Risch, Crapo join Senate GOP to block on DREAM Act, 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal


Rep. Neil Anderson, R-Blackfoot, says it would be useful to have a full accounting of all federal funds going to local school districts, not just the federal funds that are appropriated through the Legislature annually.

Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo joined with a majority of Senate Republicans in voting down proposals that would allow homosexuals to openly serve in the military and allow young people in the U.S. illegally to remain in the country if they attend college or join the military. Both of Idaho’s senators said the two plans were rushed through by Democrats during Congress’s lame duck session.

Risch and Crapo both cast procedural votes Thursday against the DREAM Act, short for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, and a defense spending bill that would have repealed the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy preventing gays and lesbians from openly serving.

“Today’s votes were nothing more than the majority checking off a laundry list of campaign promises to their base,” Risch said in a prepared statement. “The DREAM Act remains a deeply troubling bill that provides amnesty and taxpayer-funded benefits to those who broke our nation’s laws. The defense authorization bill was weighed down with social issues like ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and funding for abortions at military clinics. These policies put social change ahead of the well-being of our men and women in uniform.”

Lindsay Nothern, Crapo’s spokesman, said the senator wants a complete review of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and that a vote on the plan shouldn’t be tied to military spending. Nothern said Crapo could support changing policy on gays in the military if the leaders of different branches of the military support a change. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen have asked Congress to get rid of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Nothern said Crapo would also favor a broader discussion of changes to federal immigration laws, rather than passing the DREAM Act. The legislation would allow young people to stay in the U.S. if they came to the U.S. before their 16th birthday and have lived in the country for more than five years to gain legal status if they are admitted to college or join the military.

Nothern said Democrats are trying to tack on big proposals during the lame duck session before new members of Congress are sworn in. “We should slow down and debate this,” Nothern told IdahoReporter.com. “Why do these issues wait until the 11th hour?”

On Wednesday, Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick voted in favor of a different version of the DREAM Act that passed the House. Both Minnick and Congressman-elect Raul Labrador, who defeated Minnick in the November election, did not respond to requests for comment. Illegal immigration was a divisive issue in the race between Labrador and Minnick, with Minnick running several ads criticizing Labrador’s comments on the issue. In 2007, Labrador expressed support for the DREAM Act, but he later said he supports the concept of the plan, but not the actual legislation.

Rep. Mike Simpson voted against the House version of the DREAM Act.

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  2. Francis

    The major problem that once immigrants–either legal or of illegal status over how many years, they could bring in a whole spectrum of family. Chain migration has silently snowballed from the 1986 Immigration bill. Since that law was passed the Congress has quietly passed six amnesties, without any explanation, while at the same time admitting over a million new legal immigrants a year through a lottery of specific working visas. The Dream Act if passed is just another stealth type back door amnesty. Hopefully in our future—the TEA PARTY—will put an end to this serious pretense of each administration supposedly working for the populace. Don’t give any Senator or Representative breathing room, and should get a cordial call the Washington Switchboard 202-224-3121 Until the Dream Act is amended–it must not be voted on–as is.

    It should be remembered for every legal or illegal immigrant who settles here, brings many more immediate family groups. Every year millions come to America who already has a legal or illegal family component, who offers either a safe haven or an affidavit of support; who they sponsor. When an illegal alien is caught along the border, the US agents ask that individual where are they are going. The majority answer I have a brother, or uncle in Denver, Salt Lake City or other major hub, who has a job for me. This is almost a perpetual loop of the same story over and over again. Alas, there is not enough room to explain what is happening around America in regards to this issue. It has become paramount quandary in so many ways and is just as urgent as the Start treaty, the tax conundrum, “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” and other issues. In fact the illegal immigration problem has got so out of hand; because of astronomical costs it’s threatening the livelihood of every American. IT’S A FINANCIAL catastrophe, which has grown out of control. The illegal immigration problem has been caused by years of neglect and now the only way the federal authorities can tamper down the burning fuse, is some kind of mass amnesty. Why should US citizens have to compete with foreign nationals? Why should legal construction workers or a laborer in any other job, have to compete with Contractors who hire foreign workers? When is this injustice to the American population going to end?

    Remember that–CHAIN MIGRATION–puts the United States in serious peril, even more so than the original sponsors. Learn much more about the OVERPOPULATION and its risks to the environment, infrastructure and quality of life at NumbersUSA The Dream Act in itself not a menace, although at least a 800.000 students would be eligible if they abide by the law? The only immigration law that should be demanded is to make illegal entrance into the United States a felony, with no excuses and no exceptions. This includes businesses that are twice caught hiring illegal workers, should be subject to a harsh fine, confiscation of business assets and after the second conviction—prison! It’s blatantly obvious to me, that for years Washington has deceived the American people of both political parties. There has been no intention of enforcing immigration laws and this is proven without doubt. If illegal immigration had severe consequences, such as the above penalties the only enforcement program needed would be E-Verify mandated for every business owner. The majority of other restriction tools needed to halt the free flow of desperate, destitute people would radically decline; knowing that you would be convicted of a class “A” felony would collapse the ongoing flow.

    This would be huge disincentive to economic foreign nationals crossing our borders, or using the excuse of being a tourist, fully aware they are not leaving once their visa runs out. No! There has been no true intention of halting illegal aliens coming here for work, or to commit crimes. Both Democrats and Republicans have remained impassive to the invasion, whether its 13 million or 20 million foreigners who have skirted our laws; of course that’s according which side of the Washington pecking order you are inclined to believe? Over thirty years of government neglect has brought this nightmare upon us, of incessant crimes against lawful citizens and permanent residents. Americans land owners living in constant fear along the 2000 miles of mostly unprotected border. Both political parties irrationally forget who pays their salaries and pensions while American find their wages sinking and the majority of Social programs of having to share these entitlements with illegal labor and their families.

    Around the country, we have activist judges who ignore the US constitution and instead construe the law according to personal political orientation. Even now Arizona is under bombardment from open border radicals, or pro business entities, who do not want this Border States policing laws to be upheld. Then again the IRS is complicit in allowing illegal aliens to squat here, by issuing ITIN numbers, as foreigners cannot possess a real Social Security card. Over the last ten years we have seen an escalation in ID theft, with the courts saying this is not classed as a felony. Another concealed point is that illegal alien workers are collecting billions of dollars in income tax refunds, for children who don’t exist or filing for the same child twice by each parent. For those people who believe that this is an embellishment, one only has to Google key words–illegal alien costs; illegal alien income tax refunds.

    There are highly regarded reports on the expenditures of federal, state and county support of foreign nationals that you as the taxpayer is erroneously paying. Sanctuary States like California under Liberal progressive control in Sacramento is depleting the state of billions of dollars, as they subsidize the millions in just Los Angeles County alone? The schools are in turmoil from overcrowding of children of illegal families, who by mandated law must be educated. In understaffed county hospitals have become places of last resort, for the multitudes of foreign nationals who live below the poverty line, so they are dependent on taxpayers. California has become an incubator for hundreds of thousands of illegal pregnant females, who collect under their new citizens-babies, namely billions of more dollars soaked from you and me.

    Their children are a valuable commodity, because our 14th amendment law has been with intent compromised, so that children of illegal aliens are issued food stamps, low income housing and a large profusion of cash payment and other freebies. All these entitlements should not be going to people who should not be here? These illegal women are already aware that once the stand on our soil, that the US taxpayer will support them and all their children. Until we halt the illegal immigration occupation of this country, we a steadily heading for a irrevocable overpopulation. The only way anything will ever get accomplished is by Americans pressing incessantly their Senator or Congressman. As the Tea Party grows this organization has a commitment to the people—because they are THE PEOPLE. They owe no favors to left wing Unions, big corporations or the open border zealots. They are the TEA PARTY. They are AMERICA.

  3. OliverC

    “but he [Labrador] later said he supports the concept of the plan, but not the actual legislation.”

    What the heck does that mean??? More political double speak from a typical sleazy politician.

    As seen from the Dream Act vote in the House, Republican Hispanics put their ethnicity ahead of what is compassionate, fair and just for the American people. I have yet to see one that can say how the Dream Act or any amnesty legislation benefits America!!!

    Looks like Idaho elected another Hispanic who puts his ethnicity ahead of his country…

  4. OliverC

    Mr. Iverson-Long,

    I am well aware of Labrador’s support of the Dream Act from the 2007 City Club interview as well all of his former actions, involvement, positions and statements on illegal immigration and illegal immigrants. I do not believe for one minute they have changed.

    Did you see this little tidbit? Labrador distanced himself from the insiders in D.C. during the campaign. Did not take him long to run with the pack of insiders in the Republican Congressional Committee, now did it? He becomes beholden to them with this action, as well.

    http://politicalpartytime.org/party/24085/

  5. TinaS

    Reid and Pelosi are trying for the Dream Act again. My first thought is . . . why do we keep arguing with idiots like this? We’ve said NO over and over, and now the debate should be over.

    They keep trying, and we keep shoving back. Every time Congress tries to pass an Amnesty or Dream Act bill, the American people roar loud and clear, but our elected officials just don’t give up. They keep trying to ram it down our throats anyway. The American people need to start ramming back. The debate is over. We’ve said no, now let’s tell them what WE want. We want our laws enforced and our border secured!

    To begin with, we shouldn’t even be negotiating with criminals, or the members of Congress who want amnesty. We certainly don’t owe the illegal aliens the right to share our country. They broke our laws and they should be punished, not rewarded. They violate many federal laws to come here, then make demands from the American people, and we’re negotiating with them? That’s the same thing as a burglar breaking into your house, and you catch him at it and then he says, “Well, I’m already in here, so I should at least get to have some of your stuff.” It’s the same thing! These people are burglars! And they have broken into our country, and we need to start making some demands of our own. We want the laws enforced! The debate is over!

    If we want to get Congress to listen to us, we have start yelling as loud as the Tea Party did before the elections. The results of this latest election should have many of them gun shy to try to pull anything like passing Amnesty. It should remind them that it could be them next who gets booted. And this is the perfect time to let the newly elected know how they can show their appreciation to the American people. They should know by now that the American people are now awake and stronger than ever and demanding that our government represent We, the people, not burglars who continue to break our laws and get a free pass. We’re fed up and the time for debate is over!

  6. sosadforus

    The problen is there is no honesty in any discussion when it comes to illegal Immigration from either side. no one wants to speak of the real impact on the American taxpayer, schools, medical care, law enforcement, prisons, food stamps etc. and just the fact that they are commiting an illegal act by not going threw legal channels, medical chects etc. to come here.

    I trust none of them but especially Labrador, he has been working for the farmers and dairymen, helping them to keep their cheap labor, not to mention Oliver is right about Hispanic and their loyalty to race instead of country. Labrador can not be trusted he is out for his own fame and to hell with what is better for Americans and our county.

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