No More Illegal-Alien Waivers
These entitled DREAM Act agitators need to get in the back of the line.


Michelle Malkin

Open-borders radicalism means never having to apologize for absurd self-contradiction.

The way illegal-alien students on college campuses across the country tell it, America is a cruel, selfish, and racist nation that has never given them or their families a break. Yet despite their bottomless grievances, they’re not going anywhere.

And despite their gripes about being forced “into the shadows,” they’ve been out in the open protesting at media-driven hunger strikes and flooding the airwaves demanding passage of the so-called DREAM Act. This bailout plan would benefit an estimated 2.1 million illegal aliens at an estimated cost of up to $20 billion.

While votes on various DREAM Act proposals are imminent, the Congressional Budget Office has yet to release any official cost scoring. Viva transparency!

To sow more confusion and obfuscate the debate, Democrats in the Senate have foisted four different versions of the bill on the legislative calendar, which all offer variations on the same amnesty theme: Because they arrived here through “no fault of their own,” illegal-alien children deserve federal education access and benefits, plus a conditional pass from deportation and a special path toward green cards and U.S. citizenship for themselves and unlimited relatives.

In a last-ditch attempt to win over fence-sitters, DREAM Act sponsors have tinkered with eligibility requirements. But supporters know that the words on bills’ pages — which hardly anyone will read before voting — don’t matter. Built into the proposals are broad “public interest” waiver powers for the illegal immigration–friendly secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano.

University of Texas–San Antonio student Lucy Martinez embodies the entitlement mentality of the DREAM Act agitators: “We have done lobbying, legislative visits, marches, sit-ins. We are tired of it,” she complained to the San Antonio Express News. The illegal-alien-student hunger strike “is similar to what we go through in our everyday lives — starving without a future.” But neither she nor her peers have been denied their elementary, secondary, or college educations. Neither she nor her peers face arrest for defiantly announcing their illegal status. And for all the hysterical rhetoric about “starving,” the federal government and the federal immigration courts have been overly generous in providing wave after wave of de facto and de jure amnesties allowing tens of millions of illegal border crossers, visa overstayers, and deportation evaders from around the world to live, work, and prosper here in subversion of our laws.

Among the major acts of Congress providing mass pardons and citizenship benefits:

1986: The Immigration and Reform Control Act blanket amnesty for an estimated 2.7 million illegal aliens.

1994: The “Section 245(i)” temporary rolling amnesty for 578,000 illegal aliens.

1997: An extension of the Section 245(i) amnesty.

1997: The Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act for nearly 1 million illegal aliens from Central America.

1998: The Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act amnesty for 125,000 illegal aliens from Haiti.