FAIR Responds to the Newly Reintroduced Dream Act
Amnesty for illegal aliens is not immigration reform.
—Dan Stein, President of FAIR
(July 21, 2017 — Washington, D.C.) - The following statement was issued by Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in response to the introduction of the Dream Act.
“Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin have still not grasped the idea that the starting point for any immigration reform legislation must be in addressing decades of failed policies that have undermined the interests of the American people. The Dream Act of 2017, introduced by Graham and Durbin, once again attempts to serve the interests and address the demands of the people who break our immigration laws ahead of the longstanding concerns of the American people.
“The voters sent a very clear message that they want true immigration reform. These reforms include a revamping of legal immigration policies that create endless chains of family migration, enforcement of laws that prevent illegal aliens from claiming American jobs, enhanced border security, and a demonstrable effort on the part of the government to enforce our nation’s immigration laws.
“Amnesty for illegal aliens is not immigration reform. It is simply repeating the mistakes of the past. The American people have repeatedly rejected sweeping amnesties for illegal aliens, and targeted ones such as the Dream Act, because amnesty is unwarranted and fails to recognize the American public as the primary stakeholder in U.S. immigration policy.
This latest amnesty attempt by Senators Graham and Durbin will similarly be rejected by the American people.”