imageWashington D.C.- Congressman Steve King (R-IA) today issued the following statement after writing the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to request the release of its current scoring of the DREAM Act. Press reports indicate that Senate Democrats may be blocking a release of the score to cover-up the true costs of the legislation to the public. At least one published report suggests that CBO has scored the DREAM Act, legislation which rewards a defined class of illegal aliens with amnesty, as carrying a $20 billion cost.

“There are reports that Senate Democrats are covering-up an analysis showing that granting illegal aliens amnesty under the DREAM Act will cost upwards of $20 billion,” said King. “If these reports are true, Democrats are willfully misleading Members of Congress, and the American public, about the costs of their open-borders agenda in order to secure support for their controversial amnesty legislation.”

“Since Congress may vote on the DREAM Act as early as tomorrow, I have contacted CBO’s Director, Douglas Elmendorf, to request that he release the current scoring of the bill prior to Congress voting on the matter. Democrats know that the American public will not tolerate the passage of a $20 billion giveaway program for illegal aliens, and Democrats should not be allowed to conceal a score they don’t like. CBO has a responsibility to ensure that Members of Congress have the information they need to make an informed vote on the legislation, and should release their current analysis of the DREAM Act immediately.”

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  1. The Migration Policy Institute estimates that 2.1 million illegal aliens could be immediately eligible for legalization should the DREAM Act pass into law.

    Not one of these bills has been reviewed by the Judiciary Committee, nor have Senators been provided with a (CBO) Congressional Budget Office score. This Sly game makes it nearly impossible for members of this body, and their constituents, to properly review and consider the legislation prior to a vote. It is an abuse of the process and on that basis alone members ought to oppose cloture. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) contacted the Congressional Budget Office today requesting a score of either the House version of the DREAM Act (H.R.1751) or the most recent Senate version (S.3992). Sen. Vitter’s request is similar to one made last night by Ranking Member of the House Immigration Subcommittee Steve King (R-Iowa) says the DREAM Act could cost as much as $20 billion.

    Sen. Jeff Sessions letter dated Dec. 2, 2010 addressed a letter to his Senate colleagues urging them to oppose the DREAM Act.
    Sen. Sessions also discussed the weaknesses of the DREAM Act by highlighting:

    * the ability for individuals who qualify for the DREAM Act to sponsor their family members for (LPR) Lawful Permanent Resident or Legal Permanent Resident status once they (students) themselves have received LPR status;
    * individuals with criminal histories can qualify for the DREAM Act amnesty, and the Secretary of Homeland Security has the authority to waive eligibility requirements;
    * DREAM Act applicants receive an immediate stay of removal proceedings, creating a safe harbor for illegal aliens facing deportation; and
    * DREAM Act applicants don’t need to complete college or fulfill their military service in order to receive LPR status. Call your Three Members of Congress through the Capitol Hill switchboard: 202-224-3121.

  2. S.3992 is not up yet. I got this from S.3827:

    SEC. 7. EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION.

    (a) In General- The Secretary of Homeland Security shall have exclusive jurisdiction to determine eligibility for relief under this Act, except where the alien has been placed into deportation, exclusion, or removal proceedings either prior to or after filing an application for relief under this Act, in which case the Attorney General shall have exclusive jurisdiction and shall assume all the powers and duties of the Secretary until proceedings are terminated, or if a final order of deportation, exclusion, or removal is entered the Secretary shall resume all powers and duties delegated to the Secretary under this Act.

    It sounds like Janet Napolitano and Eric Holder get to ultimately decide who is gets amnesty. So here is a possible path for Obama to grant mass amnesty by executive order.

    My guess is that the Dream Act is not about education, never was, it was always about adding 10 – 30 million new worker permits in the U.S., tripling unemployment and driving down wages so that a couple of today’s billionaires can become trillionaires. What a stupid and immoral idea!!

  3. And what about the ones that pay taxes and dont get any of the benefits that you mention, it is very uninformed and ignorant to say that passing such an incredibly amazing act would cost that much if now the people are benefited from this will also become tax payers, it may cost that much but at the end of the day it is logically nothing because the money is going to come from the people that will benefit from this as tax money. A country of 300,000,000+ cannot go bank corrupt becuse of only 10% of it. Learn some math before you get into this argument.

  4. Call -OUR- Congress @ 866 220 0044–>TELL THEM –
    NO->DREAM ACT–>AMNESTY !
    Demand -OUR- IMMIGRATION LAWS BE ENFORCED !
    E-verify for -ALL- JOBS & GOV`t. PROGRAMS !
    287g->NATIONWIDE to FIND & DEPORT -ALL- ILLEGAL ALIENS !
    ATTRITION THROUGH ENFORCEMENT !
    -ALL- illegal aliens are CRIMINALS !
    Send -OUR- congress “free faxes” @ http://www.capsweb.orghttp://www.numbersusa.com !
    Learn more @ http://www.americanpatrol.com 0r http://humboldt.craigslist.org/pol/2041490845.html !
    thanks
    GOD BLESS THE U.S.!!!

      1. If the DREAM Act is passed, thousands of young people who are living in the shadows and unable to fuller contribute to our economy will be able to attend college ($$$), work legally ($$$), drive ($$$), and/or join the military ($$$).

        The funny thing is that the article that we’re commenting on was trumpeting the CBO analysis yesterday, when rumors were circulating about a large deficit. Now that the true analysis is public, all of the commenters are blasting it.

        Why even bother consulting statistics? Just make up whatever number sounds good. It doesn’t seem like most commenters here would care.

  5. “The Secretary of Homeland Security shall have exclusive jurisdiction to determine eligibility for relief under this Act”. With Janet Nepalitano in charge, God help us.

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