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Napolitano urges Congress to pass DREAM Act

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is seen at the Blair House across from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, before President Barack Obama spoke with newly elected governors. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is seen at the Blair House across from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, before President Barack Obama spoke with newly elected governors. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano urged Congress Thursday to pass legislation allowing some foreign-born young people who were illegally brought to the U.S. as children to become legal residents.

The law would help Napolitano’s department focus on deporting immigrants with criminal records, she said.

The Senate failed in September to pass what’s known as the DREAM Act. The bill is in the pile of legislation awaiting action in the final days of the current Congress and it’s unclear whether lawmakers will vote on it again before the year ends.

The bill applies to immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before 16, have been in the country at least five years and have a U.S. high school diploma or equivalent. It would let them become U.S. residents after they’ve spent two years in college or the military.

Napolitano said it doesn’t make sense for her department to spend time and resources prosecuting young people who don’t have criminal records and who didn’t have a say in when they came to this country.

“What makes sense is to allow these young people a way to adjust their immigration status that is firm but fair,” Napolitano told reporters during a White House-organized conference call. President Barack Obama also supports the bill.

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3 comments

  1. If the Dream Act becomes reality, it will be an open door to getting a
    regular amnesty passed in congress soon.
    The Dream Act gives these students a jump ahead of the other
    people who want to come into our country. It should be on a
    first come first serve basis only.
    How do we know that these students would go to college or even
    sign up for college?
    How do we know how many felons would be allowed to have
    amnesty with this bill?
    The Dream Act is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a bill that is nothing but a
    lead in to a full amnesty for millions and millions and millions of folks
    who do not have much more than an 8th grade education and cannot
    speak English.

    Kathryn Kobor
    Phx AZ

  2. Oh, Kathryn, you are soooooo correct. Put everyone who has been standing in line, and doing the proper things to become a legal citizen, and put these ILLEGALS right up in front. How awful, period!! Most people seem to forget that in any OTHER country in the world, this would NOT be happening.

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