DREAM Act Vote Tomorrow, 2:15pm

Michelle Malkin has been ringing alarm bells about the DREAM Act amendment that’s been tacked onto the defense authorization bill just in time for the 2010 elections.

This is not about protecting “children.” It’s about preserving electoral power through cap-and-gown amnesty.

The so-called DREAM Act would create an official path to Democrat voter registration for an estimated 2 million, college-age illegal aliens. Look past the public relations-savvy stories of “undocumented” valedictorians left out in the cold. This is not about protecting “children.” It’s about preserving electoral power through cap-and-gown
amnesty.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced this week that he’s attaching the DREAM Act to the defense authorization bill. With ethnic activists breathing down his neck and President Obama pushing to fulfill his campaign promise to Hispanics, Reid wants his queasy colleagues to vote on the legislation next week. Open-borders lawmakers have tried and failed to pass the DREAM ACT through regular channels for the last decade. That’s because informed voters know giving green cards to illegal alien students undermines the rule of law, creates more illegal immigration incentives, and grants preferential treatment to illegal alien students over law-abiding native and naturalized American students struggling to get an education in tough economic times. This bad idea is compounded by a companion proposal to recruit more illegal aliens into the military with the lure of citizenship (a fraud-ridden and reckless practice countenanced under the Bush administration).

The usual RINO suspects are crossing the aisle to support it:

Despite the obvious electoral advantage this plan would give Democrats, several pro-illegal alien amnesty Republicans crossed the aisle to support the DREAM Act, including double-talking Sens. John McCain, Richard Lugar, Bob Bennett, Sam Brownback, Norm Coleman, Susan Collins, Larry Craig, Chuck Hagel, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Mel Martinez,
Olympia Snowe, and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (who champions even greater illegal alien student benefits than those proposed by Democrats). After paying lip service to securing the borders, McCain promised DREAM Act demonstrators this week that he supported the bill and would work to “resolve their issues.”

DREAM Act lobbyists are spotlighting heart-wrenching stories of high-achieving teens brought to this country when they were toddlers. But instead of arguing for case-by-case dispensations, the protesters want blanket pardons. The broadly-drafted Senate bill would confer benefits on applicants up to age 35 and the House bill contains no age
ceiling at all. The academic achievement requirements are minimal. Moreover, illegal aliens who didn’t arrive in the country until they turned 15 – after they laid down significant roots in their home country – would be eligible for DREAM Act benefits and eventual U.S. citizenship. And like past amnesty packages, the Democrat plan is devoid of any concrete eligibility and enforcement mechanisms to deter already-rampant immigration benefit fraud.

See Michelle  Malkin via Roy Beck at NumbersUSA for “a handy phone list of Senate fence-sitters, flip-floppers, and feckless sellouts”.

She’s recommending that people to melt the phone lines. Some of these people may be reachable.

UPDATE:

MichelleMalkin: DREAM Act showdown: Dems hold defense bill hostage to social justice; Update: NO votes piling up, vote pushed back

Scroll for updates…10:53am Eastern…Confirmed w/Ark.Democrat Sen. Mark Pryor’s office…he’s a NO on DREAM Act amndt…see updated phone list below for more…vote reportedly pushed back to 2:30pm Eastern…trouble in Reid-land?…12:02pm Collins is a no on cloture…so is Voinovich…Biden tried to woo Collins in phone call, failed

DREAM Act showdown: Dems hold defense bill hostage to social justice; Update: Cloture vote FAILS 56-43, now pass a clean bill; Reid vows: “We’re going to vote on the DREAM Act. It’s only a question of when.”

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41 thoughts on “DREAM Act Vote Tomorrow, 2:15pm

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  2. We Texans flooded Kay Bailey’s phone lines and email this afternoon. She is now saying she will vote NO.

    Let’s keep up the push in other states.

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  3. How selfish are you do leave millions of illegal immigrants that have been in this country nearly their entire lives in the cold? Selfish, greedy and lazy… That’s exactly what you are.

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  4. To Girar: How many illegal immigrants do you have living with you? How many illegals are footing the bills for living expenses and college tuition? NONE! Liberals love to be so generous with other people’s money. I’ll bet you are a true “limousine liberal”.

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  5. I could support a case by case road to citizenship, but not a massive blanket amnesty.

    Also, as Malkin notes:

    The broadly-drafted Senate bill would confer benefits on applicants up to age 35 and the House bill contains no age
    ceiling at all. The academic achievement requirements are minimal. Moreover, illegal aliens who didn’t arrive in the country until they turned 15 – after they laid down significant roots in their home country – would be eligible for DREAM Act benefits and eventual U.S. citizenship. And like past amnesty packages, the Democrat plan is devoid of any concrete eligibility and enforcement mechanisms to deter already-rampant immigration benefit fraud.

    It’s selfish, and lazy headed thinking to not be opposed to something this irresponsible.

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  6. For five days I’ve been working to get teapartier fave Angle to come out against the DA over what it would do: take college from Americans to give it to illegal aliens. She’s done two things regarding immig. in that time, but she refuses to make that key point, a key point that could cost Reid 10 or more points.

    And, I’ve gotten no help in that effort that I know of. Instead, the teapartiers think that her opposing it on procedural grounds – the stock GOP position – is enough.

    And, I’ve been trying to get people to make that zero sum point to politicians for over three years, all without getting any help from anyone else.

    So, you’ve got some fingers pointing back at you. Correct that situation.

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  7. How selfish are you do leave millions of illegal immigrants that have been in this country nearly their entire lives in the cold? Selfish, greedy and lazy… That’s exactly what you are.

    Wow. Clueless. ^ If someone came in your house and raided your refrigerator, slept in your bed, stole your money, raped your daughter, and watched your tv, and you told them to leave, would you consider yourself selfish? greedy? lazy?

    We have awesome LEGAL immigrants all over this country. The majority of them don’t want illegals here either. Are they also selfish? greedy? lazy?

    My father is an immigrant. He came here, waited patiently, worked hard, learned the language, passed tests, and became a citizen. I’m all in favor of legal immigration and would probably be in favor of upping quotas, but NEVER will I be in favor of rewarding those who ignore our laws and abuse the system. Many illegals are victims of horrible crimes because they are here under the radar — it is difficult to protect them… I wonder if our lib friends ever think deeper than pointing their fingers at us. Clueless.

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  8. Smart move by Reid. And expect the Stupid Party to let it squeak through. If whites keep voting for the Stupid Party, because Stupid Party thinks whites have noplace else to go, expect more of the same. Esp. from the post-election, lameduck Congress.

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  9. To those against the DA! What fault do those people who came here as a child like me have? I’m ilegal but is not my fault my parents brought me to this country when I was 8 years old! And now I know more English then Spanish and finished high school! Going back to my country would be very hard for me because of my somewhat limited Spanish I think those who were brought here at a young age deserve a chance because it wasant there decision to come to the US I consider the us as my home now and I wish to enter the army but I can’t because of my legal status 😦

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  10. I think you might be an example of someone who should be allowed citizenship. But I think we should be operating on a case by case basis, within certain criteria that should be met before someone is granted amnesty.

    It’s not your fault that your parents came here illegally, but it’s not my fault, either.

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  11. Also, if you’re giving yourself the handle, “Christian” in order to imply that people who are against the DREAM act are unChristian —- you’re probably not Christian, because a real Christian would not use it that way.

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  12. Christian. Please think of others outside yourself. You are here illegally. Thanks for your honesty. You are right — it’s not your fault. But what about the many people who came here legally and are waiting for citizenship while they are contributing to our economy and the general welfare of our nation, and obeying our laws. People who want to be here should learn our language, study and abide by the Constitution and our laws. You all must join our culture — not the other way around.

    Can you think of others? What about the other youth who came here illegally and are victims of the violent illegals who USE and ABUSE people like you because you need to operate under the radar? How can we address these problems unless we return to the REALITY that lawlessness breeds lawlessness?

    We must stop lawlessness in this beautiful, blessed nation. Consider how you can help us fight the lawlessness and preserve what is so great here.

    In my plan illegals, like you and hopefully your family, would be able to enter a system that allows you to BEGIN the process of citizenship WHILE you pay taxes and pay fines for the illegal act of your being here, but also be permitted a level of protection while you move to citizenship. As NiceDeb has said, each immigrant person/family needs to be viewed on a case by case basis — just like regular immigrants who become citizens have to do and have done for generations in our nation. BUT you should not be permitted scholarships or any federal money. That is just insane. We are broke. We need to re-prioritize and stop the spending. There is NO money for you right now. This plan would also mean that quotas be increased.

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  14. Think about it like this.
    This bill allows the system to be amended so that illegal or not, smarter, more talented, better educated (even community college is better than high school graduate in most cases) people to contribute to the U.S.
    The age requirement seems a little lenient for me too, but the idea at its core is essential.
    For us to move forward as a country and a competitive power in the global scene, we need as many talented people as we can get. And since we gave them the primary through high school education, why not ice the cake and use them in our country. I have several friends who couldn’t go to medical school because of the current laws. So they go back to their countries to complete their medical school and their residency… and oh guess what, they end up working in that country. Let the people contribute to America in a more meaningful way than taking up menial jobs at the local McDonald. And also, though the majority of illegals are Hispanic, there are still a good amount of other races that don’t fall into your stupid stereotypes… And chances are most of them were probably smarter than you in high school. If you don’t want us to waste tax dollars, then give them the final step in the form of college education so they can work for us instead of making them smart, get their training somewhere else and losing them to the other powers that are willing to use them for their benefits.

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  15. And in addition, other plans would take way too long.
    By the time you get that plan going, America would probably lose 30 generations of educated students to other countries, or even worse waste their talents by preventing them the chance of getting anywhere in life.

    Also, none of you can possibly know what it is like to live as an illegal for even a day, week, month, year…
    So stop saying “I understand…” especially those who are against this bill, because you really don’t.

    And what the heck is up with the family by family, case by case things… Does that actually seem plausible to you?
    Do you know how many families there are in this country that are illegal?
    If you do, then calculate, how long would it take to screen each of them, judge their fate, and go through all the red tape?
    They’d be dead and done mooching off of this country by then.
    And who’s going to set up the guidelines? It’d be making general laws like this all over again on a smaller scale.

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  16. “move forward”

    “competitive power in the global scene”

    “don’t fall into YOUR stupid stereotypes”

    “most of them probably smarter than you in high school”

    “give them the final step in the form of college”

    Peter. You are not winning me over with these kinds of phrases. It seems like you are working to be insulting and remain a moron about the economics and depth of the problem this is in this nation, and you sound more like a petulant teenager than anyone who actually thinks critically about the issue. No one denies that there are lots of good people who desperately WANT to be part of our nation’s future. There are MILLIONS of people who are still in their home countries WAITING to come here. They wait because they believe that illegal means are not the way to go. I want to affirm their respect for our laws.

    After Viet Nam there were PLENTY of immigrants from Asian nations who were damn happy to work in restaurants making chump change until they were able to pull themselves up by their boot straps. Many of those people are millionaires now. This is the beauty and precious opportunity that this country offers because we live in a country that values liberty and a pursuit of wealth. There is no shame in hard work. We ALL should be willing to do it… LEGALLY. What’s wrong with following the law? And what part of WE SIMPLY DON’T HAVE THE MONEY DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND?

    The ends does not justify the means. I refuse to be manipulated by your talking points and insults.

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  17. For us to move forward as a country and a competitive power in the global scene, we need as many talented people as we can get.

    So they’re restricting the DREAM Act to science & engineering degrees?

    And since we gave them the primary through high school education, why not ice the cake and use them in our country.

    Two wrongs make a right!!

    though the majority of illegals are Hispanic, there are still a good amount of other races that don’t fall into your stupid stereotypes

    In stunning news, we are opposed to all people who choose to circumvent the legal immigration process and reside here illegally. We don’t distinguish by race or country of origin, except to note that Mexico’s contribution to the problem is larger than any other country’s.

    And chances are most of them were probably smarter than you in high school.

    If this is only true of “other races,” then you’re calling Hispanics stupid? Racist.

    give them the final step in the form of college education

    It might come as a revelation to you that we have scads of foreign students attending college who didn’t cost us a dime through high school, and who pay for their post-high school education themselves. And the majority stay here:

    Most foreigners who came to the U.S. to earn doctorate degrees in science and engineering stayed on after graduation—at least until the recession began—refuting predictions that post-9/11 restrictions on immigrants or expanding opportunities in China and India would send more of them home.

    Newly released data revealed that 62% of foreigners holding temporary visas who earned Ph.D.s in science and engineering at U.S. universities in 2002 were still in the U.S. in 2007, the latest year for which figures are available. Of those who graduated in 1997, 60% were still in the U.S. in 2007, according to the data compiled by the U.S. Energy Department’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for the National Science Foundation.

    They followed the law, and it didn’t cost taxpayers any money. The DREAM Act isn’t about competitiveness – if it was, we’d offer residency to all foreign students who earn degrees in critical fields.

    Instead of giving the illegal ones first priority.

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  18. Everyone who did not get enough or any state aid to complete your way to a degree — oh, and couldn’t get a student loan because the babyboomers refused to repay theirs — RAISE YOUR HAND. Now for all of you who want to pay for non-tax-paying illegal aliens to receive –free — the very degree you were denied because you didn’t have the financial support RAISE YOUR HANDS. For all of those who want non-tax-paying illegal aliens to be more competitive in YOUR market and the chosen field — the one you never got to because you couldn’t afford tuition — RAISE YOUR HANDS. Otherwise STFU.

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  19. …RAISE YOUR HANDS. Otherwise STFU.

    Hahahaha! Kudos, Kendra.
    I’d like to add a couple more to your list, Kendra, if I may.

    Everyone who went to school paying their own way as they went, postponing their own graduation by 7-10 years because they did it with no student loans RAISE YOUR HAND.

    And anyone who turned around a matter of a few years later saving for the university education of their own children who were still infants and then followed through on paying that education in full to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars with no student loans RAISE YOUR HAND.

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  20. As we debate this issue, I keep thinking about marshmallows < and the longitudinal studies done by Dr. Daniel Goldman. It's about EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE..

    I think about all the successful people I know who demonstrated willingness to withhold their OWN NEED or DESIRES for personal gratification and keep plugging in order to be successful. If we 'steal' this from people by giving them things they haven't earned or have gotten illegally, then we actually make them weaker and less able to be successful in the future.

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  21. I for one have no idea what it’s like to be an illegal immigrant because I would never dream of entering another country illegally, or staying longer than my visa allowed.

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  22. I have no idea what it is like to be an illegal alien. I would never say that “I know how you feel” either. I see no one else here making that claim either.

    I was a spiritual counselor for an illegal alien for several years. He had it very tough and was from a country where he was assured that if he returned to his home country, he would most certainly be killed. He had an immigration attorney and he was working hard to be recognized so that he could be here legally. He worked hard and long hours getting paid under the table for little money. It was sad. I had no way to help him — which made me feel even sadder. But no — I don’t know how you feel nor would I ever put myself in that sort of situation unless it was a totally last resort.

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  24. And what the heck is up with the family by family, case by case things… Does that actually seem plausible to you?
    Do you know how many families there are in this country that are illegal?

    There are figures available that are estimates. Are you using the logic that because we have millions and millions of illegal aliens here that it is simply too much trouble for our government to process them on a case by case basis LEGALLY? WTF? I’m laughing right now. Your big numbers don’t threaten us nor will they threaten the government who wants your share of the taxes.

    There are 300 MILLION people in this country. The Feds have no trouble taking our money when they want it for taxes. They have no problem legislating what kind of toilets and light bulbs we are permitted to have. They are already in our lives big time, and it is going to get worse if we are forced into their health care plans, foods, and legislated lifestyles — AND WE ARE THE ONES WHO ARE HERE LEGALLY — my friend.

    Do you really think that it is an insurmountable task to process you illegals all through the system legally? Maybe you should go back to your country now. If you can’t handle a little legal processing than you are going to hate the way you are treated when you are a taxpaying citizen.

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  25. Girar Kolakian: What part of “illegal” do you not understand?

    Christian: You have a very good argument. Children brought here by their parents should not be punished for that.

    There is a solution: Send the parents back. Children can stay or go, as they choose.

    There’s another famous example of the illegal immigrant: Obama’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango of Kenya. She’s been here illegally since 2000, living off the Massachusetts taxpayers. In 2004, she was denied asylum, and ordered deported, but she found this inconvenient. As a relative of a “favorite son” of Kenya, she faces no threat whatever.

    The same judge who denied her asylum has “seen the error of his ways” (now that Obama is President) and granted her asylum. (Asylum is just about the only way you can get to stay here.)

    “If I come as an immigrant, you have the obligation to make me a citizen,” Zeituni Onyango told WBZ-TV in an interview that first aired Monday.”

    I guess that applies to all the other illegal immigrants, too.

    “Onyango, the half sister of Obama’s late father, still lives in public housing and collects $700 monthly disability. She doesn’t work, but said she volunteers time at the Boys and Girls Club and with the Boston Housing Authority.”

    Well, that’s all right then.

    Let’s just declare all the illegal immigrants to be Obama’s relatives.

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  26. There’s another famous example of the illegal immigrant: Obama’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango of Kenya. She’s been here illegally since 2000, living off the Massachusetts taxpayers. In 2004, she was denied asylum, and ordered deported, but she found this inconvenient. As a relative of a “favorite son” of Kenya, she faces no threat whatever.

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  27. i could give a crap the world isnt the same anymore
    today we live tomorrow we dont know
    and what if the dream act got passed
    why make too much controversy. just pass it
    it will benefit the us in many ways.
    the day we fucking die we aint taking shit anyway.
    not even the fucking clothes we are wearing right now.
    better yet, were not even going to take a little citizenship or access to the new world. besides if people keep saying no its just going to keep on coming up again and again and again until they finally say yes.
    just like their stupid health reform. why not dream act?

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  28. Did everyone forget the Natives Lived here first?
    Did everyone also forget that they come from IMMIGRANT ancestry?
    What makes me different from any of you, I hardly know any Spanish, I wanna join the military but can’t because of my legal status, What is SO BAD about giving teens citizenship, a lot of teens can’t get jobs because no social if you give them a social they can get a real job and help the economy, maybe some of you that are saying immigrants are bad look at your ancestry and find out that your great grandparents used to be immigrants, think for once it doesn’t make us any different.

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  29. Dear Senator, I am writing you to ask you to
    vote against the dream act. These people are in OUR country illegally, they have gone
    to school here and the taxpayers have paid for their education. Now they want citizenship for what? They need to go back to Mexico and apply for entry into our country legally. This is going to become an election issue especially here in the South
    West. We are living in a California that is close to living in Mexico. It is becoming increasingly difficult to live here. These people have become the destroyers. An area that was nice 10 years ago has become a slum. Churches that parishiners have poored their time, money and love into are being taken over by Mexicans and they can no longer attend their own church. PLEASE vote against any legislation that would allow these people to be in this country. Please support the laws that Arizona has passed. If the democrats do not wake up here they will pass into obscurity. The real Americans in this country have had enough.

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  30. maybe some of you that are saying immigrants are bad look at your ancestry and find out that your great grandparents used to be immigrants

    They used to be legal immigrants. They came to this country legally.

    think for once it doesn’t make us any different.

    It still makes you very different than legal immigrants.

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  31. I dont understand why there is so much hate in the comments here. take my case for example, i was bought to the united states when i was two years old. i dont remember anything about mexico or about when i was brought over. i was put in private schools and did good, i graduated high school and got accepted into several colleges but was unable to attend because i cannot get a student loan. i dont want any scholar ships or any financial aid i just want to be able to get a loan and to be able to stay in this country after my studies are done. right now i attend community college and finish my associate in a couple of weeks. i am as american as you or anyone in this forum is, i have been here 19yrs, i have never done any illegal crimes the most trouble i been in has been getting a parking ticket for forgetting to move my car of the street after 4am. i dont drink i dont do drugs i pay taxes, english is my first language. so all of you that are against people like me please explain to me why i should not be given the chance to make something out of my life .

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  32. Perhaps you could point out the hate in my comments? From what I can see, the hate is coming from the pro-illegal immigrant side.

    Maybe you should read the post and comments before you do your cut and paste, next time.

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  33. It’s common for some teenagers to accuse their parents of ‘hatred’ and ‘selfishness’ when they don’t get what they want. Maybe a teenager is not willing to work for a purchase they expect their parents to make for them. Maybe a teenager needs a level of discipline because they have broken the house rules. But still the REALITY is clear. Those very teenagers NEEDED their parents to say NO or NO WAY.

    This scenario is no different ethically or morally. When the very people here illegally who are demonstrating their selfishness by expecting to be brought to the beginning of the immigration queue that currently has millions of legal people in it, OR who are breaking the law because they are here illegally, point their blaming-fingers at us who are obeying the law and giving to and for others in many ways, then I call it PROJECTION straight up. Who is breaking the law and hurting others? Who is being selfish? Fin.

    *… and Merry Christmas, Lovely Deb.*

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  34. Girar Kolakian Says:
    September, 20, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    How selfish are you do leave millions of illegal immigrants that have been in this country nearly their entire lives in the cold? Selfish, greedy and lazy… That’s exactly what you are.

    What is selfish about denying to ILLEGALS that which my own AMERICAN BORN children can not get? You are nothing but a socialist commie sheeple.

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  35. hy!ive lived all my live here in the US i didnt choose to come but i guess this is my destiny this is what god wants for me cuzz HE knows we are all the same but each and every one of us with different talents ived never been in el salvador i was born there but i never saw,hear,or remember anything about that country im now 24 years old i came when was 2 and i cant go to shcool because of that little problem i wish i have my papers done cuzz what if i get deported what am i going to do,I have 2 kidz and my wife im a barber!I mean thell just drop me off in the airport and then what were do i go?psssss what about my 2 kidz what would there mom tell them O ur father was a inmagrant and was sent back to his country what tha fuck I didnt have a father but that doesnt mean i dont wanna be one yea! cuzz i know what it feels like not to have one i would like to meet him be able to travel with my family perhaps i could know my father,but really i consider my my self united states citizen,,,,,,,peace!

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  36. “Cathy Says:
    September, 20, 2010 at 11:14 pm
    How selfish are you do leave millions of illegal immigrants that have been in this country nearly their entire lives in the cold? Selfish, greedy and lazy… That’s exactly what you are.

    Wow. Clueless. ^ If someone came in your house and raided your refrigerator, slept in your bed, stole your money, raped your daughter, and watched your tv, and you told them to leave, would you consider yourself selfish? greedy? lazy?”

    WOOOWWWWW Holy bad analogy, Cathy. Did an illegal immigrant steal your food and rape your daughter!? Last I knew we didn’t have a food or TV broadcast shortage.. I guess if a child is brought here illegally we should throw them back to a country that they might not even be familiar with! Otherwise our TV channels are in jeopardy, noooo!!

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  37. Holy bad analogy, Cathy. Did an illegal immigrant steal your food and rape your daughter!? Last I knew we didn’t have a food or TV broadcast shortage

    Maybe you should try using it as an analogy instead of literally. As it was intended.

    Or is that a little beyond your reach?

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