Orrin Hatch was a creative choice for Saturday’s Republican retort to a week of presidential debt ceiling harangues. In July 2003, Hatch unveiled the DREAM Act, a bill that Democrats are twisting to justify education and job creation spending. Hatch has since washed his hands of the DREAM Act, but in 2003 he told us:
What these critics overlook, however, is that without the DREAM Act, illegal immigrant children simply do not have the means nor the incentive to obtain a higher education.1
The means are still a big problem, a point not lost on Democrats eager for spending money. Education and federal job creation projects are central to President Obama’s costly reelection platform, and the DREAM Act is the precursor to lots of federal spending. Democrats have promised us a booming economy if we grant amnesty to the children of illegals, but DREAM Act beneficiaries must first finish college while we create their jobs. Middle class Americans should mull over what this means for their kids’ futures. Those who vote Democratic should also think about who will benefit most from proposed tax increases that have brought Washington to a midsummer halt.
The Hispanic White House website promotes education spending that will benefit illegal immigrants regardless of the DREAM Act’s fate, because illegals already receive a free public education. In Winning the Future: Improving Education for the Latino Community, a section titled “Reforming American Schools for Latino Students” details targeted spending. $30 million in grants went to Promise Neighborhoods in 2011, with $150 million more requested for 2012. $4 billion goes to School Improvement Grants. $800 million in Innovation Fund (i3) spending will benefit underperforming students.2
The July 2011 White House Hispanic Policy Conference reaffirmed that:
The success of our nation and the success of the Hispanic community are one and the same and our ability to win the future—to out innovate, out educate and out build our competitors—will depend greatly on the success of the Hispanic community.3
The president’s goal of producing five million college graduates by 2020 was reaffirmed at the conference. If we succumb to Mr. Obama’s demands for tax increases, then we should demand that the proceeds directly benefit taxpaying Americans, not opportunistic illegals.
Vice President Biden’s Middle Class Task Force recently launched a “College Affordability and Transparency Center,” which gives users information on the costs of attending college. States are broke, and college costs are a problem:
In his State of the Union address last year, the President called on colleges to do a better job of keeping costs down. Additionally, state budget constraints present increasing challenges for affordability. Too often the answer has been to cut aid to public colleges and increase tuition, pushing the financial burden on families already struggling to make ends meet.4
Keeping costs down is not the same thing as spreading money around for political support. Democrats and Cabinet officials bemoaning the plight of the middle class can still find reasons to spend on illegal immigrants. In testimony supporting the DREAM Act, Education Secretary Arne Duncan argued that in-state tuition is not sufficient to make college affordable for illegals. The answer is more spending:
That’s why the federal government needs to offer low-cost loans and work-study opportunities and the potential for permanent resident status to our young people.5
If the administration had any regard for where the money for public education comes from, discussion of financial assistance for illegal immigrants would be off the table. We keep hearing about the tax revenue that will be generated by passing the DREAM Act. $1.4 billion is a popular figure for the revenue gains, and was cited by Duncan in his testimony. The Congressional Budget Office projected that the DREAM Act will create a $5 billion deficit after 2020 because of insurance exchange and entitlement spending, a warning that is conveniently ignored by supporters.6
Democratic voters having trouble making ends meet while the president demands money for education and job creation projects that will benefit illegals should think hard about where they fit into Mr. Obama’s plans. If the president has his way, we will no longer be a nation of Americans. We will become Obama’s Nation of Immigrants, and the ones who stand the most to gain are the ones who have no right to be here.