With just a few days left in the 111th Congress, both chambers are expected to vote on the DREAM Act Amnesty today. On Tuesday, the House Rules Committee passed a "same-day" rule that will allow a same-day vote on bills brought to the floor. And in the Senate, Majority Leader Reid has scheduled a series of cloture votes, including the DREAM Act, for later this afternoon.
The DREAM Act would provide amnesty to up to 2.1 million illegal aliens who were presumably brought into the country illegally by their parents when they were under the age of 16. Upon proving that they were brought here at a young age and have lived at least five consecutive years in the United States, the illegal aliens would receive legal status if they have earned a high school diploma, obtained a GED, or been admitted to an institution of higher learning.
There are no numerical limits placed on the amnesty, and there's no end date. Illegal aliens who satisfy the requirements have one year from earning a high school diploma, obtaining a GED or being admitted to an institution of higher learning to submit an application for a cancellation of removal and receive legal status. With no end date or numerical limits, the bill would invite future illegal immigration.
The DREAM Act explicitly prohibits the Department of Homeland Security from removing any illegal alien who has submitted a DREAM Act application. This could encourage illegal aliens to submit applications with false information in order to receive protection from removal.
Illegal aliens who qualify for the DREAM Act receive legal status for at least 10 years. They are immediately authorized to work in the United States potentially adding up to 2.1 million legal workers to the labor force that currently has 22 unemploymed Americans.
If a DREAM Act applicant satisfies all requirements of the Act, their status will be adjusted to legal permanent resident and can then become a naturalized citizen. Once naturalized, they can sponsor their family members for citizenship, creating an endless chain of migration.
Updated: Wed, Dec 8th 2010 @ 11:21am EST