Would Durbin’s DREAM Act also Amend the Constitution?

As Julie Kirchner reported, admission to this week’s Senate hearing was reserved for illegal aliens while all others were turned away. In case there were any doubts, here is visual proof. When DREAM Act sponsor, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asks if there are any potential DREAM Act beneficiaries present – “dreamers” in his parlance – nearly everyone in the Senate hearing room stood up.

But, watch further. In his remarks, Sen. Durbin goes on to speak in almost poetic terms about how he is looking at America’s future right there in the room. He sees future doctors, lawyers, soldiers, members of Congress and, perhaps even future presidents of the United States. Presidents of the United States? In addition to granting amnesty to illegal aliens, would the DREAM Act amend the Constitution too? Or, perhaps, since other laws don’t seem to apply to illegal aliens, maybe Durbin believes that the constitutional requirement that presidents be natural born U.S. citizens should not apply either.

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.

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