Current Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack, writing at the official blog of the USDA, offers "The DREAM Act for Our Rural Communities and Our Nation". Not only is the DREAM Act anti-American - it would let the illegal aliens covered by the bill take college educations away from U.S. citizens - but he misleads about the details of the bill.
I left the following comment which at post time has not been approved:
One of the foreign treats Vilsack helped introduce into IA was foreign street gangs, something they hadn't seen before.
He's also lying above:
1. They aren't necessarily the "children of undocumented immigrants". They themselves are illegal aliens, and children and parents can have different statuses.
2. They could have "[chosen] to come here". There's no restriction that them coming here be involuntary, and some older children cross on their own.
3. Those covered would only be "the best and the brightest" in the broadest sense possible. The education requirements are minimal.
4. Vilsack lies about or doesn't understand what it means to "qualify for the DREAM Act". It would grant conditional legal status to 1 to 2 million.
And, this part is especially ironic: "And many of the best minds in their high school classes choose to pursue opportunities away from home."
The DA isn't just an anti-American bill that would deprive some U.S. citizens of college. It's also an anti-Mexico bill and a bill that doesn't represent good policy for other sending countries. It would continue braindraining the Third World and depriving those countries of the people they need. If all the Mexican citizens who'd be covered by the DA returned home they could help that country be a bit less dysfunctional, and that would help the U.S. far more than any benefits we'd receive from them staying here.
The DA also represents the political elites turning their backs on their fellow citizens and supporting taking away educational resources from Americans in order to give them to foreign citizens who are here illegally.
Vilsack and the rest of the Obama administration need to remember who they're supposed to be working for.
UPDATE: It took until the next day or the day after that, but the USDA did publish the comment above.
Thu, 12/16/2010 - 21:59 · Importance: 4