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Shamnesty 2.0 – ‘I have a DREAM’

By: Magnolia Tribune - September 18, 2007

Shamnesty returns: The DREAM Act won’t die

Michelle Malkin

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How Dream Act is Amnesty Bill
–Gives amnesty to any illegal alien claiming to have arrived in the U.S. prior to age 16 and who has lived in the U.S. for five years (16/5).
–Any illegal alien can apply, no matter the current age. For example, a 35 year old illegal alien can make an amnesty claim under the Dream Act by simply claiming he has met the 16/5 requirement.
–To apply, an illegal must simply “demonstrate” that he is eligible. No concrete proof required.
–By simply applying under the Dream Act, an illegal alien is immediately granted “conditional” lawful permanent residence (i.e. green card) status. Thus, illegal aliens are given amnesty immediately.
–The “conditional” status can be converted to non-conditional green card by completing two years of higher education or two years of military service within the next six years.
–If the illegal alien has already completed the two-year study/service requirement at the time of application, non-conditional legal status can happen immediately.
–The bill also fast-tracks the path to full citizenship by counting time in “conditional” status toward the five-year residency requirement for citizenship application. Also, by claiming “retroactive” benefits, the five-year requirement could start the day the Dream Act is passed.
–Illegal aliens who file an application for legal status under the Dream Act CANNOT be deported. Plus, the federally government is restricted from using the application information to deport the illegal alien or otherwise hold the alien responsible for breaking our immigration laws.
–Once an illegal alien receives non-conditional green card status, that legalized alien can then sponsor family members for legal green card status. This creates a massive “anchor teen” loophole that puts amnesty within the reach of millions.

How Dream Act Funnels Taxpayer Benefits to Illegals
Current law prohibits states from giving illegal aliens in-state tuition rates unless those rates are available to any citizen or legal resident of any state. If a state wants to give illegal aliens in-state college tuition rates, then that state must offer that same rate to any citizen and legal resident.

Despite clear federal law, 10 states have passed state laws giving illegal aliens the in-state tuition rate (California, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Washington). Thus, the current law prohibits states from discrimination against U.S. citizens in favor of illegal aliens.

The Dream Act nullifies current law and allows states to grant illegal aliens in-state tuition rates. Not only does this create a taxpayer funded benefit for illegal aliens, it creates a benefit not available even to U.S. citizens. Thus, American taxpayers are subsidizing the higher education for illegal aliens — a benefit out-of-state citizens cannot even access.

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