DEAR LEO PUSATERI,
Hi! It's Jim again, speaking for Roy and the rest of our NumbersUSA team.
This is your Action Alert on the new Dream Act crisis, so please read it all. There are several actions at the end of the letter. Please do each of them today.
Late last week we learned several pieces of our opponents' strategy for this year:
- The Los Angeles Times reported that foundations controlled by billionaire George Soros and others have put together an $18 million war chest to push through a GENERAL AMNESTY this year.
- The "Dream Act" amnesty for illegal alien high school grads has been reintroduced. The open borders crowd expects this least offensive (to some people) amnesty to break NumbersUSA's eight-year perfect record on defeating amnesties.
- An aide to Harry Reid told the Los Angeles Times that the fix is in: "comprehensive immigration reform," which we know to contain a GENERAL AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS will be brought to the floor of the Senate this Fall. So you see, they are hoping to amnesty the kids with "Dream Act," then follow up by amnestying their parents, aunts, and acquaintances, a few months later.
Leo, it's obvious that if we don't "up our game," we're going to "get rolled."
Many first-time donors to NumbersUSA stepped have stepped forward this month to help us even the odds against the open borders lobby. But take a glance at the thermometer graphic and you'll see we still have a ways to go just to maintain our usual level of leadership and activism.
So if you have never yet made a gift to NumbersUSA, please donate now! We really need your financial help to defeat these amnesties.
Let me remind you about the "Dream Act." It's an amnesty for illegal aliens who graduate from high school in the U.S. The immigration grievance lobbies argue that it wasn't the fault of these kids that their parents brought them illegally into this country. Therefore, they say, these young people should be given an automatic path to citizenship, in-state tuition at universities, and the whole galaxy of other social benefits that only citizens are entitled to.
We object strongly! Every time someone is rewarded for breaking the law, bad things result. First, millions more persons will be tempted to illegally cross our borders, and bring their children with them. Secondly, government resources are scarce. Every subsidized slot at a state university given to an illegal alien is one less we ultimately will be able to give to a current American citizen.
And then there are those who really couldn't give a shit:
On March 26, 2009, the "Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act" was introduced in both the House and the Senate. Opponents of the Act are already starting to flood Congress with messages and phone calls, unleashing their unrestrained fury. Show them that your voice cannot be drowned out. Express your support of the DREAM Act now by sending a message to your members of Congress and urging them to cosponsor the DREAM Act!
"The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) remains committed to advancing the DREAM Act as a part of comprehensive immigration reform. We see this as the first step in the upcoming immigration debate in Congress. Our country is deprived when hardworking immigrant youth are unable to pursue a college education and contribute to our economy. These students have extraordinary potential, and we must cultivate it to address the challenges before us," said Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO.
It is only with your help that we will succeed. NCLR and our allies have already launched a wave of phone calls and faxes in support of the DREAM Act. Help us build more strength by sending an email to your member of Congress now! Forward this message to five of your friends.
Thank you for your support!
NCLR, of course, meaning National Council of LaRaza.