May 1st has come and gone, and we’re all wondering what the heck is going on.Â Are we “beginning” to work on immigration reform? Is the DREAM Act on the map? Is the White House interested? Is this country well on its way to being a police state? Is the Senate interested? Do Republicans care?Â Will DreamActivist.org ever have a dating service?
All of these are relevant questions. Let’s sort through the sound bites.
First, some statements from the White House:
We need bipartisan support.Â But it can be done.Â And it needs to be done.Â So I was pleased to see a strong proposal for comprehensive reform presented in the Senate last week â€”- and I was pleased that it was based on a bipartisan framework.Â I want to begin work this year, and I want Democrats and Republicans to work with me — because weâ€™ve got to stay true to who we are, a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.
Barack Obama, May 5, 2010“
This is not going to pass without Republican support.Â This is not going to pass without the people that have been involved in this effort in years past, pledging their support now. Its passage is going be dependent upon whether or not we can find Republicans who have shared this viewpoint in the past and are ready willing and able to work on this legislation in the present.”
Robert Gibbs, May 6, 2010
Any word from the Senate?Â Senator Schumer, please…
“[t]his reform, however, cannot pass unless members from both sides of the aisle work together to reach a compromise.Â Consequently, I also ask that you publicly call on Senators mcCain and Kyl to immediately begin discussions with me to enact comprehensive immigration reform legislation before enactment of SB 1070 becomes necessary.”
In a letter from Senator Schumer to Governor Jan Brewer, May 6, 2010
It’s pretty clear.Â No Republican-supported legislation means a snowball’s chance in hell of passing.Â And I have yet to meet a snowball who can make it in hell.
It looks like the Senate’s conceptual-virtual-atomic-holographic immigration proposal is a snowball.Â Why? Because it was presented by Senators Reid, Durbin, Schumer, Menendez, and Feinstein at the press conference, with Senator Graham, the Republican who had been taking the lead on immigration, notably absent.Â Like a friend who has caught on to the fact that you’ve invited him to hang out to make your ex jealous,Â he has left the party. Fact: I have never done this.
So if there’s no Republican on board, Obama will not be moving forward with immigration reform. He wants to “begin” the work, but not without bipartisan framework- because it won’t pass. Gibbs speaks a little more plainly, as seen above. It’s a numbers game.
But are we really sad about the fact that the Senate’s enforcement-heavy immigration framework isn’t going anywhere?Â Given that it’s based on the same tough enforcement principles as Arizona’s SB 1070, not so much.Â Puhlease.Â This is the DREAM campaign.Â We’ve got standards.Â We don’t date enforcement sleazebags who say they care about you, but never call. We want immigration reform based on family, education, equality, and hard work.Â We want the DREAM Act.
Speaking of which… dang, the DREAM Act is looking fine.Â All dressed up, but currently, with nowhere to go.Â We have to find the DREAM Act a date. The clock is ticking, and the DREAM Act isn’t getting any younger.Â Before people lower their standards and accept enforcement, before people lower their standards and accept police states, before people lower their standards and accept government intrusiveness, we must pass the DREAM Act and set a new standard for immigration reform.Â We’re running out of time.
Call your senators, and tell them not to date a dud. Date the DREAM.Â Pass the DREAM.Â Make real immigration reform.