Surprise: Harry Reid to add DREAM Act amendment to defense appropriations bill

posted at 5:24 pm on September 14, 2010 by Allahpundit

I don’t get it. Why would a guy locked in a brutal election battle, who famously promised the Latino voters he desperately needs to win that he’d pass comprehensive immigration reform, suddenly add an immigration provision to a defense — ohhhhhh.

This work period, the Senate will consider the Defense Authorization bill. Along with critical support for our national security forces around the world, this legislation will address two other important issues that are long overdue.

Passage of this bill would overturn the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ rule for our armed forces. We will finally send a loud and clear message that everyone who steps up to serve our country should and will be welcomed regardless of sexual orientation.

We are also offering an amendment to pass the DREAM Act. This amendment will ensure that millions of children who grow up as Americans will be able to get the education they need to contribute to our economy. Students who come to America before age 16 and who have been here for five years should be able get their green card after they go to college or serve in the military. And many who have volunteered to defend our country can finally become citizens of it.

Normally I’d call this self-serving nuttiness since it helps Reid but forces vulnerable Dems to choke on another difficult immigration vote, but the DREAM Act is the most politically palatable ground-preparer for amnesty that the left has. It’s specifically geared at kids and education, so indies won’t grumble too much. In fact, at her debate with Boxer a few weeks ago, Carly Fiorina said she supports it. Frankly, this may be a tougher vote for the GOP in trying to get it stripped out or, possibly, having to vote against the appropriations bill in toto to stop it.

Here’s anti-amnesty Democrat Mickey Kaus making the thumbnail case against the DREAM Act a few years ago. You know what would be great? If the Republicans controlled the Senate so that we didn’t have to face tough votes like this. Oh well.


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Students who come to America before age 16 and who have been here for five years should be able get their green card after they go to college [with in-state tuition] or serve in the military.

Tzetzes on September 14, 2010 at 8:27 PM

Either Castle or O’Donnell will be seated tomorrow or Wednesday.

All the geniuses herein said that we need Castle in the senate. Hmmm… wonder how he’d vote on this one….

Akzed on September 14, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Scabby lipped panderer.

vinceautmorire on September 14, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Now, Allah, explain how a Senate controlled by RINOs like McLame, Grahamnesty, and Castle would avoid something like this passing. Even you can’t be that delusional.

SDN on September 14, 2010 at 8:47 PM

Because 51 Senators control the Senate.

The 30 conservative Senators then control the Republican caucus.

Thus ensuring that bill combinations like this don’t come up.

It’s not a choice between 60 RINOS or 30 true conservatives.

It’s a choice between 30 true conservatives, or 30 true conservatives plus 20 soft conservatives plus 10 RINOS.

Sackett on September 14, 2010 at 9:25 PM

He is a WEASEL!!

Bullhead on September 14, 2010 at 10:38 PM

Giving away what isn’t yours – the sovereignty of the United States.

Just a thought, have all the male illegals registered for the draft?

They’re still required to.

Uh-oh.

Wander on September 14, 2010 at 11:18 PM

Here’s anti-amnesty Democrat Mickey Kaus making the thumbnail case against the DREAM Act a few years ago. You know what would be great? If the Republicans controlled the Senate so that we didn’t have to face tough votes like this. Oh well.

You want some cheese with that whine? You don’t even rate beta. You’re so omega.

DFCtomm on September 15, 2010 at 3:07 AM

Harry’s internal polls must look pretty bad for him to be throwing a “Hail Mary” like this. Republicans should pull together to make sure this blows up in his face.

olesparkie on September 15, 2010 at 1:06 PM

This move would be very easy to counter if the Republicans had any principles…or b@lls. Simply release the following statement:


“This is a disgusting ploy by Democrats to help their election prospects in November – a ploy that is being played out at the expense of our military and national defense. And we will now prove that it’s a ploy. The bill implicitly limits the granting of citizenship to students who come to America before age 16 and who have been here for five years; however, it does NOT grant citizenship to the parents who are here illegally. This clearly demonstrates that Democrats are finally ready to support legislation that reflects the opinions of the vast majority of the American people – namely, that such protections should not be granted to adults who knowingly enter the country illegally. We would like to propose an additional amendment to the bill which states that any person over the age of 16 who illegally entered the country and is caught by law enforcement will be remanded to a detention center for immediate deportation to their country of origin, with said deportation taking place within 30 days of the individual’s detention.”

What counter-argument are would they be able to raise? “Something this important shouldn’t be an amendment to another bill!” Gotcha. “This is racism!” How? Your amendment only grants amnesty to those under the age 16 and who have been here for five years. It’s perfectly logical to infer from that that you don’t feel that other illegal immigrants should be granted the same amnesty. We agree with you.

Regardless of the answer they give, they’re trapped in their own web. Just state that they won’t get a single Republican vote without accepting the proposed amendment and watch Reid’s head explode as he’s faced with a lose-lose dilemna: either bring it to a vote, only to see a bunch of blue dog Dems vote against it because they’ll be terrified of the voters in their districts…or scrap it, whereby he implicitly admits that he can’t even get all of the Dems to vote for it.

rvastar on September 15, 2010 at 3:20 PM

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