Time To Pass DREAM Act, Repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”


    Roll Call reports, “Harry Reid to put both DREAM Act and DADT bills on floor.”  Needless to say, it’s long past time for action on both of these bills, certainly while Democrats still control both the House and the Senate. We’ve written a lot here at Blue Virginia on the absurdity of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and why that crazy, outdated, counterproductive, discriminatory policy needs to go. As for the DREAM Act, here’s what Colin Powell had to say back in late September on this subject.  I couldn’t agree more.

    We can’t be anti-immigration…because immigrants are fueling this country. Without immigrants, America would be like Europe or Japan, with an aging population and no young people coming in to take care of it. We have to educate our immigrants. The DREAM Act is one way we can do this…The DREAM Act in a nutshell says if you are a young person and you were brought here by your parents and you’re in illegal status, if you have finished high school, we’ll give you a 6-year temporary residency, and if during those 6 years you finish 2 years of college or you go into the military service for 2 years, then you’re on a path to citizenship. That’s good. America is going to be a minority nation in one more generation. Our minorities are not getting educated well enough now, 50% of our minority kids are not finishing high school. We’ve got to invest in education. We should use the DREAM Act as one way to do it…We’ve got to find a way to bring these people out of the darkness and give them some kind of status…Immigration is what’s keeping this country’s lifeblood moving forward. They enrich our culture with every generation. We have to find a way to protect our borders, but at the same time treat our immigrant population with respect and dignity and give them a path to citizenship.

    Contact Jim Webb and Mark Warner, tell them to vote “aye” on the DREAM Act today!  Thanks.

    • DanielK

      I’ll probably ride by bike off of a cliff…..(j/k) But in all seriousness, anyone (i.e. Republicans) who attempts to call this amnesty really doesn’t know what the term amnesty is all about. If they’re confused on what amnesty is I’ll direct them back to Regan’s attempt to fix immigration.

      Military service is an incredible sacrifice for anyone who chooses to serve and in all honesty one of the few occupations where you could potentially lose your die and you know that going into the job.  Once they go into the military they can learn a trade, get money for college and earn their citizenship.  Keyword here is EARN, not given like amnesty does.  

      Maybe I am a little too dense to figure this out but wouldn’t this be something that the strong-on-defense, gung-ho military Republicans want to support? Strengthen the military and deal with immigration without involving amnesty?  What am I missing here?

    • blue bronc

      I am not impressed by the act of bringing something to the floor.  Especially items that are hot button to the far right unless there has been a lot of action in the cloak room to ensure the votes are in place to pass them.

      We saw the “vote” on DADT before the recess. The repeal was there just to give cover to Reid and Obama. It did not fool most GLBT people. In fact it really pissed a lot of the community off with the result of more LGBT people voting Repub.

      So Reid and Obama need to be doing the arm twisting and compromises necessary to get the job done.  Playing a game of tossing out stuff just to say “oh look what we did for you – and the votes just were not there” does not make it.  

      Reid and Obama need to be making it happen, no hoping or pretending to wish it would happen.