AMERICA'S VOICE RESEARCH ON IMMIGRATION REFORM

The Ugly Face of the DREAM Act Debate

Published: 12/15/2010

1.     “Let’s wake up, America. Your country is being taken from you and given to somebody else.”—Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), 12/8/10

2.    “If you support this nightmare DREAM Act, you are actually supporting an ‘affirmative action amnesty act’ that rewards people for breaking the law and punishes those who defend America.“—Rep. Steve King (R-IA), 12/8/10

3.    “We have lots of people that sneak across the border that aren’t 16 years old. Some of the accomplished coyotes are under 16 years old. Some of the accomplished drug smugglers are under 16 years old. You have got a murderer down in Mexico that was reported in the news who is—I will call him a serial contract killer that’s just been arrested that apparently—I mean, it’s alleged, and he is not yet convicted, that multiple times he has executed people in the drug wars, and he is 14 years old.”—Rep. Steve King (R-IA), 12/8/10

4.    “[The DREAM Act] will do nothing more than bring millions of more people across our borders illegally, only now they will bring their kids, all of them.”—Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), 12/8/10

5.    “Fraud and corruption is a big business. It is a big business in the countries they are coming from, and it is becoming a bigger business in the country they are coming to, the United States of America. We have been a clean country that respects the rule of law.”—Rep. Steve King (R-IA), 12/8/10

6.    “[T]hose voting for this so-called DREAM Act are voting to relegate the position of nonminority American citizens to behind those who are now in this country illegally.”–Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), 12/8/10

7.    “We all know that the point of this bill is to give amnesty to anyone who is in the country illegally and who is under 30 years old.”—Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), 12/8/10

8.    “H.R. 5281 would allow these individuals, once they are naturalized and become 21 years of age, to exploit our broken system by sponsoring their immediate relatives with no numerical cap. We call that chain migration. In fact, they could each bring in something like 179 other individuals.”—Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA), 12/8/10

9.    “Tonight I would ask the American people to look closely at the vote of their Member of Congress. Was their Member of Congress representing them? Was their Member of Congress representing, and with all good intentions, but representing the interests of someone else?”—Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), 12/8/10

10. [While not technically on the DREAM Act, this quote provides a clear window into the way Rep. Steve King views immigrants] “We need to do a few other things on top of that wall (on the Southern border), and one of them being to put a little bit of wire on top here to provide a disincentive for people to climb over the top or put a ladder there. We could also electrify this wire with the kind of current that would not kill somebody, but it would simply be a discouragement for them to be fooling around with it. We do that with livestock all the time.”—Rep. Steve King (R-IA), 7/13/06

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