After graduating in June with a degree in social work from Eastern Washington University, a 24-year-old Tacoma woman — the first in her family to go to college — returned to the campus this week to begin pursuing a master's degree.
After that, she'll probably seek her doctorate.
She acknowledges that she's only delaying the inevitable, knowing that as an illegal immigrant she won't find employment as a social worker.
Going to school is a way to "kill time, while I wait for something to give," said the woman, who asked that her name not be used.
The break she seeks could come this week, if the U.S. Senate votes on an amendment to a Department of Defense spending bill allowing illegal immigrants to earn legal status by enrolling in college or entering the military for two years.
This is exactly the sort of bleeding heart bills the Democrats are famous for. It is in the same mold as minimum wage, SCHIP, and Title IX. They pick a victim, someone that is sympathetic, and they make a bill that sides with the victim. This is a tried and true political strategy and DREAM is no different.
Make no mistake folks. Once there is a path to citizenship for illegals, any illegals, more of them will flood in. I have long ago compared illegal immigration to Pavlov's work with mice. It all comes down to motivation. If illegals think their kids can get citizenship, more of them will be motivated to come here. Any bill, any act, that creates more motivation for future illegal immigrants to come to this country is one that furthers this crisis. This is just such a bill.
There is more though. According to Numbers USA, the bill is being brought for a vote under the cover of darkness. Here is how Numbers USA described it in their email.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has invoked Rule 14 on the new stand-alone DREAM Act amnesty! That means he is setting up Senate procedure to spring the amnesty at any time without hearings or committee action.As anyone reading this, the forces for unfettered illegal immigration are Dick Durbin, Chuck Hagel, Richard Lugar, and Harry Reid. These Senators need to hear from the American people. Expect the forces of illegal immigration to call those of us that favor the rule of law: racist, heartless, nativist, and Anti Hispanic.
For the Majority Leader to invoke Rule 14 means that he can bring a bill to a floor without it going through the debate and markup of a committee.
Rosemary Jenks, our NumbersUSA Director of Government Relations, says, "Generally when Rule 14 is invoked, it means the leadership intends to have a vote on the bill in fairly short order."
Under the rule, the amnesty bill (S. 2205) can be brought up as early as Tuesday.
The rule also allows Sen. Reid to wait until our forces are distracted and bring it at any time in the future at the spur of the moment.
So, we need all of you hitting up your Senators' offices all over again starting Monday with phone calls and faxes.
Besides Reid, the chief culprits in this mess are Senate Assistant Majority Leader Durbin (D-Ill.), Sen. Hagel (R-Neb.) and Sen. Lugar (R-Ind.). I hope you will feel free from anywhere in the country to let these four Senators know how you feel about their aggressive leadership to pass this amnesty.
It is very easy to take the compassionate position, but it is also, in this case, the worst kind of policy. In this case, it is also politically astute. Whoever gets this law passed will also be able to pick up millions of new voters to register and vote for them. Bad policy can be exposed for what it is. There are exponentially more people hurt by the cancer that is illegal immigration and we all need to be aware, alert, and most importantly active. It has been a bad couple of weeks for all of us that want the cancer of illegal immigration to be dealt with. The bill to end sanctuary cities was defeated in the Senate (with only one Democrat voting to end sanctuary cities). In my homestate, Illinois, there is a bill going through the State Senate that will allow illegals to get driver's licenses. Now, we have a bill that will give millions of illegals a path to citizenship.
That is why I am asking everyone that reads this to go to the link and write each of the Senators. Tell them it is unacceptable to make a path to citizenship for any illegal alien, no matter how they became illegal. It is bad policy, that perpetuates the problem, and you won't stand for it. Here is the link.
UPDATE: Here is my letter to Senator Durbin
All right everyone, now follow my lead and write these Senators yourself and then post what you wrote in the comments.
I understand that you are heading up the movement to find a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal aliens. I guess you didn't get the message in the last debate over amnesty.
I have no doubt that you think you can trot out a bunch of poor helpless people who came here illegally along with their parents. You can probably make the case that being illegal isn't their fault. You probably think you have another issue like SCHIP.
You are wrong. People despise the concept of illegal immigration, and they despise anything that makes it more prevalent. You were one of forty plus Democratic Senators last week that voted against making sanctuary cities, among which Chicago my hometown is one, illegal. That is shameful. Sanctuary cities make it easier for CRIMINAL illegal aliens to continue to operate in our country.
Now, you want to give millions of people who aren't legally in this country a pathway to being legal. That is no less shameful and all of us that still believe in the rule of law will not forget.
About 26 years ago, I came here with my parents from the Soviet Union. My parents applied for emigration the day after the Soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979 and we didn't finally make it out of the Soviet Union until almost two years later. In the meantime, we were shunned, my dad lost his job, and we nearly went broke, but my parents never broke any laws. They waited patiently through the process despite their own hardship.
By proposing such an abhorrent law you spit in the face of those like my parents who went through the process honestly and fairly. By passing the DREAM Act, you tell my parents, and everyone else that came here through the legal process, that their struggle was unnecessary and stupid. They all could have accomplished the same thing by merely breaking the law.
Our nation has laws and it has sovereignty. We cannot allow people to enter illegally and we cannot reward illegal behavior with citizenship. If we do, we only encourage more of it. I hope you think about this when you continue with your DREAM Act proposal.