Comment: Call For DREAM - Democratic activists across the country are banding together for the largest phone call campaign in pro-immigration history. DailyKos, one of the most important progressive websites has joined forces with the Service Employees International Union, the most pro-immigration among the major unions, to phone bank the Senate switchboard into a jammed state. We believe this will be the first time ever that the pro-immigration calls will out-number the anti-immigrationists. We congratulate both DailyKos and SEIU on this outstanding initiative and we urge our readers to participate, see here for how.
Our reasoning for supporting DREAM is clear. We are for immigration benefits, and DREAM will deliver (absent crippling amendments) about 10% of the total benefits of CIR. So, think of DREAM as a tenth of a CIR bill. Surely, with near-super-majorities of Democrats in Congress, this is the least that the immigrant community can reasonably expect. Now, onto the outlook for passage. In the past, those Senators who wanted to weasel out of supporting immigration benefits legislation have pointed to the lop-sided numbers in phone calls for and against. The numbers often cited by such nervous Senators were 1-to-40, 1-to-70, and even 1-to-100 against the pro-side. For the first time, these nervous nellies will have the kind of numbers they have demanded from pro-immigration advocates; the better phone ratios will provide political cover for YES votes on DREAM.
With grassroots pro-immigration supporters lighting up the phone-lines across the country, the spotlight is now on the Democratic leadership, especially President Obama and Majority Leader Reid to ensure that there are no Democratic defections on DREAM. We once again call on the Democratic leadership to ensure the following Democrats vote YES on DREAM: Pryor, Landrieu, McCaskill, Baucus, Tester, Hagan, Conrad, Johnson, Warner, Goodwin, Nelson of Nebraska, Begich, Dorgan and Lincoln. Senator Lugar, the only Republican co-sponsor of DREAM, will likely provide the critical 60th vote for cloture. This week’s expected passage of DREAM (unless sabotaged by recalcitrant Democrats) will not be the end of the story (since no statute is possible until the legislative process in both chambers is completed), but DREAM would be off to a great start if the Democratic leadership can keep all the Democrats in line.
This week’s Senate votes on DREAM are critical for pro-immigrationists. We urge all our readers to join this large and historic pro-immigration phone effort.
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