First, a bit of background:
The Senate is expected to vote today on a bill that could legalize thousands of students in Dallas and across Texas brought to the U.S. as children by parents in this country illegally.
Known as the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, the bill would grant legal status to illegal immigrants who have graduated from a U.S. high school and attended at least two years of college or agreed to serve in the military.
And now the mind at work:
In Washington, D.C., Roy Beck, executive director of Numbers USA, a group that wants constraints on both legal and illegal immigration, calls these students part of an “outlaw society.”
Mr. Beck, whose group pressured Congress to spike the immigration measure, is particularly upset that students in the U.S. illegally are lobbying at the Capitol.
“The only reason they are talking to people is because they have broken the law, federal law, and yet they can waltz into Washington and our Capitol and talk to senators,” he said. “It is no wonder that people around the world don’t respect our immigration laws and think we are not serious about them.”
“They have broken the law!!!!!”
According to this xenophobe, they are outlaws, lawbreakers, because — they exist! They are their parent’s children and the only way they would not be outlaws is if, say, they had run away from home and fled to Mexico as children.
It takes a special kind of mind to glibly brand children as outlaws by virtue of their parents. America has usually relegated that kind of mind to the lunatic fringe. My uncle nearly got killed in Normandy fighting against that kind of mind. Today, sadly, that kind of mind has demonstrated the ability to get Congress to spike legislation.
UPDATE: Dream Act
passed failed in the Senate 52-44.
Quotes to remember:
“I do not believe we should reward illegal behavior.”
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky
“This would be to signal that once again we’re focused on rewarding illegality rather than taking the steps necessary to create a lawful system.”
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama