Senators Nelson & Martinez co-sponsor "THE DREAM ACT"
(A Dream or a Nightmare?)
By Carolyn Cormey
Our Florida US Senators - Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Mel Martinez - have reached across the political isle to co-sponsor the latest 2009 version of "The Dream Act." In these hard economic times when all of us are tightening our belts and making hard cuts to our family financial budgets, our two US Senators are joining hands in a bi-partisan effort to co-sponsor a bill that will bring economic relief, hope and brighter future to . . . . . . . . illegal aliens?
Special Educational Benefits ONLY for Illegal Aliens:
Fast-Track Citizenship For Illegal Aliens:
The Dream Act also specifically forbids any legal action against illegal aliens based on the information they provide in their application and sets forth large monetary fines for anyone who shares that information with other legal authorities (except if related to terrorism or to the corner if applicant dies). The Dream Act also sets forth some penalties for illegal aliens who fraudulently make application but says little about even the most minimal documentation that may be required to substantiate claims or declarations made by the illegal aliens that they have met the requirements set forth in the Act. It is also quite interesting that in listing the circumstances under which illegal aliens may qualify, the Dream Act specifically states that illegal aliens who have remained in our country in defiance of a final administrative or judicial order of exclusion, deportation or removal - ARE NOT EXCLUDED from this program. By virtue of defying deportation and remaining illegally in our country they can apply and can qualify for educational benefits and the built-in pathway to citizenship the Act provides - while illegal aliens who have obeyed deportation will not be eligible. Huh?!!!
In Florida here is what the Dream Act will look like:
(These figures were taken off the University of Florida Financial Services web page for fees for the 2008-2009 total per credit hour (unit) fees)
The priorities of our two Florida US Senators:
This Bill has already been introduced in both the Senate and House and the Majority Party Leaders will put this onto the agenda for vote as soon as they have secured the votes they need to quickly pass the Dream Act, with as little fan fare as possible, before we even notice it happening.
You may want to give your opinions to our Florida Senators Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez on whether you think that this special treatment of illegal aliens (not extended to voters and their children or grandchildren) is a DREAM come true or another nightmare we must silently pay for as our legislators put a higher priority on satisfying illegal alien special interest groups - than using the money to increase benefits to struggling citizens who can no longer afford to let their children attend the college or university in another state that specializes in their field of interest.
Your calls and input to our Senators has stopped and redirected legislation before. You can find the contact information for Senators Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez at www.contactingthecongress.org and be certain to also give them a call through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
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