An immigration enforcement advocacy organization finds it "mindboggling" that a Republican would team up with a Democrat in introducing a DREAM Act amnesty that would benefit young illegal immigrants.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), who is chairman of the Judiciary Committee, joined Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) last week in introducing the DREAM Act of 2019 (S.874). The legislation would grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens already in the U.S. while doing nothing to stop the surge of new illegal immigration pouring across the borders.
Understandably, Graham lauded his bill:
"These young people have lived in America since they were children and built their lives here …. We should not squander these young people's talents. Our legislation would allow these young people – who grew up in the United States – to contribute more fully to this country. They have a powerful story to tell and this may be an area where both parties can come together."
Dave Ray, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, doesn't see it quite that way.
"It's mindboggling that, as the nation's borders are hemorrhaging under a strain of illegal immigration unseen in more than a decade, a Republican and Democrat would get together and introduce an amnesty bill that will do nothing more than to further incentivize illegal immigration," Ray tells OneNewsNow.
"It is unconscionable and dangerous to be introducing an amnesty at the time that the Border Patrol is already at the breaking point."
However, it is fortunate, says Ray, that the DREAM Act has been a perpetual loser and will likely be voted down again in this Congress.
He argues that the focus must be on securing the borders, ending asylum abuse, and closing legal loopholes that are contributing to the surge of unaccompanied minors and family units from Central America.
This isn't the first time Graham and Durbin have teamed up on a DREAM Act: they introduced the DREAM Act of 2017; and it was included in the 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill authored by the "Gang of Eight," of which both senators were a part.