Wednesday, September 22, 2010

David Vitter and the DREAM Act

I'm too tired to say too much on this right now, but I can't tell you how angry and disappointed I am at the moment with David Vitter's mean-spirited, cynical, and irrational crusade against the DREAM Act, which is a bit of legislation that seeks to create a path to citizenship for high school and college age non-citizen children of undocumented immigrant parents upon meeting some very reasonable conditions such as earning a high school diploma, serving 2 years in the military, be of a certain age, have resided in the United States for a certain number of years, and have stayed clear of any trouble with the law. David Vitter's pandering to the worst elements of the xenophobic anti-immigrant crowd would lead him not only to punish innocent young people whose only life that they know may be in the United States, whose assimilation is fairly complete, whose existence in the United States was not something they even had any control over, and whose accomplishments in the United States have been exemplary, but also to advance a policy that drives even more people to a life in the shadows of illegality. It's just reprehensible.

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