According to a letter written by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), House Democratic Leadership is thinking of attaching the DREAM Act Amnesty bill to an immigration-related bill he introduced. The Help HAITI Act would allow the Department of Homeland Security to offer permanent residency to orphaned children who came to the United States after the devastating earthquake earlier this year.
“I’m at a total loss. This is about helping the children in the wake of the earthquake,” Rep. Fortenberry wrote.
“After these families have opened their hearts and homes to some of the world’s most vulnerable children, this security is the least we can give them. The House of Representatives should affirm this by passing the Help HAITI Act, free of unrelated, controversial measures."
According to Congressional Quarterly, a Capitol Hill publication, even though Rep. Fortenberry didn't mention the DREAM Act in his letter, one of his aides said that was the controversial bill his letter referred to.
Since the Fortenberry bill is an immigration bill, it makes sense for House Leaders to attempt to attach the DREAM Act Amnesty to it. The move could force Republicans to vote down a bill sponsored by one of their own, but at the same time, House Leaders could jeopardize popularity by killing the Help HAITI Act.