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We Will Be Watching: Victory for the DREAM Act

By: kyledeb Tuesday September 21, 2010 8:30 am
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Originally posted at Citizen Orange.

The fate of almost a million lives could be decided in the next six hours.  As a voter, as a millenial, as a migrant, as a Guatemalan, I’m writing to say that I will be watching along with the vast majority of those who will determine the future of the United States of America. 

If you already haven’t heard already, Harry Reid is going to offer the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act up as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.  The Senate is scheduled to vote on taking up the Act tomorrow at 2:15 p.m.  If you haven’t called you’re Senator yet in the support of the DREAM Act please do so now by calling:

888-254-5087

It is imperative that you focus on these Senators.  If you’ve called already, call again.  If you’ve called again, ask five friends to do the same.  If you’ve done all that, here are some more actions you can take.If you haven’t heard about the DREAM Act yet I wouldn’t be surprised.  The media has largely been focused on the train wreck that is Christine O’Donnell’s campaign.  But the mainstream media is missing out on one of the most suspenseful political dramas I’ve ever witnessed.  No one knows if we have the votes to beat the filibuster in the Senate, today.  If we don’t beat it, the National Defense Authorization Act will likely have to wait until after the elections.  At that point, all bets are off. 

One of the most compelling elements of this political drama has been the interaction between The LGBT movement and the migrant youth movement.  What to an outsider might be perceived as two unrelated constituencies, perhaps even hostile to each other, have been working long before this moment to build unity and solidarity.  It is one thing to believe in the truth that we are all woven into a “single garment of destiny.”  It is another to live that truth and act on it.  The migrant youth movement and the LGBT movement having been living and acting on that truth, as we all should.  My freedom is tied up with the freedom of everyone else in the universe, and tomorrow we have a chance to set close to a million people free. 

Again, the media hasn’t been watching but everyone who matters everyone who will decide the future of this country is watching.  The DREAM Act has been front-page news on major Spanish language newspapers all week, and featured heavily on Spanish language television.  The U.S.’s largest and fastest growing minority, Latinos, is watching, today.  Educators and students from around the country have organized for and come out in support of the DREAM Act.  The next generation is watching, today.  Facebook and twitter have blown up with mentions of the DREAM Act, and traffic on the sites covering the DREAM Act is through the roof.  Business leaders, religious leaders, and military leaders have all come out strong in support of the DREAM Act.  If the Senate fails to move the DREAM Act forward today, we will all be watching and we won’t just remember this November, but for the rest of our lives. 

The next generation isn’t just watching whether the DREAM act will move forward, but whether the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) will move forward.  Lady Gaga has galvanized youth for the repeal of DADT with her extensive twitter and facebook following in a way that probably hasn’t been seen seen Barack Obama was elected.

According to a poll commissioned by First Focus, 70% of the U.S. public supports the DREAM Act.  Multiple polls show that a majority of the U.S. public supports the repeal of DADT.  Republicans, for the most part, are floating arguments about procedure.  They are saying that Democrats are playing politics with the National Defense Authorization Act.  Republicans are playing politics, too, and have used the procedure of the filibuster to grind the Senate to a halt for two years.  Playing politics is what politicians do.  The public doesn’t care about politicians playing politics or what procedures are used as long as Congress does their job and gets things done.  It’s time for Congress to get two things done that the majority of Americans support. 

Republicans, especially, face an important choice, today.  They can please their increasingly regional extremist base and relegate themselves to irrelevancy for a generation, or they can do the right thing and be competitive with the next generation of voters.

If we win, today, we will face an even steeper uphill battle, but we will all be watching.  Failure has not entered into my mind.  We will pass the DREAM Act and DADT will be repealed.  It is no longer a question of if, but a question of when.  The time is now and whomever stands in the way will regret it for a long time. 

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We Will Be Watching: Victory for the DREAM Act

By: kyledeb Tuesday September 21, 2010 6:33 am
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Originally posted at Citizen Orange.

The fate of almost a million lives could be decided in the next six hours.  As a voter, as a millenial, as a migrant, as a Guatemalan, I’m writing to say that I will be watching along with the vast majority of those who will determine the future of the United States of America. 

If you already haven’t heard already, Harry Reid is going to offer the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act up as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.  The Senate is scheduled to vote on taking up the Act tomorrow at 2:15 p.m.  If you haven’t called you’re Senator yet in the support of the DREAM Act please do so now by calling:

888-254-5087

It is imperative that you focus on these Senators.  If you’ve called already, call again.  If you’ve called again, ask five friends to do the same.  If you’ve done all that, here are some more actions you can take.

If you haven’t heard about the DREAM Act yet I wouldn’t be surprised.  The media has largely been focused on the train wreck that is Christine O’Donnell’s campaign.  But the mainstream media is missing out on one of the most suspenseful political dramas I’ve ever witnessed.  No one knows if we have the votes to beat the filibuster in the Senate, today.  If we don’t beat it, the National Defense Authorization Act will likely have to wait until after the elections.  At that point, all bets are off. 

One of the most compelling elements of this political drama has been the interaction between The LGBT movement and the migrant youth movement.  What to an outsider might be perceived as two unrelated constituencies, perhaps even hostile to each other, have been working long before this moment to build unity and solidarity.  It is one thing to believe in the truth that we are all woven into a "single garment of destiny."  It is another to live that truth and act on it.  The migrant youth movement and the LGBT movement having been living and acting on that truth, as we all should.  My freedom is tied up with the freedom of everyone else in the universe, and tomorrow we have a chance to set close to a million people free. 

Again, the media hasn’t been watching but everyone who matters everyone who will decide the future of this country is watching.  The DREAM Act has been front-page news on major Spanish language newspapers all week, and featured heavily on Spanish language television.  The U.S.’s largest and fastest growing minority, Latinos, is watching, today.  Educators and students from around the country have organized for and come out in support of the DREAM Act.  The next generation is watching, today.  Facebook and twitter have blown up with mentions of the DREAM Act, and traffic on the sites covering the DREAM Act is through the roof.  Business leaders, religious leaders, and military leaders have all come out strong in support of the DREAM Act.  If the Senate fails to move the DREAM Act forward today, we will all be watching and we won’t just remember this November, but for the rest of our lives. 

The next generation isn’t just watching whether the DREAM act will move forward, but whether the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) will move forward.  Lady Gaga has galvanized youth for the repeal of DADT with her extensive twitter and facebook following in a way that probably hasn’t been seen seen Barack Obama was elected.

According to a poll commissioned by First Focus, 70% of the U.S. public supports the DREAM Act.  Multiple polls show that a majority of the U.S. public supports the repeal of DADT.  Republicans, for the most part, are floating arguments about procedure.  They are saying that Democrats are playing politics with the National Defense Authorization Act.  Republicans are playing politics, too, and have used the procedure of the filibuster to grind the Senate to a halt for two years.  Playing politics is what politicians do.  The public doesn’t care about politicians playing politics or what procedures are used as long as Congress does their job and gets things done.  It’s time for Congress to get two things done that the majority of Americans support. 

Republicans, especially, face an important choice, today.  They can please their increasingly regional extremist base and relegate themselves to irrelevancy for a generation, or they can do the right thing and be competitive with the next generation of voters.

If we win, today, we will face an even steeper uphill battle, but we will all be watching.  Failure has not entered into my mind.  We will pass the DREAM Act and DADT will be repealed.  It is no longer a question of if, but a question of when.  The time is now and whomever stands in the way will regret it for a long time. 

 

21 Responses to We Will Be Watching: Victory for the DREAM Act

  1. ThingsComeUndone September 21st, 2010 at 8:03 am 1

    Its good the media is ignoring this story that means they think it will pass otherwise Glen Beck and Rush would be organizing phone call of their own to Capital hill the fact they are not suggests their Corporate Owners pulled them from this story.

  2. ThingsComeUndone September 21st, 2010 at 8:05 am 2

    I got to go now but will you do a follow up piece if we win this vote later on today?

  3. ThingsComeUndone September 21st, 2010 at 8:08 am 3

    They can please their increasingly regional extremist base and relegate themselves to irrelevancy for a generation, or they can do the right thing and be competitive with the next generation of voters.

    As long as GOP Hate Media Lou Dobbs, Glen Beck, Rush he who hates immigrants but goes to the Dominican Republic with a ton of Viagra and no proof he likes women. (3 marriages no kids).
    Well as long as they are lying about us and inciting violence we won’t support the GOP.

  4. ghostof911 September 21st, 2010 at 8:16 am 4

    Thanks for posting this, Kyledeb. We’re all hoping for a favorable outcome today.

    whoever stands in the way will regret it for a long time.

    That is, if they have consciences. We have no proof that they do.

  5. chaart September 21st, 2010 at 8:19 am 5

    Illegals are destroying this country through identity theft, tax evasion and abuse of our health care and welfare systems. Los Angeles County alone mailed out $52 million in welfare checks to illegal aliens for the month of July. States going broke trying to support these freeloaders are being sued for trying to enforce our immigration laws. Many foreigners are building new homes with the cash they fleece from U.S. taxpayers. I also know law-abiding immigrants who are NOT a burden to our country and I have nothing but love and respect for them. Please call your senators and plead with them to stop this DREAM Act amnesty which would be a nightmare for our children as millions more criminals flood our country.

  6. nomolos September 21st, 2010 at 8:22 am 6
    In response to chaart @ 5

    An evil troll, Torok, the transformed state of the ex-husband of an old friendly witch named Eunice St. Clair, has chosen her apartment building to be the heart of the restoration of the world he once knew. To do this he uses an Emerald ring, and takes possession of a little girl named Wendy, whose brother Harry immediately suspects something wrong. Torok, often in the form of the little girl, goes into each occupant’s apartment, hideously transforming people.

    Torok is an ancient troll, and he is using the body of Wendy Anne to disguise himself, in order to take over an apartment building. Wendy’s newly moved family is just settling in, and while her parents suspect nothing, her brother Harry notices a change in her behavior instantly. Using an emerald ring, Torok transforms the residents into plant pods and plans to restore his old world in which he once lived in many years ago. We soon discover Torok is the ex-husband of Eunice St. Clair, a resident in the building who was married to Torok long ago before he became his transformed self.

  7. cbl September 21st, 2010 at 8:31 am 7

    I still would like for one of the Inside Baseball types to explain Dorgan’s opposition to me – it’s not like he’s worried about polling, he’s retiring

    and which one of you guys left the flying monkey gate unlatched ?!?!?

  8. RevBev September 21st, 2010 at 8:49 am 8
    In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 3

    Include Laura Ing (Obama hater); she had a young man on tc in pretense to discuss; she went after him, but esp his parents, for being “lawbreakers.” She is endlessly mean.

  9. cbl September 21st, 2010 at 8:50 am 9

    Called ! took less than 15 minutes to reach them all

  10. RevBev September 21st, 2010 at 8:52 am 10
    In response to chaart @ 5

    Our fellow human beings, sisters and brothers, are not aliens. And the young people who are eligible for the Dream Act are all kids who have stayed out of trouble. Being mean/callous is such an unattractive quality.

  11. freeman September 21st, 2010 at 9:01 am 11

    Millins of peoople who have grown up in the US since early childhood have been paying taxes to the government that they have never bee able to claim , a windfall for decades to the system .

    These individuals are as American as you and I , and yet they live in fear of arrest and deportation or of the loss of family members and parents in an instant . They are treated quite offen as workers were in the US before the unions and the labor movement, being extorted and imprisoned by employers .

    El sueno para todos esta lo mismo ,libertad y una buena vida para sus hijos .

    Buenos suarte vecinos .Un pueblo unido jamas sera vencido .

  12. chaart September 21st, 2010 at 9:06 am 12
    In response to RevBev @ 10

    Your fellow human beings have broken our laws and are taking advantage of America. Identity theft and health care and welfare abuse is not something I made up. Everything I said is true.

  13. nomolos September 21st, 2010 at 9:09 am 13
    In response to RevBev @ 10

    Well said. I don’t think that the mass child abuse bothers the xenophobes one iota.

  14. RevBev September 21st, 2010 at 9:12 am 14
    In response to chaart @ 12

    You don’t consider them your fellow human beings…how sad. Mostly you are talking about kids who were brought here by their parents; I would hate for my offspring to be accountable for everything I have ever done.

  15. RevBev September 21st, 2010 at 9:18 am 15
    In response to nomolos @ 13

    Are you saying lacking compassion? The worst part of troll statement is that part of taking advantage of America seen only as exceptional & perfect with no notice of those we have killed or exploited. Myopic is also a good word.

  16. freeman September 21st, 2010 at 9:30 am 16

    I know dozens of undocumented aliens chaart. Not one of them is on welfare and all of them pay taxes which they can not file for .

    I know of one , who was forced to work and imprisoned in the place of his employment that escaped with others after months of forced labor.

    I know another who has major lung problems because in the orchard he worked in , in order to pick your fruit so that you could get it at the cheapest price and so that his employer could stay competitive, refuse protective gear and yet he could never seek compensation for fear of deportation.

    I know several children , who have lost parents because of a traffic stop or some other serious infraction and are growing up without a mother or a father , although those parents have been in the US since a very early age and have never been to Mexico.

    The only people who aren’t immigrants in this country are native Americans and your living here was accomplished through wholesale racism and military atrocities .

    Grow a heart please !

  17. kindGSL September 21st, 2010 at 9:37 am 17
    In response to chaart @ 5

    Native American History at Stanford
    http://nacc.stanford.edu/timeline.html

  18. kindGSL September 21st, 2010 at 10:04 am 18

    Both of my California senator’s phone lines are busy and full, I hope that is a good sign.

  19. ThingsComeUndone September 21st, 2010 at 10:06 am 19

    Immigrants are integral to Arizona’s economy as workers.
     
    • Immigrants comprised 19.3% of the state’s workforce in 2007 (or 586,663 workers), according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
    • Unauthorized immigrants comprised 9.8% of the state’s workforce (or 300,000 workers) in 2008, according to a report by the Pew Hispanic Center.
    • The total economic output attributable to Arizona’s immigrant workers was $44 billion in 2004, which sustained roughly 400,000 full-time jobs, according to a 2008 study by the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy.
    • Immigrant workers contributed $2.4 billion in state tax revenue in 2004, consisting of $1 billion in sales taxes, $967 million in business taxes, and $367 million in personal taxes, according to the same study.
    If all unauthorized immigrants were removed from Arizona, the state would lose $26.4 billion in economic activity, $11.7 billion in gross state product, and approximately 140,324 jobs, even accounting for adequate market adjustment time, according to a report by the Perryman Group.

    http://news.jornal.us/article-5008.The-Economic–Benefits-of-Immigration-to-Arizona.html

    I’m Back:)

  20. ThingsComeUndone September 21st, 2010 at 10:17 am 20

    DMI’s immigration report “Principles for an Immigration Policy to Strengthen and Expand the American Middle Class” shows that “the average immigrant pays $1,800 more in taxes than she receives in government benefits — a lifetime tax contribution of $80,000 more than she and her immediate descendents receive in benefits. Undocumented immigrants alone are estimated to have contributed nearly $50 billion in federal taxes between 1996 and 2003. Immigrant tax contributions finance vital middle-class goods like public schools and Social Security.”

    http://www.drummajorinstitute.org/library/36.html

    Troll do you know how stupid you sound? If intelligence rather than just being born here was the criteria for citizenship you would not be an American Citizen.
    Face it you are just worried that you can’t compete and the kids of illegals will once they get to school be smarter than your kids and pass them by.
    The genetics lottery gave you a a dud ticket dude.

  21. ThingsComeUndone September 21st, 2010 at 10:19 am 21

    Get rid of immigrants paying into but not collecting Social Security and you are asking for even bigger cuts in Social Security than what even Obama and the GOP are suggesting now.
    A vote to get rid of illegals means more taxes Morons!