McCain 'Flip-Flops' on the DREAM Act

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In a post I wrote earlier today, I made my thoughts about this "flip-flop" narrative known.  This is a happy day for migrant youth.  Today, a courageous member of One Dream 2009 got Senator McCain to say he supports the DREAM Act.

The Democrats have put out a video documenting the flip-flop(sombrero tip to Todd at MyDD who has been covering this with me):



As Duke highlighted in the comments section of The Sanctuary post I wrote about McCain's speech this certainly isn't an instance of "straight talk" by McCain:

McCain Today: Told a young questioner he would support the DREAM Act.


2003 & 2005 & 2007:
McCain Co-Sponsored The DREAM Act. McCain co-sponsored versions of the DREAM Act in 2003, 2005, and early 2007. [S 1545, introduced 7/31/03 ; S 2075, introduced 11/21/05 ; S 774, introduced 3/6/07 ]

NOW in 2007: McCain Skipped Vote On DREAM Act But Said He Would Have Voted Against Bill That He Co-Sponsored. "Last week, McCain skipped a Senate vote on immigration legislation called the DREAM Act - Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors. He then said he would have voted against the bill, even though he was a co-sponsor." [Myrtle Beach Sun-News, 11/2/07 ]

Still this should be seen as a good development for migrants.  It's not something to deride McCain for.

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eh said:

Unfortunately, higher education is a zero sum game: given a budget, there are only a finite number of places available. So for every illegal granted access, a citizen or lawful resident is potentially excluded. This is why misguided proposals like the DREAM Act must be defeated. It's a matter of setting appropriate priorities in public policy and how taxpayer money is spent. The fact is, we don't have a small problem with a relatively few illegals for whom we easily could, and probably should, make exceptions. Instead we have a very large problem with millions of illegals here now (by most estimates), with more coming all the time. Nothing should be done that might encourage even more unlawful immigration, harsh as that may seem to some.

It's pretty simple, really.

kyledeb Author Profile Page said:

Dear Eh,

First of all. Welcome to Citizen Orange. I don't know if you're new here or not, but people of all different viewpoints are welcome here as long as they are interested in working towards solutions. Deporting all undocumented migrants, and attrition through enforcement are not real solutions, they are horrific solutions. If you want to get past that, though, you're welcome to stay and discuss.

Saying all of this you're post above is textbook nativism. Nativism is when you discriminate against someone just because of the country they were born in. Unauthorized migrant youth eligible for the DREAM Act are in many ways, just as "American" as the next person. It's the only country they have ever known. To say they deserve it less than U.S. citizens, is pure and simple nativism.

Furthermore, it's not a zero sum game. In Massachusetts, for example, in-state tuition for undocumented youth actually pumps money into the higher education system, it doesn't take anything away.

kyledeb Author Profile Page said:

Sweet. This post got a link from Think Progress:
http://thinkprogress.org/2010/08/17/mccain-claims-no-flip/

Yup, McCain has flip-flopped again on this, making me feel like an idiot for writing this post. :)

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