The DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) was first introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) in August 2001. The original bill would apply only to illegals who entered the US when they were minors and have lived here for a minimum of 5 years and have graduated from high school. If these young illegals completed 2 years of college (or college equivalent program) or 2 years of active military service, they would be granted temporary residency in the US for a period of 6 years. If they fulfilled all of the requirements and have remained free of any criminal activity, they could then be eligible to apply for permanent residency.
The DREAM Act of 2001 was never approved, but not forgotten. Versions of it have been introduced in 2007, 2009 and 2011, but again, the measured was never passed. In May of 2012, President Barack Obama announced that he was issuing an executive order to stop the deportation of young illegals who basically met the requirements spelled out in the DREAM Act. He called his program the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. Technically, he bypassed Congress to establish a new law which in reality is a violation of the Constitution, but no one seems to care to do anything about it.
Under Obama’s provision, these under 30 illegals would be granted permits to work in the U.S. which also entitled them to a number of state and federal benefits. One of those benefits included obtaining a valid state driver’s license. This provision instantly raised alarm flags among many conservatives.
There is no doubt that Obama’s promise of amnesty to the millions of illegal youth in America is responsible for the flood of illegal Central American kids. If that promise of amnesty was removed, the main motive for their coming would be eliminated and America would no longer be as promising to them.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has introduced a piece of legislation that is being referred to as the Stop Amnesty bill. Cruz’s bill will defund the Obama administration’s program that allows illegals to remain in the US without fear of deportation. It is tied to the legislation that Obama is trying to push to get Congress to fund him the $3.7 million he wants for his immigration policies.
Cruz’s bill, not yet given a number, states:
“A Bill to prevent the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program unlawfully created by Executive memorandum on August 15, 2012.”
“Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,”
“Section 1. Limitation on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; Restrictions on Employment Authorization for Aliens no in Lawful Status.”
“No agency or instrumentality of the Federal Government may use Federal funding or resources—“
“(1) to consider or adjudicate any new or previously denied application of any alien requesting consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals, as authorized by Executive memorandum on August 15, 2012; or”
“(2) to authorize any alien to work in the United States if such alien—“
“(A) was not lawfully admitted into the United States in compliance with the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.); and”
“(B) is not in lawful status in the United States on the date of the enactment of this Act.”
In the released statement, Cruz stated:
“The only way to stop the border crisis is to stop President Obama’s amnesty. If we do not put an end to its expansion — to the promise of amnesty that is the reason so many are coming — then more little boys and girls will be trafficked, abused, and even killed.”
In addition to his Stop Amnesty Bill, Cruz is expected to introduce several other pieces of legislation designed to increase the speed with which illegal aliens will be deported and to allow governors of the border states to use National Guard troops with the use of federal funds.
In plain language, Cruz wants all of the DREAMers deported and to prevent them and all illegals from being able to legally work and take jobs from American citizens. Cruz is working to protect the American border, protect American jobs and protect American citizens and cities from being ravaged by the flood of illegals. It’s about time someone in Washington is trying to take steps to protect America from the alien invasion.