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President Obama's executive order to give legal status to young, law-abiding immigrants who call the United States home needs to have the force of law. That's what Senate candidate and current Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-NM), believes, and he wants the Democratic Party to adopt the DREAM Act as one of the party platform planks.
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"I think the time has come for the DREAM Act to be part of our identity as a party," Heinrich said in a telephone interview.
Here's his proposed language for the platform:
“The Democratic Party appreciates the hard work and commitment immigrant families have brought to the United States throughout our history. Immigrants’ children, brought to the United States as youth through no fault of their own, are being raised and educated as Americans today, to work and fight for the same dreams as every other American. We support the adoption of the DREAM Act to allow the undocumented children of immigrants to pursue the American dream by seeking a higher education or by serving in our armed forces, and applaud the decision of President Obama to grant deferred action to those children.”
Goal ThermometerShelley Berkley, the Democratic Senate candidate in Nevada, supports the campaign as does Richard Carmona in Arizona. This should be a totally non-controversial no-brainer for Democrats. Obama's executive order received huge support—64 percent—from the general voting public, and absolutely galvanized Latino voters.

Beyond that, it's the moral, humane thing to do. That's something Democrats shouldn't just be united behind. It's something they should fight. Kudos to Heinrich for pushing that fight.

Please thank Heinrich by giving $3 to his campaign on ActBlue.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 12:35 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (23+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 12:35:25 PM PDT

  •  We still need to have Democratic control (5+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight, FG, Odysseus, cocinero, flatford39

    of the House and getting rid of the filibuster in the Senate for anything meaningful regarding immigration reform.

    Glad that Democrats are going to try for this plank on the platform though.

    •  You First Need To Decide (1+ / 0-)
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      verdastelo

      What you are going to reform.

      About 40% of all illegal immigrants enter the country legally and just never leave.

      62% of all illegal immigrants are from Mexico.

      For the fiscal year 2010 13.3% of all LPR's where granted to Mexico, greater then the next two countries, China and India combined. For 2009 is was 14.6 percent. Mexico has literally dominated the U.S. legal immigration system for more then two decades now.

      The only response that I get when I ask what 'comprehensive immigration reform' means is 'grant legal status to those in the country illegally and make immigrating to the U.S. easier'.

      Because the U.S. immigration system is family based the effect of such a policy, in my opinion, will simply be more family based, low wage, uneducated immigration from Mexico which, again in my opinion, doesn't really do anything 'comprehensive' and doesn't actually 'reform' anything.

      I won't be coming home tonight, my generation will put it right - Genesis 9:3

      by superscalar on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 01:38:06 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  comprehensive reform means that those who are (1+ / 0-)
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        presently  here illegally must come out of the shadows and get themselves accounted for, first of all.

        Then they are given a series of benchmarks and requirements that are a path to citizenship. Such benchmarks discussed are:

        learning english
        paying any back taxes for work done
        getting job training and/or education
        paying all necessary fees

        As for this opinion:
         

        in my opinion, will simply be more family based, low wage, uneducated immigration from Mexico
        No. The reform is not an open ended invitation. There will be cut off dates and those dates would or should be effective immediately. You will not have people crossing the birder a year later because "hey, it's a path to citizenship". There's a cut off. And if someone has family back in Mexico, they would be eligible to come IN THE SAME WAY other legal immigrants are allowed to bring their families (or this might require them to have full citizenship before families can come. This would need to be worked out in the actual legislation).

        The bottom line is this: illegal immigrants are already working low paying jobs requiring no education. If employers no longer have the option of hiring someone for $20/day instead of, say, $8/hr, that's a good think, not only for immigrants but for Americans who also want those jobs but who keep getting "beat out" because greedy employers can pay less to a desperate immigrant.

        reform benefits everyone.

        For the record, I am not a member of Courtesy Kos. Just so you know. Don't be stupid. It's election season. My patience is short.

        by mdmslle on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 06:16:34 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  What Happens Once You Have Granted Everybody (0+ / 0-)

          Here legal status and that first individual crosses the border from Mexico into the U.S.? Do you then grant them legal status too, and if not why not? Are they not just as deserving as all of the others you have decided to grant legal status to, and if not, why not?

          No. The reform is not an open ended invitation

          Why not?

          reform benefits everyone

          No it doesn't. It most certainly does not help those U.S. citizens without a high school education, and it most certainly does not help young workers just entering the work force.

          If employers no longer have the option of hiring someone for $20/day instead of, say, $8/hr

          Why would they not continue to be able to hire illegal immigrants just as they are doing now? Why would you support deportation of illegal immigrants tomorrow when you do not support deportation of illegal immigrants today?

          I won't be coming home tonight, my generation will put it right - Genesis 9:3

          by superscalar on Fri Aug 10, 2012 at 06:07:06 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  A Couple More Things Here (0+ / 0-)

          paying any back taxes for work done

          If I am an illegal immigrant working under the table or using a fake or stolen Social Security card, how do you even find out how much money I've made while I've been in the U.S.? If I am an illegal immigrant and I state that I've been in the U.S. ten years and I've made $4000 the entire time I've been here, how do you prove I'm wrong? For that matter, how do you go about even identifying who I am to begin with. If I have a Matricula Consular card which says my name is John Smith, how do you prove I'm not John Smith.

          S2611 allowed as part of that legislation a total of 24 hours to so any background checks to certify the identity of individuals applying for legal status.

          learning english

          And who pays for this?

          getting job training and/or education

          And who pays for this?

          paying all necessary fees

          And what if they don't have the money?

          I won't be coming home tonight, my generation will put it right - Genesis 9:3

          by superscalar on Fri Aug 10, 2012 at 06:18:32 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  By The Way (0+ / 0-)

      You will notice that while Barack Obama will grant deferred status to illegal immigrants, again the majority of which are from Mexico, but Barack Obama will not even say the word 'NAFTA' when giving a speech about illegal immigration?

      Find me a video wherein Barack Obama has even used the word 'NAFTA' since becoming elected president.

      I won't be coming home tonight, my generation will put it right - Genesis 9:3

      by superscalar on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 01:44:49 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I am hosting a fundraiser for Heinrich a week from (9+ / 0-)

    from today, on the evening of August 16th. Any kossacks who live in the Albuquerque area are most welcome to attend -- you can contact me via my profile page, and I'll be happy to send details. Martin has the ability to be a star, and we really need him in the Senate. Please come meet him in person!

    I'm thrilled to see him put forward this plank. It's the right thing to do, and it should go over very well here in NM.

    (His opponent, Heather Wilson, is a self-righteous, nasty shill for Rove and the right wing. This is a really important race!!)

    "But there is so much more to do." - Barack Obama, Nov. 4, 2008

    by flitedocnm on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 12:52:34 PM PDT

  •  I'm all for this. (1+ / 0-)
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    Should have been there all along.

    I am proud to be a Contributor at Courage Campaign Institute's Prop8TrialTracker.com
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    by Scottie Thomaston on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 01:14:11 PM PDT

  •  Representative Heinrich was in Southern (4+ / 0-)
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    Joan McCarter, TXdem, emobile, jan4insight

    New Mexico earlier this week and absolutely impressed many in the area...and this is a pretty red area.

    He made a believer out of a few of my more conservative friends and he is going to be a wonderful U.S. Senator for New Mexico.

    Wonders are many, but none so wonderful as man.

    by Morgan Sandlin on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 01:34:22 PM PDT

  •  Can a specific piece of legistlation be in the (0+ / 0-)

    party platform? or rather, is that typical?

    Not that i dont favor the dream act but isnt the platform more for broad positions than specific legislation?

    For the record, I am not a member of Courtesy Kos. Just so you know. Don't be stupid. It's election season. My patience is short.

    by mdmslle on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 06:06:18 PM PDT

  •  Solidarity with immigrants! (0+ / 0-)

    Except, of course, for the ones coming here on H-1B visas.  They actually take jobs from educated quality people.

  •  I know the platform is symbolic (0+ / 0-)

    but this needs to stay on the front burner of our party.  I'd take out the "through no fault of their own" line; they were brought as children, 'nuff said.  I hope this can be addressed AT the Convention in a noble, common-sense, decent American way.

  •  New Mexico and the USA need Martin (0+ / 0-)

    In the US Senate.  Martin brings common sense and brilliant analysis to the legislative process.  Martin is an honest representative who will represent the interests of the State and the Nation without being beholden to the Special Interests.

    Martin's opponent is a puppet of Karl Rove who is making no secret of who she wants to represent and how she wants to represent them.

    Flitedocnm, thanks for the assistance.

    Dick Cheney said, "Pi$$ on 'em!" And, Ronald Reagan replied, "That's a Great Idea. Let's Call it 'Trickle Down Economics!"

    by NM Ray on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 06:49:41 PM PDT

  •  This is both the right thing to do (0+ / 0-)

    and very smart move politically.

    Best of all, it leaves Republicans with a stark choice - either offend their most ardent (racist) supporters, or offend the nation's fastest-growing minority group.

    NC-4 (soon to be NC-6) Obama/Biden 2012

    by bear83 on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 08:51:44 PM PDT

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