Reader Editorial: Parties playing politics with DREAM Act
September 29, 2010 · Print This Article
We must recognize that BOTH sides are playing games with this issue and with our community’s passionate concern.
The legislative tactics employed by Majority Leader Reid have all but encouraged a “no” vote from the opposition. When the majority wants something to pass, the majority does what it can to take the steps to ensure it passes (health care, financial reform, etc.)
Conversely, when the majority DOES NOT want something to pass, the majority will make it look like it wants the issue to pass, but will not take the steps necessary to do so.
I’m not saying that a majority of the Republicans will join a majority of the Democrats for the DREAM Act to pass, but if Senator Reid can get his caucus together, he needs less than a handful of Republican votes to make the “DREAM” come true.
However, Reid’s bundling of the DREAM Act with the Defense Authorization and DADT have made passage impossible.
You are right to keep pressure on Senator Voinovich, but none of it matters until the Democratic caucus in the Senate uses the correct tactical measures for it to pass. Senator Reid has guaranteed failure every time for “DREAM”.
Until then, the Democrats are just as guilty of “electioneering” and showboating as the Republicans were four years ago when they tried to lead immigration reform; only to do it in a way that guaranteed failure.