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Bridget Johnson


May 8, 2013 - 6:30 am

One forthcoming amendment to the giant immigration reform bill working its way through the Senate aims to nix graduation requirements in the DREAM Act to include younger kids.

The DREAM Act — which provides a five-year path to citizenship for youth who entered the U.S. prior to age 16, have graduated from high school or earned a GED, and earned a college diploma, attended two years of college, or spent four years in the military — was basically enacted via executive fiat last year but is included in the immigration bill crafted by the bipartisan Group of Eight.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) lamented that the bill doesn’t provide this five-year path to citizenship for youth who entered the U.S. as children but are too young to have graduated from high school or completed a GED.

Hence, his “Little Dreamers” amendment.

“The Senate’s bipartisan immigration legislation is a historic step, but it should not exclude the littlest DREAMers – children brought to this country through no fault of their own who are too young to qualify for the five-year pathway to citizenship that the DREAM Act provides,” Blumenthal said. “My amendment would ensure that all child immigrants have the opportunity to achieve the American Dream in the country they call home.”

Currently, children have to wait up to 13 years, just like adults, if they don’t meet DREAM Act requirements. The amendment would allow children who are under the age of 18 upon completing five years of registered provisional status to be eligible to adjust to lawfully permanent resident status and be immediately eligible for citizenship.

Blumenthal cites the support of more than 180 special-interest groups, including the AFL-CIO, ACLU and La Raza.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Who were Mr. Rubio, Gutierrez and Grijalva trying to kid???HUH??? See, they're saying "make it a via crucis for adult illegal aliens to gain citizenship through amnesty"...BUT in reality, THEY allow all "anchor babies' speedy paths to citizenship. See, that's why they're called "anchor babies!!" They "anchor" illegal alien adult parents.
1)When "anchor babies" reach adult age status...
2)they can legally apply for their illegal alien parents for LPR status,
3)adjustment of status, and finally
This last takes less than ONE YEAR...not the 10 years or so Sen McCain is wont to say. See, even he and his other fellow legislators are pulling a fast one..."anchor babies" will flood already waiting LEGAL ALIENS with 55 million or more ILLEGAL ALIEN applicants for LPR and subsequent NATURALIZATION (citizenship) and welfare of every shape, size and form. Well, those ILLEGAL ALIENS 65 and older are already receiving Social Security...regularly, free, see they didn't pay a dime into the system. Plus this immigration bill has billions upon billions in PORKULUS, pet projects for all Senate and House members. Pray. Amen. Wake-up America. We The People are being played like a violin, totally out of tune.
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