Democratic officials believe the growing Hispanic population in battleground states like Nevada gives those who embrace the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors amnesty legislation or DREAM Act, an edge in November’s elections. Nevada Congresswoman and U.S. Senate candidate Shelley Berkley supports the act and Senator Harry Reid made it the centerpiece of his reelection win in 2010.
Yet, three times, Congress voted down the DREAM Act. It should be clear to President Obama and others, that so-called middle-class Americans do not want amnesty enacted, especially not while our borders remain unsecured.
On the day Obamnesty went into effect, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed an executive order directing state agencies to deny driver’s licenses and other public benefits to illegal aliens granted “deferred action” amnesty and work authorizations after hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants began lining up across the nation to apply. In Arizona, an estimated 80,000 eligible illegal immigrants will apply for amnesty resulting in what Brewer calls “significant and lasting impacts on the Arizona budget, its health care system and additional public benefits that Arizona taxpayers fund.”
Ohio State Congressman Courtney Combs proposed an Arizona-style immigration law after the Supreme Court’s June ruling to uphold the key enforcement provision of Arizona’s SB 1070. If this anti-amnesty legislation passes, it will relieve Ohio taxpayers of $878 million in annual costs to support, educate, and care for illegal aliens and their dependents.
But Americans in other states aren’t so lucky.
Chicago’s Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin announced $275,000 in funds to cover thousands of illegal aliens’ $465 application fees. Then New York state officials set aside $450,000 in grants to be donated to three advocacy groups helping thousands of illegal aliens apply for Obamnesty work permits.
So not only will 1.8 million illegal aliens be competing for our jobs, but politicians are make it easier for them to do it.