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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I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

December 10th, 2010
6:05 am

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is considering a call early next year for an overhaul of the income tax code to lower rates and raise revenues in what would be his first major effort to begin addressing the long-term growth of the national debt, advisers said Thursday. -Urinal

I had to rub my eyes.

Democrats dig in against tax deal -Urinal

Oh, I get it, obozo can be the second coming of Ronald Reagan in double speak only, a real life babbling Laffer Curve, he can trickle down all over himself and the liberals will always be there to rescue him from his attacks of common sense.

Kinda like the little child always getting in trouble because he knows it’s mommy will save him.

TnGelding

December 10th, 2010
8:09 am

We have to go to a consumption tax to tap into the underground and downright criminal economic activity in this country. No more tinkering with the current maze. It’s simply too complicated and costly to compy with.

TnGelding

December 10th, 2010
8:13 am

Why do you Christians have to continue to flog Jimmy? Especially after the disasters that followed him you supported.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award", much like Cynthia Tucker's Pulitzer and Obama's Nobel.

December 10th, 2010
8:49 am

TnGelding
December 10th, 2010
8:13 am

I don’t think the floggings are limited to Christians. Carter was a flop, period.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award", much like Cynthia Tucker's Pulitzer and Obama's Nobel.

December 10th, 2010
8:50 am

TnGelding
December 10th, 2010
8:09 am

You mean like a national sales tax in lieu of income tax? If so, I’m interested.

Paddy O

December 10th, 2010
8:58 am

leg – what % would this sales tax be? A minimum of 23%, most likely 30% – and applied to all services also, – medical, surveying, legal. NOT a good idea.

HDB

December 10th, 2010
9:01 am

Nothing Is Free
December 9th, 2010
6:19 pm

Interesting points….but here’s what you fail to note:

1) Republicans HAVE changed since 1950. Prior to the Civil Rights Act, black people voted primarily for the GOP…but when the Southern Democrats crossed over into the GOP, they took a racist paradigm with them. Note how many black elected officials have been elected as Republicans in the modern era? (Answer: 5)

2) You’ve stated that Democrats have pandered to black people; Republicans have IGNORED them!! Note how Republicans are CUTTING education spending…the primary pathway for black progress! Note how Republicans do not come to tbhe inner cities to ask for black votes; note how Republicans are not addressing black issues!!!

3) You state that Affirmative Action marginalizes black people…but the examples you place forth are those who used Affirmative Action to PROGRESS (Clarence Thomas and Colin Powell, for examples).

4) People keep stating that MLK was a Republican, but fail to note that he was transitioning to change parties when JFK/RFK had him released from the Birmingham jail!!

Shall I continue……??

GT/MIT December 9th, 2010
7:26 pm

Thank you for thinking I’m younger (I’m in my late 50s…but feel younger!)!!

gator24

December 10th, 2010
9:07 am

Why should the Republicans do anything other than what they done over the last two years which is to obstruct or say no. They won the election of 2010 and probably will win the 2012 elections also. The whining Democrats failed to show up at the poles, so this is what you get when you let the Bully think he or she has succeeded

Mala Cori

December 10th, 2010
9:33 am

The dream act doesn’t make sense. Why would we reward people involved in illegal activity? My parents waited 10 years for the appropriate immigration paperwork to clear before coming to the US. I’d be ashamed of them if they did it any other way. I’m sorry that the childen of illegal parents chose this path for them, but if I had a children, I would never subject or put them in a position where they have no status no matter what country I was in. My parents waited until their late 30’s to have children in the US (after coming here legally) to ensure we had a good life. Why is the government focused on rewarding criminal illegal activity, but wants to punish ‘high achievers’ (i.e. the bad and dirty rich)…?

Not Chicken Little

December 10th, 2010
10:41 am

The headline instead should read, “Dims abandon rule of law and welcome illegals to pander for votes”…

Cynthia Tucker is one of those liberals on whom you can count – whatever she says, just do the opposite and you know you’ll be right!

avon

December 10th, 2010
11:07 am

ct & al sharpton–2 genes of the same coin!

Tina Simms

December 10th, 2010
11:19 am

What part of giving smart young people a hand up do some of you not understand?

Mr Herb

December 10th, 2010
11:26 am

CT, will you ever learn? Mindless comments such as “(The GOP) only wants to satisfy its rich backers (witness its fealty to keeping tax cuts for the rich)” are so counterproductive and only serve to demostrate your complete ignorance of economics, or your flagrant meaness and willingness to lie in order to attack your ideological opponents.

The facts are that the GOP, and rightly so, are steadfastly against RAISING taxes on the “rich” for we know that 2/3 of those rich are small business owners and we know that 3/4 of all the new jobs created in the USA are in small businesses. So the comination of these FACTS lead the meanest of intellect to the inevitable conclusion that raising taxes on the “rich” drives down the economy, causes a loss of jobs, AND CAUSES THE GREATEST HARDSHIPS TO FALL UPON THE WORKING POOR. What you advocate, my dear CT, does not particularly harm the “rich”, as they only tighten their belt. But what you advocate is an absolute killer for the little guy–the poor working stiff on the lower end of the income pole.

So, the facts are, CT, that the GOP is working on behalf of the working poor, and you are calling for a direct assault on that same group. The hypocrisy of your position is breathtaking.

A Freborg

December 10th, 2010
11:28 am

I’ve got an idea Cyndi,

Why not just give Harvard degrees to students who sit in on classes and don’t pay tuition or take the exams … obviously such students show ambition and character, and the enrolled students shouldn’t be so selfish and exclusive

WallyG

December 10th, 2010
11:36 am

Are the democrats so desperate for votes they need to open the flood gates of every 3rd worlder with no skills, no future and no value to come here and VOTE DEM on day one. Democrats are on a decades long goal to turn America into Haiti!