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Saturday, December 11, 2010

The American Legion to Senate:

'Dream Act Rewards Crime'

INDIANAPOLIS (December 9, 2010) --The National Commander of The American Legion called on the U.S. Senate to stop the so-called DREAM Act after the bill passed in the House of Representatives, 216-198, yesterday.

"Some people mistakenly believe that the DREAM Act would encourage military service and the pursuit of college education," National Commander Jimmie L. Foster said. "Instead, it rewards illegal behavior. It says to those who are trying to legally enter our country, disregard the law and you will ultimately be rewarded. It might be called the DREAM Act, but it's really an amnesty nightmare."

A resolution passed by The American Legion's National Executive Committee, or board of directors, states, in part, "That The American Legion opposes legislation that would result in the granting of amnesty and legal residency, in any form or by any name, to illegal immigrants currently in the United States."

The nation's largest veterans service organization also opposes granting financial aid or "in-state tuition rates," to those who are here illegally. "The United States has dwindling financial resources, as those in the veterans and military communities are frequently reminded," Foster said. "Why would we want to spend those limited resources on educating people who have no legal right to be in this country? The American Legion has a comprehensive immigration strategy that can be found on our website, www.legion.org. That strategy begins with securing our borders."

Foster encourages members of The American Legion family and other like-minded citizens to call their U.S. senators and urge them to vote "No," on the DREAM Act. The numbers to the Capitol Switchboard are 800-828-0498 or 877-762-8762.

With a current membership of 2.4-million wartime veterans, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 14,000 posts across the nation.

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Media contacts: Washington: Marty Callaghan, 202-263-5758/202-215-8644; Indianapolis: Joe March or John Raughter (317) 630-1253, cell (317) 748-1926 /(317) 441-8847. A high resolution photo of National Commander Foster is available at www.legion.org.


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The DREAM act doesnt reward those who entered the country illegally by their own will. The bill states that you are only eligible for it if you were brought into the states before the age of 16, have graduated from an American high school, and have good moral standing (have no criminal record). If the aplicant meets those reqirements then he/she recieves a conditional non-immigrant status for ten years, in which time he/she must complete at least a two years community college program or serve two years in the military. After the 10 years and two years of military or college are completed then he/she is eligible for a perminent residency and after 3 more years he/she can apply for citizenship. Most of the people who are even elegible for have been brought by their parents when they were very young, have grown in the states and have no recollection of their "native" countries. To them the US has been their home most of them dont even know that they dont have legal status until they reach high school. The congressional Budget Office has also showed that this bill wont cost the US any money, it would in fact decrease the deficit by 1.4 billion dollars within 10 years alone. All this bill wants is to give these kids a chance to be able to serve the country they call home.

-- Posted by Ctahoe08 on Sun, Dec 12, 2010, at 11:43 AM

The Catch 22 trap and the Dream Act

The most obvious question to ask, if the Dream Act passes in the Senate next week, are the parents still liable for excludability from the United States? If the parents are illegal by definition, can these people be deported? Let's face it the students might get special relief under The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, but that doesn't mean the parents are free and clear? Those who enter without inspection have committed a federal crime Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, and ICE are charged to knock on the door with an arrest warrant, once they know the abode of the student's family? These scholars are the perfect GPS to zero-in on all the rest of the family under one roof. How is greasy Senator Harry Reid of Nevada and his hard Core liberal progressives going to slip this "Catch 22" around the Immigration and Customs Service? Yet the Lib-Democrats are insisting this in not any kind of Amnesty?

If the Senate has some sleazy amendment that states the parents cannot be deported, then this is simply another--AMNESTY--that is being slipped past the American people. Learn the facts, not lies, propaganda spread by the Left Wing Press at NumbersUSA. The Pew Hispanic Center, has estimated a total of 2.15 million persons who might qualify for the DREAM Act. Then simply estimate that if both parents entered America illegally, a projection can assume 5 million blood relation illegal aliens are in the student's home, who can be charged with unlawful entry and taken into custody?

In addition--any Student--come to that, any illegal alien can join the military in time of conflict. One does not need the Dream Act to be recruited into the armed forces, using 8 USC 1440, these illegal aliens can become naturalized citizens through expedited processing, often obtaining U.S. citizenship within half a year?

-- Posted by Brittanicus on Sun, Dec 12, 2010, at 2:00 PM

American citizens need to make it the first thing on their to do list to call their Senators. Call the Senators on Numbers USA and ALIPACS list. We will lose our Nation if the Dream Act is passed. That's why the illegals are fighting so hard for it. It's not the benign act of fairness 'for the children' Read the details on the websites of the organizations mentioned above. Demand that the Republicans not sell out the American middle class and poor as they horse trade for the tax package they want for the rich. Demand NO on cloture in the Dream Act fight. We have a magnificent history and our Nation needs to stand by it's citizens and their children. Don't hand over our wonderful country and our futures on some lame guilt trip whipped up by people who want what we have worked so hard for. CALL the SENATORS first thing Monday morning. Keep at it to make your point.

-- Posted by Kzzz on Sun, Dec 12, 2010, at 3:13 PM

American citizens need to make it the first thing on their to do list to call their Senators. Call the Senators on Numbers USA and ALIPACS list. We will lose our Nation if the Dream Act is passed. That's why the illegals are fighting so hard for it. It's not the benign act of fairness 'for the children' Read the details on the websites of the organizations mentioned above. Demand that the Republicans not sell out the American middle class and poor as they horse trade for the tax package they want for the rich. Demand NO on cloture in the Dream Act fight. We have a magnificent history and our Nation needs to stand by it's citizens and their children. Don't hand over our wonderful country and our futures on some lame guilt trip whipped up by people who want what we have worked so hard for. CALL the SENATORS first thing Monday morning. Keep at it to make your point.

-- Posted by Kzzz on Sun, Dec 12, 2010, at 3:14 PM


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