Normally it’s not worth wasting pixels on the meanderings of Sarah Palin, but her comments the other day at Ellis Island about the DREAM Act are worth noting.
The immigrants of the past, they had to literally and figuratively stand in line and follow rules to become U.S. citizens. I’d like to see that continue. And unfortunately, the DREAM Act kind of usurps that-the system that is a legal system to make sure that immigrants who want to be here legally, working hard, producing and supplying revenue and resources for their families, that they’re able to do that right and legally. Unfortunately, the DREAM Act doesn’t accomplish that.
All that means is that — surprise — she has no clue as to what she’s talking about. The DREAM Act does not apply to undocumented workers; it applies to their children who had no say in whether or not they are in the country legally or otherwise.
Actually, the DREAM Act aims to accomplish precisely what Palin described. Under the DREAM Act bill that Republicans killed last December, applicants would have had to go through a rigorous process of background checks, in addition to paying taxes, learning English, and either serving in the military or attending college. They would have then received a “conditional nonimmigrant” status and would be required to “stand in line” for ten years before being granted legal immigrant status. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the same bill would reduce the deficit by $1.4 billion over ten years.
It doesn’t really matter what she thinks, actually. She’s not going to run for president; she couldn’t take the pay cut, and why ruin a good gig by having to take on serious responsibilities such as reading up on what you’re supposed to know about to do the job? But it’s rotten of her to trash something like the DREAM Act just so she could use Ellis Island as a prop for her act.