Who DREAMed Up Putting Amnesty in the Defense Bill?

DREAM Act-FAIRWho wants to add a DREAM Act to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)?  If you thought this is a harmless effort coming from a House Republican, think again.

Yes, Representative Jeff Denham (R-California) may be the current face of the effort to tack amnesty onto the NDAA, but he was not the first pushing for it. Past sponsors of a DREAM Act amendment to the NDAA were actually Senate Democrats, one of whom was then the junior Senator from Illinois: Barack Obama.

When stand-alone DREAM Act measures failed, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) sought to add it to must-pass legislation in the summer 2007.  Along with co-sponsor Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.), Durbin proposed a DREAM Act amendment (S.AMDT.2237) to the defense authorization bill for fiscal year 2008 (H.R. 1585).  The Washington Times Editorial Board panned the Durbin-Obama DREAM effort as “No DREAM at all.” Congress woke up, saw what a bad idea it was, and killed it. The nightmare was over… or was it?

In 2010, the NDAA amnesty effort awoke again. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) planned to introduce a DREAM Act amendment to the National Defense Authorization Bill for fiscal year 2011 (S.3454).  Despite Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s request that there would be no DREAM Act amendments, Reid refused. FAIR’s President Dan Stein criticized the DREAM Act for being poor policy, because it would only encourage more illegal immigration. Furthermore, Stein wrote to decry the inappropriate way that Reid was “[u]sing a bill that authorizes funding for our military — at a time when our troops are fighting in the Middle East — as a vehicle to reward illegal aliens.” Thankfully, on September 21, 2010, the Republicans filibustered and successfully killed the DREAM Act amendment… or so they thought…

That brings us to 2014. Representative Denham wanted to insert the DREAM Act language from his ENLIST Act into the NDAA. However, when House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R-California) refused to allow it to be drafted into the initial language of the bill, Denham now is hoping to get a DREAM Act amendment to the NDAA introduced just like Democrats Obama, Durbin and Reid.

It’s no wonder amnesty has been compared to Freddy Krueger. Just when you thought the Nightmare was over, what was supposedly dead last time is back haunting you. Just remember: the 2014 sequel to the 2007 and 2010 amnesty fights may have some new characters, but don’t forget who was behind the original.

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  1. avatar
    Barbara Griffith on

    I have come to the conclusion that what we are dealing with in Washington is on the level of a crime syndicate. These politicians don’t care what any of us think. Once they managed to lie well enough to get elected, just like the traitor in the oval office has done, twice in fact. I’m not placing any bets on the country surviving the heavy load of legal immigration that should have been stopped decades ago. This government seems like they are so addicted to immigration that they would have withdrawal symptoms if it stopped. Can you imagine the billions of dollars that could be saved if all immigration along with the refugee programs was stopped? We might actually have the cash to fix our roads and a million other repairs that our country needs.

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      Here’s the plan and is NO accident:

      1. Pass NAFTA, the WTO and Trade Agreements to ship 5 million mid-level manufacturing jobs overseas.
      2. Flood the local labor market with exploitable cheap foreign labor with no rights.
      3 Provide IRS “Investment Tax Credits” to business to switch to robots rather hire citizens or pay taxes.
      4 Provide loop-holes to allow multi-national corporations to hide $2 Trillion in profits off-shore tax-free.

      NO accident.

  2. avatar
    Ruth McKinney on

    I cannot fathom why the Republican Party is folding their tents and running for cover. Dems and Republicans are all traitors to the citizens of this country. We were raised by the Rule of Law, and believe in it. It has NOTHING to do with racism. It has everything to do with following immigration rules and regs.

    God help us – we will soon be the victims of our crooked politicians.

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    Merrill Colby on

    As the Hispanic population becomes dominant in a state or county, they will become the governors and mayors. Our brain dead politicians don’t seem to realize that they are, in effect, voting themselves out of office by demanding amnesty and increased legal immigration.

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    The Huffington Post is all lies all the time. I really despise that rag.

    We are governed by liars and fools. They seem to want to give our country away to the invaders.

    Globalist money is behind it, and one by one they buy off men who were once decent and turn them into traitors.

    To be honest I think that we are headed for a bloodbath and i don’t mean this as a metaphor, I mean civil war.
    You can’t steal a country away from the people who built it and expect those same people to remain passive in the wake of population displacement.

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      do believe you are right Robin Thomas about “we are heading for a bloodbath!!”, and about the MONEY! So many of our politicians now-a-days are so easily bought off by the big businesses that want to get richer, and doesn’t care how much it hurts Americans or our country. So what if Americans are losing jobs and can’t support our families. As long as they get their cheaper foreign labor and a lot MORE money in their pockets. We must get rid of these self
      serving politicians from both parties and replace them with ones that care about us and our country. More than likely it will take a war (bloodbath) between we Americans and our very un-American politicians. Too bad we
      can’t deport them and all the illegals and other foreigners they are so willing to back!!

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    Amnesty is already in the bill. I don’t understand why you’re all in a tizzy. I guess these forms of amnesty are ok in your book? And just think, the tea party fools have been voting for them for the last three years.
    Law: Information about the Law:
    Section 1244 of the National Defense Authoriation Act for Fiscal Year 2008, as amended by section 1218 of Public Law 113-66 This law extends the Iraqi SIV Program on January 1, 2014. During this period of extension, the issuance of 2,500 visas to principal applicants is authorized. It also establishes that the one-year employment period must have commenced on or after March 20, 2003 and been completed on or before September 30, 2013 and that applicants must apply for Chief of Mission approval no later than September 30, 2014. This law also included provisions for: consideration of a credible sworn statement depicting dangerous country conditions, together with official evidence of such country conditions from the U.S government, as a factor in a determination of whether an applicant has experienced or is experiencing an ongoing serious threat as a consequence of employment by the U.S. government; not more than one written appeal of a COM denial, within 120 days of receiving the denial letter; and representation during the application process, including at relevant interviews and examinations, by an attorney or other accredited representative.
    Section 1244 of the Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, as amended by section 1 of Public Law 113-42 (H.R. 3233) This law extended the Iraqi SIV Program until December 31, 2013. During this period of extension, there was authorization for the issuance of visas in the amount of the total number of applications for SIV status by principal applicants pending as of September 30, 2013 and for up to 2,000 additional visas for person who apply for status as principal applicants subsequent to that date. It also established that the one-year employment period must have commenced on or after March 20, 2003 and been completed on or before September 30, 2013.
    Section 1244(g) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, as ameded by Section 1 of Public Law 110-242 This law allowed up to 5,000 Iraqi employees or contractors who have provided faithful and valuable service to the U.S. government, while employed by or on behalf of the U.S. government in Iraq, for a period of one year or more after March 20, 2003, and who have experienced or are experiencing an ongoing serious threat as a consequence of that employment, to receive special immigrant visas (SIVs) annually through fiscal year (FY) 2013.
    Section 1244(g) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (Public Law 110-181) This law established the Iraqi SIV program, and made holders of such visas eligible for the same resettlement assistance, entitlement programs, and other benefits as refugees admitted to the United States under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. Iraqi SIV holders can receive these benefits for up to eight (8) months from their date of admission to the United States.

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    Roger Wilkinson on

    I sent this to my US Rep, Speaker and Senators, you should too.

    Honorable Speaker John Boehner,

    Is the Republican Party INSANE? Talking about legalizing illegal aliens. There are not the 11 million as the Propaganda Ministry Claims. There are 41.6 Million as the CIA and FBI believe there are.

    80% of those Illegals will vote for the Democrats. What Idiot would want to add 20 million votes for Democrats and 2 million votes for Republicans. Are you guys Stupid? Or are you just Morons. Or are you all Traitors to the PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES.

    Do not do anything to Legalize or provide “ANY KIND OF AMNESTY” or any class or group of ILLEGAL ALIENS to be legal for any time or reason. If you Republicans do that, I will NEVER VOTE REPUBLICAN AGAIN. The only rational thing that I can conclude, if you do that is, You are All Traitors to the USA and the Rule of Law.

    The People of the United States have waited 27 years for the Government to deport Illegal Aliens, that is the amount of time since the Federal Government promised to stop Illegals in 1986. And at the same time Legalized 3 million Illegal aliens.

    The Lawful and Right thing to do with ILLEGAL ALIENS IT TO DEPORT THEM AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

    Then we should wait 27 years to see if the Border is Secure; before legalizing any more of them.

    If the Republican Party, which will likely control both Houses of Congress in 2015, do anything to make any legality of ILLEGAL ALIENS lawful; The Republicans will NEVER win another election, EVER.

    If any form of Legalization for ILLEGAL ALIENS occurs, I will never vote for anyone in the Republican Party in National elections in Texas again except for Ted Cruz, Louie Gohmert and Steve Stockman.

    You could change my mind if you acted like a Conservative Republicans and voted for Conservative Principles.

    If you do Legalize Illegal Aliens, the only conclusion I can come to is: You are ALL TRAITORS to the USA.

    And everyone in the Federal government are Traitors.


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      this is sad and proves that the only way to do this is like a Jedi mind trick..or magic..as they have NO Integrity,Ethics so should we be totally surprised by this rear maneuver ??

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        It has in the past and it was Ronald Reagan who did it. Seems like the WORKING Income Tax Payer American Citizens will always be the ones who support the world. We will always be on the losing end of amnesty for illegal aliens and allowing aliens from ENEMY countries infiltrating our Sovereignty! This is one issue that politicians always do what THEY want–NOT what THE PEOPLE WANT!! These dumbass politicians are determined to flip THE US PEOPLE OFF!! Lets all just quit working and become the other 56% and like the 54% already on public assistance. THEN we can ALL rest better!

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      Nancy Cuddeback on

      What these idiot traitors should have done long ago was pass E-Verify. And prosecute employers!! If you cut off the source of employment, they will self-deport. And they will take their children with them. Now, it’s tax time again and millions of them are scamming the tax system with bogus tax returns and stealing billions in refunds they should not be getting. WHEN WILL THE INSANITY AND CORRUPTION END?

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    Shameless… Mother F’ers. Anyone who authorizes the NDAA (bare bones or not)… from here to eternity, should NEVER even be allowed to DREAM of being re-elected.

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      Let us all become freeloaders on Government aid and see what happens. They really have NO clue what would happen when there is NO MONEY! They are so delusional to think this will go on forever! I will fight for Liberty and a future for this country, however I am past the age to worry about all these greedy power mongers! ALL THE POLITICIANS et al, ARE SIMPLY IGNORING THE LEGAL AMERICAN PEOPLE! Politicians simply do just what they want with our land, our lives, our money, our children and OUR LBERTY, OUR CONSTITUTION! WE ARE NO LONGER! This country is no longer sovereign–WE THE INCOME TAX PAYING, HARD WORKING PEOPLE are NOW the worker ants for the World! The politicians want THOSE votes and they are kissing each other’s butts while steamrolling over us! To hell they preach!

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    Our Defense Budget Has Morphed

    To outsourcing all the parts/logistics to foreign countries and this “90% of the Life Cycle Costs of a Program” be the American taxpayer burden [gift to employ foreigners overseas]…..similar ludicrous conundrum of IA panderring in the DOD budget….

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      you must be an idiot at this point if you really believe the illegals made the corporations to outsource these jobs SWE

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    The president’s supporters are still pushing the record deportation nonsense. Here’s a quote from a posted comment at Huffington Post: “The president has proved he can be trusted with internal enforcement”. And the truth is he has proved the exact opposite. You can see 50 articles at HuffPo all repeating the same lie. The fact is that interior enforcement is down, by over 40%, and headed lower. They’re cooking the books with border turnaround figures.

    There is one reason and one only why this lie persists when it has been consistently debunked. The media repeats it because it makes him look tough on enforcement and his supporters run with it. The president said this on Sept 28, 2011: “That is counted as a deportation, even though they may have only been held for a day or 48 hours, sent back, that’s counted as a deportation.” This was in the same interview that he called the record numbers “a little deceptive”. The figures are there, the statements are there, the media refuses to acknowledge them.

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      Ditto! They all have screwed the legal American People! There is NO difference in any of these evil doers! From everything I have seen for the last 4 years, this country is hopeless!

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        Ann speak for yourself……………………if you give up then leave the US,,,,I do not think you ever contributed to anything to make this country great for sure!