement, or tightening up the laws, we’ve been shot down and told that it can only be done as some huge overhaul of the entire system.
Well, if that’s the case, then it has to apply to attempts to give amnesty to illegal aliens. Sorry, Harry. Our side didn’t set that policy, but we’re damned sure not going to be the only side that abides by it.
The final reason is a philosophical one. I believe that the law should never set up a circumstance where it is more advantageous to not be an American citizen than to be one.
Let me set up a hypothetical situation (hypothetical, as in I don’t know of an actual case like this, but it’s entirely possible): two families, the Serras and the Alleynes.
The Serras live in Nashua, New Hampshire — a city on the southern border. Mr. and Mrs. Serra both work in Massachusetts, at good jobs, and pay Massachusetts income tax. Their daughter turns 18 and wants to attend the University of Massachusetts at Lowell — it’s a decent school, just about 20 miles down a highway. It’s less than half an hour’s drive, most of the time.
Meanwhile, the Alleynes live in Lawrence, Massachusetts. It’s about the same distance from Lowell, and their daughter also wants to attend UMass-Lowell. The only thing is, the Alleynes are illegal aliens.
Under the DREAM Act, young Ms. Alleyne would get to attend the school at a reduced rate. However, young Ms. Serra would not be eligible for that same rate. In fact, they’d have to face the fact that they are subsidizing Ms. Alleyne’s tuition through their taxes while still paying the full boat for their own daughter.
That just isn’t acceptable.
Yank the DREAM Act out of the defense spending bill, Senator Reid. We know you’re an unprincipled scumbag, but — just this once — show that you don’t always have to do the scummy thing.