Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Malkin has post up about how Majority Whip Durbin (D-IL) plans to re-introduce the provisions of the "DREAM Act" as an amendment to the present Iraq funding bill. Sen. Hagel (R-NE) and Sen. Lugar (R-IN) are co-sponsors of this amendment. Other sponsors include Bayh, Obama, Lieberman, Leahy, Boxer, Feinstein, Clinton, Menendez, Feingold, Kerry and Cantwell. Durbin lays out the provisions of this measure:

What I tried to do several years ago was to write a law to take into consideration these young people. It is called the DREAM Act. The DREAM Act was a part of this comprehensive immigration reform bill. Here is what it says: If you came to the United States before the age of 16, if you have lived in this country for at least 5 years, if you graduate from high school, and then if you will complete either 2 years of college or 2 years of service in the military, we will give you an opportunity for legal status in America.

Durbin also claims that the Pentagon has helped with the drafting of this legislation. In his discussion of this measure, he praises the "diversity" of non-citizen soldiers and says how their numbers could be use to ensure that the military has enough soldiers.