GOP turns its back on patriotic and productive illegal immigrants

One of the more detrimental features of the current Republican Party is its indulgence of the stubborn nativism that characterizes its base. That was on full display last night, when only eight Republicans in the House of Representatives voted for the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for young illegal immigrants who have demonstrated ambition, good character and talent.
The DREAM Act is no massive plan for “amnesty;” it is narrowly tailored to young folk who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years. They would be eligible for citizenship only if they served in the military for two years or finished two years of college. They would join the ranks of patriotic and productive Americans.
Michael Gerson, chief speechwriter for George W. Bush, had called on Republicans in Congress to support the bill:

It would be difficult to define a more sympathetic group of potential Americans. They must demonstrate that they are law-abiding and education-oriented. Some seek to defend the country they hope to join. The Defense Department supports the Dream Act as a source of quality volunteers. Business groups welcome a supply of college-educated workers. The Department of Homeland Security endorses the legislation so it can focus on other, more threatening, groups of illegal immigrants. . .

Whatever its legislative fate, the Dream Act is effective at stripping away pretense. Opponents of this law don’t want earned citizenship for any illegal immigrant – even those personally guilty of no crime, even those who demonstrate their skills and character. The Dream Act would be a potent incentive for assimilation. But for some, assimilation clearly is not the goal. They have no intention of sharing the honor of citizenship with anyone called illegal – even those who came as children, have grown up as neighbors and would be willing to give their lives in the nation’s cause.

During the current lame-duck session of Congress, Republicans have been correct to emphasize economic concerns, which the public prioritized in the recent election. But supporting the Dream Act would send a useful message – that some Republicans in victory are capable of governing for the sake of everyone.

But the GOP isn’t interested in proving its sense of duty to everyone. It only wants to satisfy its rich backers (witness its fealty to keeping tax cuts for the rich) and throw a few crumbs to its narrow-minded base. For those reasons, the DREAM Act is probably doomed in the Senate, where Republicans have pledged to block votes on everything else until they get the extension of tax cuts for the rich.

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Purple People Eater

December 9th, 2010
11:48 am

I would be for storming Mexico and making it a part of the United States.

markie mark

December 9th, 2010
11:49 am

Kam, cause you are chicken!@#!@# who wont declare himself….thats why. Obvious to all….You will let other people speak for you so you are ever reproached. just plain gutless.

markie mark

December 9th, 2010
11:49 am

thats NEVER reproached

markie mark

December 9th, 2010
11:51 am

and of course, you once again skipped my posts about what this all started with and didnt acknowledge it….after what, 2 hours? gutless.

Purple People Eater

December 9th, 2010
11:53 am

I wish Democrats cared about the citizens of THIS COUNTRY!

Kamchak

December 9th, 2010
11:53 am

shaggy

December 9th, 2010
11:56 am

Libertarian,
Yes, I agree that Fair Tax makes too much sense for the masses.
Really, i would rather see a “nudging” for the illegals to return on their own, to their country and do it legally.
I don’t want my tax dollars wasted either, but on the other hand, it is already being wasted by services being provided to the illegals right now.

Nothing Is Free

December 9th, 2010
11:56 am

George W

- -Nothing……please tell me why you believe CTucker is smart.- -

I don’t know. Proper English?

I guess just in reading what she writes, I get that sense. It’s not anything in particular. She, unlike Kammy, knows when she is losing an argument. I would guess that she is getting some sort of commission from this blog, but I’m not sure of that.

I think I am just much more likely to give everyone the benefit of the doubt.

George W

December 9th, 2010
11:56 am

Nothing…..I agree with you 100%

GT/MIT

December 9th, 2010
11:59 am

Kamchak:

I’ve been reading along this forum from time to time, and your moniker seem to appear about third entry. I’ve about decided that I must have meet you somewhere before but I can’t place just where that might have been. Then I remembered a lecture I once attended where the point was made that ”
when you have nothing to say, talk a lot”, I’ll bet you were there.

Nothing Is Free

December 9th, 2010
11:59 am

George W

I got it. The reason why Ms Tucker is smart is because she never posted this:

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Test Tube Tommy

December 9th, 2010
11:59 am

The bill passed in congress but they’re saying it will die in the senate………who controls the senate again?

George W

December 9th, 2010
12:00 pm

Even though the majority of what she writes is extremely comical?

Georgian

December 9th, 2010
12:02 pm

Again I will state, as long as the DREAM Act provides loopholes for illegals and liberals to exploit the system, it will never pass.

Kamchak

December 9th, 2010
12:04 pm

I’ll bet you were there.

I’ll take that bet.

How much?

Georgian

December 9th, 2010
12:09 pm

Test Tube Tommy,

Dems do not have the 60 votes to avoid a filibuster from Republicans. Thank God for that.

Nothing Is Free

December 9th, 2010
12:10 pm

George W

- -Even though the majority of what she writes is extremely comical?- -

LOL!

Mark Twain was smart as hell and also funny as hell.

I’m going to have to bail with that one. I am being summoned to the conference room.

Georgian

December 9th, 2010
12:11 pm

How bout this for news? Gitmo will not be closed, DEMOCRATS made sure of that.

Aren’t they the ones that railed against it and promised they would close it and on and on?

Tommy Maddox

December 9th, 2010
12:17 pm

It got canned in the Senate.

Georgian

December 9th, 2010
12:20 pm

It got canned in the Senate bc they know it won’t get passed. If they want it passed so bad, why won’t they work with Republicans to make the language workable where there are no possible loopholes. If they truly don’t want a loophole for citizenship in the bill, why not work together? Their unwillingness to correct the flaws in the bill demonstrate that Dems want all illegals to be given the free ride, not the “few” they claim.

Tommy Maddox

December 9th, 2010
12:21 pm

They want to be given a free vote too.

Mack

December 9th, 2010
12:24 pm

The title should be “All But 38 Dems. in the House TURNED THEIR BACKS on UNITED STAETS CITIZENS”! The DREAM Amnesty Act advocates IN-State tuition for ILLEGALS who now replace innocent American students in the limited seats in college at a time when over 10% of Americans are out of work and their families are struggling to train for new jobs and pay for college. Why would you support in-state tuition for the ILLEGALS that will attract more ILLEGALS to the United States and train ILLEGALS for jobs it is illegal for them to have. These students should go back to their HOME countries and stop draining our resources that could be used to assist United States Citizens and not the ILLEGALS! Just follow the money! The Elitist Politicians and their Elitist Political Contributors want to continue to have United States Citizens pay the benefits for their ILLEGALS while they continue to have their BOTTOM LINES increased at the taxpayer’s expense!

Kamchak

December 9th, 2010
12:26 pm

And to your point that “…and your moniker seem to appear about third entry,” this is my thirteenth post (fifteen if you count the two name-jacking).

As of this moment, there are 270 posts on this thread. Is it your contention that 13 is one-third of 270?

Blue

December 9th, 2010
12:30 pm

“One of the more detrimental features of the current Republican Party”. CT, you have so much volume of all that is wrong and detrimental with all Republican’s, how do you expect anyone to read this sentence and think there is any credibility in it. NEVER do I read an article where we do something right. OH WAIT…we elected some black’s this last election period. OH WAIT…that wasn’t Republican’s, that was because of “Barack’s influence”.

Chris D.

December 9th, 2010
12:35 pm

So much for the Republicans being the party of “NO”. Seems the Dems have taken over that position now…

House Democrats voted Thursday to reject President Barack Obama’s tax deal with Republicans in its current form, but it was unclear how significantly the package might need to be changed.

Lil' Barry Bailout

December 9th, 2010
12:37 pm

Democrats have large majorities in both houses of Congress. Yet CT hypocritically blames Republicans?

Blame-shifting like this just shows how weak your arguments are, CT.

cosby

December 9th, 2010
12:38 pm

Illegal is illeagal – against the law…wonder if I can rob a bank and then receive a DREAM act to forgive me and I get to keep the money. with out laws and the enforcement there of, we become a lawless country rewarding law brakers and it makes The USA a third world county..dont like what you get, riot in the streets and get what you want!
what is there not to understand other than vote buying by Politicians

DawgDad

December 9th, 2010
12:38 pm

Cynthia, given the problems we currently face as a nation the fact that THIS issue was the #1 priority of the Congress yesterday is an insult to every citizen in this nation. Who are these people representing, and what are their priorities? Oh, yeah, maybe THIS is why they got voted out in droves. Ya think?

Lil' Barry Bailout

December 9th, 2010
12:40 pm

Most Americans Say They’re Worse Off Since Obama Took Office, Poll Shows

More than 50 percent of Americans say they are worse off now than they were two years ago when President Barack Obama took office, and two-thirds believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, a Bloomberg National Poll shows.
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Idiot Messiah: Fail.

GT/MIT

December 9th, 2010
12:41 pm

Are you trying to prove that you actually have some math skills?

DawgDad

December 9th, 2010
12:42 pm

“House Democrats voted Thursday to reject President Barack Obama’s tax deal with Republicans in its current form, but it was unclear how significantly the package might need to be changed.”

Probably cooking up a DREAM act for the lame ducks in Congress.

Tommy Maddox

December 9th, 2010
12:42 pm

Let’s see: The Dems hold the vast majorities in both houses of Congress.Today, tax reform and the Dream scheme get the can from the Dems. Hmmmm.

Now that I consider this, I do believe that the premise of this article is down right silly.

JW

December 9th, 2010
12:44 pm

There’s an error in the headline to this story. It should’ve read “GOP turns its back on criminal patriotic and productive illegal immigrants”. Being in this country is a crime – PERIOD. If an illegal immigrant has the capacity to understand the difference between right and wrong (used as a standard in trying minors) and chooses to continue in the commission of illegal actions, then that person is a CRIMINAL.

I would only consider supporting a path towards naturization (which currently exists) for those who join the US military and serve honorably. I stongly object to my tax dollars supporting illegal immigrants attending educational institutions. Gentting a college education at my expense doesn’t cut it.

If they are that patriotic, then they should apply to be allowed to enter the country legally. After being admitted legally, their patriotism and hard work will be rewarded the same as anyone else.

God Bless America... and no one else

December 9th, 2010
12:45 pm

I know a more sypathetic group of potential Americans. My interpreters in Afghanistan worked with US troops everyday, risking their lives and the lives of their friends and family. On several occasions, they provided me with intel that potentially saved the lives of my soldiers. All three have been doing this dangerous service for seven years, all three are already college educated, and all three want to come to America with their families.

The requirement for this opportunity? Get signed affidavits from each officer they served, talk one of those officers into doing the volume of paperwork required to submit the immigration packet, wait for a two-star general to sign it and forward it to Nebraska, then hope they are one of the fifty chosen each year.

Instead, we want to give citizenship freely to those who choose to skirt the system.

Kamchak

December 9th, 2010
12:50 pm

With a nom-de-blog like GT/MIT I though you would have a less tenuous connection with mathematics.

Oh well, live and learn.

How about that bet, sport?

Talk’s cheap; whisky costs money.

Del,

December 9th, 2010
12:50 pm

OMG…The Dream Act with all these people in line for years going through the process legally, Cynthia and her friends want to push through this stupid piece of legislation. Actually what there dreaming about is to have another hard-left voting block, they don’t really care about the people that’s just a smoke screen.

GT/MIT

December 9th, 2010
1:03 pm

I have decent relationship with math but all that is needed here is the ability to add 2 and 2 in order to see through the fog. By the way, cheap talk and cheap whiskey, I’m told, are a staple in many circles.

George W

December 9th, 2010
1:03 pm

JW…..Jehovahs Witness?

Dave

December 9th, 2010
1:05 pm

“House Democrats voted Thursday to reject President Barack Obama’s tax deal with Republicans in its current form, but it was unclear how significantly the package might need to be changed.”

Who’s the “party of no” now??

carlosgvv

December 9th, 2010
1:08 pm

cosby

When you daydream out loud like that be thankful we don’t have any thought police. Ideas like that aren’t popular with our good, honest decent lawmakers.

Avenger

December 9th, 2010
1:10 pm

Cynthia. Why would one be surprise. Once upon a time the clowns that were suppose to be representing the country thought nothing of violating the very rules (constitution) that they were to abide by. These clowns would salivate talking about “the constitution” while actually wiping their butts with it. It is also not surprising to see their descendants (lot of your bloggers) double talk about “will parents become citizens along with their kids who go college”, what is good moral character, breaking laws equal unpatriotic, and such gibberish.

Georgian

December 9th, 2010
1:10 pm

Ha 52 House Democrats think they are Almightys and can block the GOP backed Tax plan. Aint gonna happen, it gets passed. BET ON IT.

Kamchak

December 9th, 2010
1:16 pm

…all that is needed here is the ability to add 2 and 2…

You were the one that mentioned 1 in 3.

That’s not addition.

Is there a mathematician in the house?

ButtHead

December 9th, 2010
1:18 pm

What part of ILLIGAL do liberals not understand?
Granny, quoting the CBO is like saying Charles Manson never did drugs.

Avenger

December 9th, 2010
1:21 pm

Scout. “That’s about the biggest oxymoron I’ve seen in awhile (other than patriotic liberal).
How can one be patriotic and the first thing they do is break our laws” You have to be careful when you double talk. By your standards, there are a lot of so called Americans that are not patriotic. Not long ago, the American government itself was breaking the very laws (constitution) that were suppoe to be the bed rock of this nation. The pathetic part is that the majority of the American people supported this law breaking. You are on thin ice beating your chest bragging about patriotism and law breaking

Nojose

December 9th, 2010
1:22 pm

The CBO report is availible online, it says there is an initial cost savings but starting in 2020 it starts bleeding red ink and it starts costing us all billions. I guess most news outlets dont like to look at the long term parts of the CBO reports. Just parrot the good parts and ignore the facts.

GT/MIT

December 9th, 2010
1:24 pm

I’m old, I’, entitled to certain exaggerations.

Nojose

December 9th, 2010
1:28 pm

I have a dream, Deport-Remove-Expell-unAuthorized-Migrants, I’m a citizen, are my dreams not as important to the Democrats?

Georgian

December 9th, 2010
1:33 pm

DEMOCRAT: Stands for:

Dumb
Egotistical
Messy
Out of Touch
Cronies
Repulsive
Appaling
Total Wastes of Oxygen

George W

December 9th, 2010
1:35 pm

Georgian

I would replace Dumb with Demons.