Nativism: September 2010 Archives
You might remember David Cho from when he wrote a DREAM Now Letter for Citizen Orange.
Alas, now he's moved onto bigger and better things. Yesterday, he was featured in the Wall Street Journal. He's got the lede and the last line in the article:
LOS ANGELES--David Cho, an honor student and leader of the UCLA marching band, plans to join the U.S. Air Force after he graduates in the spring--if Congress lets him.
Mr. Cho is among the potential beneficiaries of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors bill--informally known as the Dream Act--that would give some illegal immigrants a shot at becoming U.S. citizens.
Currently, students like Mr. Cho come of age in the U.S. without the right to legally work, join the military or receive federal loans for education. Most of these children had no say in their families' decision to settle illegally in the U.S. Generally, they have not been targeted for deportation, unless they have criminal records.
Senator George LeMieux (R-FL) is starting to feel the heat of pro-migrant voters, specifically Latino voters. Tonight, Univision will air a debate in which current Florida governor and U.S. Senate nominee Charlie Crist will come out in support of the DREAM Act. The day before yesterday, Representive Kendrick Meek (D-FL), and also a nominee for U.S. Senate, hand delivered a letter to LeMieux. This part of Meek's letter says it all:
The nativist noise machine is gearing up for a vote on the DREAM Act after Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-NV) announced he would introduce it as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act as early as next week.