Not content with their minor victory in California - where the onetime "illegal alien" Governator once again pulled up the drawbridge behind him, denying thousands of children of fellow immigrants the ability to follow their American dream - the wingnut brigades are once again beginning to beat their war drums over the impending federal DREAM Act legislation.
While there has been no confirmed schedule for the Senate to take up Sen Dick Durbin's Dream Act legislation that would allow millions of students, brought here as children by undocumented parents, the ability to earn legal status through attending college or serving in the military, wingnut groups like NumbersUSA and the John Birch Society have claimed that DREAM could come to the floor any day now.
Now, I usually take what these nutcases say with the same skepticism I reserve for carnival fortune tellers and tent-show faithhealers ….but just to be safe, we should keep our eyes and ears open.
You can read a copy of the most current version of Durbin's bill, SA 2919 here
As to the vote numbers right now:
NumbersUSA claims they have 21 confirmed against the amendment:
By my count we have somewhere around 45 confirmed yes votes so far.
With that said, here's my hot-list of those undecided Senators that most need to be contacted. There will a National Call-In Day action for DREAM when the bill comes up for consideration... I'll be posting details shortly.
-DUKE'S HOT 19 -
Murkowski (R-AK) 202-244-6665
Stevens (R-AK) 202224-3004
Pryor (D-AR) 202-224-2353
Martinez (R-FL) 202-224-3041
Inouye (D-HI) 202-224-3934
Brownback (R-KS) 202-224-6521
Landieu (D-LA) 202-224-5824
Collins (R-ME) 202-224-2523
Snowe (R-ME) 202-224-5344
Conrad (D-ND) 202-224-2043
Dorgan (D-ND) 202-224-2551
Dominici (R-NM) 202-224-6621
Voinovich (R-OH) 202-224-3353
Smith (R-OR) 202-224-3753
Graham (R-SC) 202-224-5972
Johnson (D-SD) 202-224-5842
Cornyn (R-TX) 202-224-2934
Rockefeller (D-VA) 202-224-6472
And just in case you forgot what this fight is really all about …..take a minute to listen to the story of yet another DREAM Act student:
More about the DREAM Act: