[UPDATE:] DREAM Act Passes in the House, Stalls in the Senate
Update, December 9, 6:11 p.m.:
The esteemed Surf City GOP Congressdude,Dana Rohrabacher
, said on the House floor that the DREAM Act is unfair to "non-minorities."
Oh no he diiiiiiiin't?!?
Oh, yes. Yes he did.
See the video and a passage from his debate after the jump . . .
The bolds are courtesy of yours truly.
REP. ROHRABACHER: I rise in opposition to the Affirmative Action Amnesty Act, or otherwise known as the DREAM Act, which we are now debating. Uh, Mr. Speaker, uh, if an illegal immigrant, if this act passes, if an illegal immigrant happens to be of a racial or ethnic minority, which the vast majority of illegal immigrants are, that individual, as soon as legal status is granted, will be entitled to all the education, employment, job training, government contract, and other minority preferences that are written into our federal and state laws. As a result, the DREAM Act would not only put illegal immigrants on par with American citizens, but would in many cases put them ahead of most American citizens and legal immigrants. So those voting for this so-called DREAM Act are voting to relegate the position of non-minority American citizens to behind those who are now in this country illegally.
This legislation not only increases the burden on our hard-pressed government programs and services, but will give foreigners who are here illegally preference over non-minority citizens, U.S. Citizens," he repeated. "It doesn't get much worse than that.
Ah, Dana, it's not even Christmas yet but you still give us these presents . . .
Update, December 9, 11:36 a.m.: The DREAM Act was tabled in the U.S. Senate this morning, but leader Harry Reid is expected to bring it up for a vote early next week.
On the bright side, the delay gives activists another week to work on more senators as some claim there are not yet the 60 votes required to stave off a GOP filibuster.
Original Post, December 8, 6:36 p.m.: There are reports that, after a lengthy debate this evening, the DREAM Act finally went to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives and passed with a 216-198 vote.
The legislation, which would allow 65,000 young undocumented students who graduate high school each year to start a pathway to U.S. citizenship after completing two years of college or military service, only needed a simple majority vote to move to the Senate.
Florida Republicans apparently helped push the bill over the top.
Hispanically Speaking News is among those reporting on the passage. It quotes Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose), who heads the House Immigration subcommittee, describing on the House floor the beneficiaries of the Dream Act as kids who grew up in the United States, and who often speak no other language but English, yet face dead ends once they graduate from high school.
"Their immigration status prevented them from working, paying taxes, serving in the military," she said. "They could never get right with the law, even though they had done nothing wrong. The only thing they did was to obey their parents."
CNN reports the bill still faces a tough fight in the Senate.
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