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July 17, 2007

The ACLU On The 'DREAM Act'

Topics: Immigration and Border Issues

Up until a few days ago, I had never heard of the he Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act (S. 1545), but now that I have, I can see that it's surely a dream of a deal for high school graduates who derive their immigration status solely from their parents. We're talking about the children of illegal aliens.

They not only have received free education, medical care, and other services, courtesy of the American citizens, now the ACLU and some members in Congress want them to get an even better "dream of a deal."

The DREAM Act effectively repeals a 1996 federal law (8 U.S.C. § 1623) that prohibits any state from offering in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens unless the state also offers in-state tuition rates to all U.S. citizens.

Ten states are currently defying this federal law. Section 616 would allow these and all other states to offer in-state tuition rates to any illegal alien who obtains the Z visa and attends college.

The injustice of this provision is obvious. Illegal aliens would receive a taxpayer subsidy worth tens of thousands of dollars and would be treated better than U.S. citizens from out of state, who must pay three to four times as much to attend college. In an era of limited educational resources and rising tuitions, U.S. citizens, not aliens openly violating federal law, should be first in line to receive education subsidies.

Further, legal aliens who possess an appropriate F, J, or M student visa would not receive this valuable benefit. Nor would they be eligible for the federal student loans that illegal aliens could obtain by this provision.

If you haven't gotten the message yet that the DREAM act is sweet for the children of illegal aliens and a nightmare for American citizens, here's a humorous take that provides more truth than the nightly news will ever tell you about the DREAM act.

Borrowing a question from what Digger at Digger's Realm has pointed out, just why is it that the ACLU fights against the civil liberties of American citizens and legal immigrants in favor of the so called "civil liberties" of illegal aliens who have no such rights and are not even supposed to be in this country?

Hat tip - Jay at Stop The ACLU.

Posted by Richard at July 17, 2007 1:16 PM

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