Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Generous to a fault, that Dick is!

Durbin is at it again. Not satisfied with calling out troops "worse than Pol Pot," he's now saying that the rest of Americans come last, after everybody else, when receiving benefits from American tax dollars. At least, that's the upshot of his recent efforts to repeal the 1996 immigration reform act -- or the part, anyway, which covers in-state scholarships. From Michelle Malkin:
[T]he Dream Act would repeal a clearly worded provision in the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) that states:

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an alien who is not lawfully present in the United States shall not be eligible on the basis of residence within a State (or a political subdivision) for any postsecondary education benefit unless a citizen or national of the United States is eligible for such a benefit (in no less an amount, duration, and scope) without regard to whether the citizen or national is such a resident.

Ten states defied that federal law and offered in-state tuition to illegal aliens: California, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Washington. The last time the DREAM Act champions tried to tack their scheme onto a larger immigration proposal, they snuck in language that would absolve those ten states of their law-breaking by repealing the 1996 law retroactively–and also offered a special path to green cards and citizenship for illegal alien students.

I have nothing against immigrants. In fact, I very much like them. I like furriners, too. A lot. I'm a sucker for a cool accent. But that Dick Durbin absolutely may not hand over this country to the guys with said accents.

I don't know what the man thinks he will gain from this... illegals can't vote for him. And the people who come here by honest means won't stand for his handing over more privileges to the cheaters.

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