LatinaLista -- After the Democrats in the Senate decided yesterday to vote no against a cloture vote on the DREAM Act, several news outlets erroneously reported that the bill was dead.
It's not. In fact, it was the smartest move the Democratic leadership could have made. Now, the Senate can just vote on the House DREAM Act bill that was passed rather than try and do the whole process over again in the Senate with a Senate version.
Surprisingly, learned journalist organizations didn't understand the nuances of this tactic. They should have. Yet, once again in the quest to be first in breaking news, these journalist organizations disregarded the basic tenet of journalism -- accuracy. But maybe they can't be fully blamed.
if ever there was an issue constantly lobbed at with distortions and falsehoods, the DREAM Act bill is one.
Time and time again, I have pointed out on Latina Lista that opposition voiced against this bill continuously distorts the truth to scare, confuse and mislead anyone who would be sympathetic to it.
Yet, there's nothing to be afraid of if these students are granted the opportunity to attend school or the military and join the U.S. workforce. It's been calculated by the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation that "enacting the bill would reduce deficits by about $2.2 billion over the 2011-2020 period."
In an economy where programs and services are being cut to the American people, this is a bill that makes sense to ease a scary burden that is going to hurt all of us, except maybe those making over $250,000.
If these young people are denied this opportunity, then that's when real fear should set in.
Because that means hate and discrimination win in this country -- and history shows that when a country succumbs to these destructive forces then the nation's downfall is only a matter of time.
To further combat the destructive lies being perpetuated on Capitol Hill about the DREAM Act, one site, Immigration Impact, created a post answering every argument raised by congressional opponents of the DREAM Act.
It quickly becomes apparent that opposition against the bill has less to do with the merits of it and instead serves an unworthy political agenda.