Democrat Leaders Ignoring Public’s Will by Continuing DREAM Act Push, Sessions Says
WASHINGTON— U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today made the following comments after the DREAM Act legislation was reintroduced in the Senate:
“Over the last year, the Senate Democrat Leaders have introduced five versions of the DREAM Act, each seeking to add billions of dollars to the federal deficit with no committee review. Today, Senator Durbin and others reintroduced the DREAM Act legislation under those same circumstances, demonstrating that the Democrats are still ignoring the public’s plea to secure our border and to establish lawful immigration reform.
Proponents of the DREAM Act insist it is a limited bill for young children of illegal immigrants who graduate high school, get a college degree, and join the military. In fact, from the statements of this bill’s supporters, one would think that this only impacts young valedictorians, engineers, doctors, and members of our military. But the facts found in past versions of the bill indicate otherwise.
The DREAM Act submitted late last year would have granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, regardless of whether they went to high school or finished college or served in the military. And that bill was certainly not limited to children. It would have applied to illegal immigrants who are as old as 30 now and—because the bill has no cap or sunset—who would have remained eligible at any future age.
The bill’s amnesty provisions were so broad that illegal aliens with multiple criminal convictions—misdemeanors that could include drunk driving, some drug offenses, and even sexual offenses. But the last version of this bill goes yet further, offering temporary safe harbor to all illegal aliens who simply file an application, even if they pose a risk and could never be eligible for amnesty under the bill. This is especially dangerous because the safe harbor would also apply to those from terror-prone regions in the Middle East.
We have it within our power to fix the broken immigration system, but it will require leadership from the president and from Congress to get serious about first securing our borders, ending the lawlessness, and establishing a lawful system of immigration.”
NOTE: Details of the latest version of the DREAM Act introduced by the Senate Democrat Leaders are pending.