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GOP Blocks Citizenship For Illegal Aliens

From an outraged New York Times:

Senate Blocks Bill for Young Illegal Immigrants

December 18, 2010

The Senate on Saturday blocked a bill that would have created a path to citizenship for certain young illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children, completed two years of college or military service and met other requirements, including passing a criminal background check.

The vote by 55-41 in favor of the bill, which is known as the Dream Act, effectively kills it for this year, and its fate is uncertain. The measure needed the support of 60 senators to cut off a filibuster and bring it to the floor.

That this vote came down to just one vote is appalling.

Supporters said they were heartened that the measure won the backing of a majority of the Senate. They said they would continue to press for it, either on its own or as part of a wide immigration overhaul that some Democrats hope to undertake next year and believe could be an area of cooperation with Republicans, who will control a majority in the House.

Most immediately, the measure would have helped grant legal status to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrant students and recent graduates whose lives are severely restricted, though many have lived in the United States for nearly their entire lives.

If their lives are "severely restricted" at all, it is only because they are in this country illegally.

Young Hispanic men and women filled the spectator galleries of the Senate, many of them wearing graduation caps and tassels in a symbol of their support for the bill. They held hands in a prayerful gesture as the clerk called the roll and many looked stricken as its defeat was announced

Yes, we all know that this is all about getting a (free) education. And not giving more illegal aliens citizenships so that they will vote for Democrats.

Five Democrats joined Republicans in opposing the bill. They were Senators Max Baucus of Montana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Jon Tester of Montana.

And three Republicans joined the balance of Democrats in favor of it: Robert Bennett of Utah, Richard Lugar of Indiana, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Naturally. (Thanks again, Alaska!)

Mr. Obama, in a statement, called the outcome “incredibly disappointing” and said that he would continue fighting to win approval of the bill.

“It is not only the right thing to do for talented young people who seek to serve a country they know as their own, it is the right thing for the United States of America,” Mr. Obama said. “Our nation is enriched by their talents and would benefit from the success of their efforts.”

“The Dream Act is important to our economic competitiveness, military readiness, and law enforcement efforts,” he said, adding, “It is disappointing that common sense did not prevail today but my administration will not give up.”

No, Mr. Obama and the Democrats never give up on trying to manufacture more voters to give them more power.

There is their top priority, first last and always.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, December 18th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “GOP Blocks Citizenship For Illegal Aliens”

  1. untrainable says:

    I’m curious how illegal aliens can serve in the US military. Someone enlighten me on this one. If you’re not a legal citizen, how can you serve in the military? Is that legal? And if it’s not legal, then there is yet another straw man for democrats to serve and protect.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      UT, if a person is an illegal immigrant, they cannot serve in the US military: http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/enlcitizen.htm

      The socialists are skewing the argument and making it sound like they should use serving in the military as an illegal is a noble thing and therefore, justifies being made a bona fide citizen. As usual, they have their facts wrong with the obvious argument being, “Well if Javier served in the military, illegal or not, he should be allowed to become a US citizen” but it ignores the fact that an alien must first satisfy immigration requirements, then the requirements of the US military before they can enlist. And even then, if successful, they are not permitted to serve in sensitive career fields or are limited to bases where that career field doesn’t engage in certain sensitive aspects of the job. For example, I was stationed overseas and dealt with nukes. No immigrant military member who had not been naturalized could serve there. But I worked with a few when I came back to the USA. And they were largely annoying and angry people.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    ““It is not only the right thing to do for talented young people who seek to serve a country they know as their own,…

    Again, Mr Obama talks crap. There are so many things wrong with this sentence…

    1)How is is that they “know this country as their own”? If they are here illegally, they were not born here. Thus it is not their own.

    2)If they are so “talented” then again, why hasn’t some company scooped them up because of this talent, and assisting them with immigration issues?

    3)If they seek to “serve this country”, why are they here illegally? If they seek to serve, then they would willingly adhere to our laws and make sure they obeyed them; Seems a prerequisite to serving a country that one “knows as their own”.

    And again, if you are an illegal immigrant, you cannot serve in the military. If you become an illegal immigrant AFTER your military service, then you are ignoring the laws of this nation and ignorance is no excuse. However, to be fair, I think that an immigrant who has served honorably should have their path to citizenship smoothed and hastened.

    Really, Barry, your ass-face lies appall me.

  3. Deserat says:

    I’m confused by this. I’m sitting here in Germany watching AFN and there are numerous commercials about how you as a non-citizen military person can apply for citizenship – the fees for the process are waived (they say that on the commercial). They also say that you may already have all of the qualifications and be eligible….so why do we need the DREAM act for this? Is the DREAM act another mechanism that has less hurdles to jump? Why the subterfuge regarding the fact that there is a way already to become a citizen with assistance from the government if you serve in the military.

    As for the students, that’s another story – many times they come to the US for an education because they can’t get into the schools in their country due to their country’s education process (here in Germany, you are racked and stacked as per your performance in school from about age 10 on – this affects your eligibility for university entrance later on in life). So, they opt to come to the US and buy their education and then go looking for a job, etc. That doesn’t mean they are entitled to become a citizen of that particular country. In fact, most other countries have very strict definitions of who can/cannot be a citizen…..the USA is a very generous country in that regard….

    So, yes, bald faced lying on the part of these politicians…..or sheer ignorance and/or stupidity.

  4. JohnMG says:

    Obama: …“The Dream Act is important to our economic competitiveness, military readiness, and law enforcement efforts,”…

    Sure it is. Just like the repeal of DADT strengthens the military. And as for serving a country they know as their own, the only way this statement could have any credibility would be if one were to subscribe to the claim by illegals that we stole it from Mexico to begin with.

    Just like the black minority populations in our urban centers, if left to their own devices these Mexican illegals would soon turn this country into a clone of the manure pile from which they so eagerly fled.

    Obama is the king of the turd merchants.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    “The Dream Act is important to our economic competitiveness, military readiness, and law enforcement efforts,” he said, adding, “It is disappointing that common sense did not prevail today but my administration will not give up.” …

    Common Sense?

    Once again our hamster brained prez is “WRONG” on every count.
    As for law enforcement efforts……ah……ILLEGAL means what?

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