The Dream Act: In Answer To Steve Yale-Loer's Article
by Harry DeMell
In the ILW of February 14, 2012 Mr. Yale-Loehr argued that a truncated Dream Act would be immoral and should be opposed. I believe that he is wrong. http://www.ilw.com/articles/2012,0214-Loehr.shtm
The immigration bar has made the same mistake over and over again. They ask too much and are surprised when they get nothing. During the early 2000s we might have gotten a Dream act passed but were unable to get beyond CIR. There was a feeling that if Dream passed it would take the wind out of a new amnesty. We hunkered down for everything and got nothing.
With the drop in the economy we pulled back our request and asked just for Dream, but by then it was too late because with the economy in free fall congress had to wait until the dust settled before they could justify any legislation in this area.
The immigration bar then put their hopes in our new president who did absolutely nothing for the immigrant community other than a few politically placed media blurbs. That president was two senate votes away from passing some significant legislation. No effort was made. I don't believe that two of several Republican senators couldn't have been brought on board.
We need to get some legislation passed to show the American people that passing compassionate legislation can be beneficial to America. We need to show that the sky won't fall. Only then can we ask for more.
It's false compassion to ask for more than we can realistically expect to get. We need to get some benefits passed both substantive and procedural. The only area where we have been successful is in the Supreme Court where, although ideologically divided between conservative and liberal, reason has prevailed and sound judgment has given the immigration bar the victories that it hasn't earned. Yes Steve, we need more. Yes Steve, this military only act seems exploitive. But Steve, we need to start somewhere. After twenty-two years of failure, the immigration bar needs to take a fresh look at a losing strategy of having their heads in the clouds and forgetting the reality of the situation on the ground.
Harry DeMell is an Attorney practicing exclusively in the area of Visa, Immigration and Nationality Law since 1977.
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