Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Dream Act

For the children of undocumented workers, the future is bleak. No green card, no in-state tuition and no opportunity for better tomorrows

But now it looks as if the Senate might pass the Dream Act which gives immigrant children who've been in the United States before the age of 16 and graduated from high school a chance to dream.

The New York Times reports that approximately 65,000 children "would receive conditional legal status for six years, during which they could work, go to college [or] serve in the military. If they completed at least two years of college or military service, they would be eligible for legalization."

In order to qualify, they must also be of good moral character and have continously lived in the states for five years

Of course, for the Jackson Millers and Corey Stewarts of the world, this represents immunity for past lawlessness. Never mind that kids had no sway in convincing their parents to come to America.

The Dream Act was initially sponsored by Republic Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah and has bipartisan support. A bill killing procedural vote is scheduled today.

Hmmm, let's see, we can probably expect Sens. Mel Martinez, Orrin Hatch, Arlen Specter, John Sununu and Olympia Snowe to vote with the Democrats.

How will Sens. Susan Collins, Pete Domenici, Norm Coleman, Gordon Smith, John Warner, John Cornyn, Chuck Grassley and Chuck Hagel vote? How about Arlen's bestest bud, Larry Craig???

As Times writes, the bill "rejects that unacceptable waste of young talent." A noble imperative in keeping with our moral constitution. Now let's hope enough Republicans view the compelling logic the same way.

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