SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

November 14, 2012

Letter: Commending Scott Brown's vote against DREAM Act


The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

This is a response to Kerry Mackin’s criticism of Sen. Scott Brown’s vote against the DREAM Act.

Does Mackin or anyone else know what the DREAM Act is and how it came about? On two occasions, Congress refused to pass the DREAM Act. President Barack Obama, apparently for the sake of political expediency, has simply decided to ignore Congress and decree the DREAM Act law on his own authority. Does this smack of dictatorship? Even Obama admitted this was illegal, thus to justify it, the administration used the loophole of “prosecutional discretion,” a legal principle in which they stated that they can lay off enforcement of immigration law against “DREAMers.” That is, the administration ordered the Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents to employ lax enforcement toward illegal aliens claiming to be in the DREAM category, without proof.

The president of the National ICE Council stated that illegal aliens have been released because of their claims, without proof that they were DREAMers. He also stated that there had been an alien arrested on several felony charges, only one of which was related to this immigration status. The prosecutors said that he was a DREAMer and to release him. The aliens do not have to prove anything. The Obama administration have maintained that illegals who have committed crimes other than breaking the immigration law would not be eligible for the DREAM amnesty.

The other part of the DREAM Act was for illegals to prove that they arrived in the U.S. under the age of 16 and are under the age of 31. They also must show that they are high school graduates or are working on a high school degree. ... There is nothing in the act that they have to graduate after enrolling in a school. Therefore, an illegal can enroll and stay for a day or two and then drop out.

Rep. Steve King is preparing a lawsuit against the edict, and Rep. Ben Quayle introduced legislation in the House, H.R. 5953, to stop the amnesty. To support them, write to your House members and ask them to support the lawsuit and the bill. ... Thus, I say kudos to Sen. Brown for voting against the DREAM Act.

Faye Gardner

Danvers