The "DREAM Act": Hatch-ing Expensive New Amnesty for Illegal Aliens
(October 23, 2003 — Washington, D.C.) - Senator Orrin Hatch’s DREAM Act is a massive illegal alien amnesty program disguised as an educational initiative, charges the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). The Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2003 (S. 1545), known as the DREAM Act, is set for mark-up in the Senate on Thursday. It will place American citizens in direct competition with illegal aliens for scarce slots in freshmen classes at state colleges and universities while awarding the illegal alien students with an amnesty.
The bill will grant residency to an unlimited number of illegal aliens who have completed high school in the U.S. and will require states to make illegal aliens eligible for subsidized in-state tuition. “This bill is a crass political calculation aimed at selling an amnesty disguised as an educational initiative,” charged Dan Stein, FAIR’s Executive Director. Stein noted that Democrats have already publicly stated that the DREAM act is just the beginning of a larger amnesty bidding war, and the bill will be used as a vehicle to extend amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.
Stein noted that since the number of slots at universities is fixed and tuition dollars are short, that for every illegal alien admitted an American student, or legal resident was being turned away. “This massive give-away of higher education to illegal aliens comes at a time when every state university system is raising tuition and cutting education benefits,” Stein continued.
This week, the state of Maryland announced that tuition in its university system could go up as much as 40 percent, putting a college education out of the reach of many middle class families. ”Orrin Hatch now wants to force the children of U.S. citizens to compete for admission and shrinking tuition assistance programs with people who are in the country illegally. He and his colleagues are literally taking opportunities and tuition assistance away from the children of citizens and giving them to illegal aliens,” Stein charged.
The DREAM Act will also repeal the requirement that state benefits made available to illegal aliens also be offered to citizens who reside in other states. “Supporters of this bill are unabashedly placing the interests of illegal aliens above American families who have paid taxes and played by the rules,” charged Stein. That provision would also mean that any foreign student contemplating pursuing a high education in the United States would be far better off breaking our laws by coming here illegally than waiting until they reach college and applying to come as a foreign student.
Although the DREAM Act is touted as a bill to provide educational opportunities for a small number of highly motivated students, a “cancellation of removal” provision would grant legal status to an unlimited number of illegal aliens who entered the U.S. as minors, even if they are not pursuing a higher education, or have even completed high school.
“At a time when most middle class families in this country are concerned about whether they are going to be able to provide a college education for their own kids, Senator Hatch comes along with a bill that will require them to subsidize a college education for an untold number of illegal aliens,” stated Dan Stein, executive director of FAIR.