Thursday, December 9, 2010

Lame-Duck Session - #2459 - House Approves Controversial DREAM Act - The Blaze (2) DREAM Act Passes House 216-198 - Hot Air

With the final days of the 111th Congress winding down, Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill bet on a last-ditch showdown over immigration reform Wednesday evening as the House of Representatives narrowly approved the DREAM Act — the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010. The LA Times reports: The legislation would give hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants a chance at becoming legal. The requirements state that, to be eligible, a person must have been brought to the United States before he or she was 16, been in the United States for five years, earned a high-school degree and be attending college or be in the military.  In recent days, Democrats had aimed to pick up some Republican support by dropping the maximum eligible age from 35 to 29, extending the waiting period for a green card from six to 10 years and eliminating the requirement that DREAM Act youth pay tuition at in-state rates rather than out-of-state rates. In-state tuition, which is what undocumented students in California pay, amounts to an average annual public subsidy of about $6,000 nationally per student. Read more.......

DREAM Act Passes House 216-198 - Hot Air - No surprise. In fact, I assume Reid postponed today’s Senate vote until tomorrow precisely so that he could pressure fencesitters by telling them they’re now in position to make the DREAM come true. 38 Democrats voted no with the GOP versus just eight Republicans who crossed the aisle to vote yes. The defectors:
Joe Cao (defeated in general election)
Mike Castle (defeated in primary)
Lincoln Diaz-Balart (retiring)
Mario Diaz-Balart
Charles Djou (defeated in general election)
Vern Ehlers (retiring)
Bob Inglis (defeated in primary)
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
If you’re looking to punish any of them with a primary, the pickings are slim. Via Greg Hengler, here’s Democrat Jared Polis arguing in favor of recognizing the “de facto Americans” who are already here. Nothing about border security, natch.

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