The prospects for immediate Senate action on the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants, disappeared Wednesday amid Republican opposition.Reid apparently did not have the 60 votes needed to attach the furtive provision. This is a meaningful victory. The establishment tried a conventional assault in the open field against the American public that resulted in a stunning victory for an army almost entirely devoid of well-known leaders (what percentage of the public could have named one of Alabama's Senators, the sovereignty side's heroic panjandrum, before last May?).
So the open border forces opted for guerrilla tactics. They'd slip it in under the public's collective nose, as a quid pro quo for thrashing GOP lawmakers stuck with the war in Iraq who feel their only political option is to dig in their heels and hope to spend their way out of the mess. The outcry was not as vociferous as it had been last spring, but enough of the public's scouts sniffed out the trouble and sounded the tocsin in time to force an amnesty troop withdrawal.
Vigilance being the eternal price, the war is far from over:
Durbin and immigrant rights advocates were dismayed by the setback but vowed to find other means to pass the legislation, which they have sought since 2001.Tautologically, Munoz is right, in the sense that at least a few of the migrants hoping to gain in-state tuition are 'talented', but the same logic suggests it would be more expedient to simply annex Mexico. Per capita measurements are what determine the quality of life, and in virtually every category considered, unfettered Hispanic immigration is pushing them in the wrong direction.
"There is no question that this issue doesn't stop here," said Cecilia Muñoz, senior vice president of the National Council of La Raza. "The longer we wait, the more talented young people we close the door of opportunity to."
The legislation is deeply unpopular:
With conservatives being barraged with calls, faxes and e-mails from anti-illegal immigration groups that view the DREAM Act as amnesty, some Republicans who supported the measure in the past have been reluctant to do so now.A minority of Senators (45-50) voted for the June amnesty. It is not only putative 'conservatives' who are feeling the heat. The American citizenry overwhelmingly favors a reduction in overall immigration, and that sentiment is only going to accrete in the face of looming clouds over the economic horizon.
That the reaction is so widespread illustrates how, well, truly widespread it is, as the opposition does not constitute the typical anarchist or far-left street protester. It's coming from people with families and careers with bloated schedules and all of the concerns of the daily grind on their mind. For each concerned citizen who picks up the phone or fires up the fax machine, many more are sharing his sentiment but taking the time to express themselves.
That is inspirational, but it is also a potential Achilles heel. I am told that Reid has promised to bring the DREAM Act to a vote by mid-November. Those on the sovereignty side with a public forum must not weary.