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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

DIXIECRATS: THE NEW GENERATION

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When my friend Sam Udani, head honcho of ILW.com, and I were discussing the DREAM Act, something interesting emerged and it's not pretty. Just who were the 42 Senators who voted to kill the DREAM Act? Senators from the same states that gave us great memories like Rosa Parks being arrested in Selma, Alabama, the killing of Martin Luther King at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee and lunch counter sit-ins in Greensboro, North Carolina continue their tradition of tolerance that has given the South its wonderful worldwide reputation. Sam wrote about in Immigration Daily today and I think it's worth a few more words.


Of the fourteen states that would self-identify as southern, 23 of 28 Senators voted against the Dream Act. I'm counting Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Virginia. I don't count Florida which ceased being a Southern state after it was re-populated by New Yorkers and Cubans over a period that began before I moved there with my family in 1971). Only 19 of the remaining 72 Senators sided with them. If you want to tell me racial politics have nothing to do with the immigration debate, I'll give you a nice lecture on states' rights (if you don't understand the reference, I'm sure readers will be explaining in the comments shortly).


Kudos go in particular to Republican Senators Trent Lott of Mississippi and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas who bucked the otherwise solidly anti-immigrant Republican vote in the South. They're presumably taking heat from their base today.


I'd like to think the South where I live today has gotten past the problems of the past. But immigration politics remind us that the region has a long way to go.

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  1. USC's Avatar
    "I don't count Florida which ceased being a Southern state after it was re-populated by New Yorkers"

    The joke in New York is that Florida is part of Long Island that broke off and drifted South.
  2. Another voice's Avatar
    These people are dusting off their old south play book and are implementing it again against migrant workers. They only difference is that since they are Illegal it gives them the ok to be raqcist against them. Its like having license to kill after all "THEY ARE ILLEGALS". People do not change over night and the South remains the racist place that it has always been.
  3. TX's Avatar
    I think Hutchison is now showing her true colors as she's no longer seeking re-election. Sad how these Senators tend to force themselves to be what they are not just to win votes. Graham probably voted against it because he's up for re-election. It's sad what this country has come to. Canada is looking more inviting every day.
  4. Another voice's Avatar
    "Canada is looking more inviting every day."

    This is true their economy is really strong and with the currency getting streinght the standard of living will either match or surpass that of the US making it very attractive for Migrant workers. Specially skilled workers process I think it takes 18 months to get through and $4000(Attorneys Fees + $2000 Government fees). You have to have at least $15000 CD cash if you do not have a job before you move there, if you already have a job lined up it faster and easier.
  5. akg's Avatar
    Although it has been defeated for the time being, I do not understand one thing about the DREAM Act. Why is it applicable only to "an alien who is inadmissible or deportable from the United States"? Sec 4(a)(1)

    There are other children in this country who wre brought in legally by parents at fairly young age, but have aged-out of the green card process due to delays in labor processing. The CSPA does not provide remedy against delays by DOL. They age-out at 21 whereas DREAM Act covers children till age 30, but only if they were brought-in under the shadows. Why this discrimination?
  6. Another voice's Avatar
    akg- DREAM is dead there is no argument to make there anymore. It did not pass and its a done deal the children you are talking about they will have to deal with their issue within the current system. fair or unfair.
  7. akg's Avatar
    Another voice - Yes, it is dead for now, but I will not be surprised if it gets resurrected in a few months time. This was the third or fourth time that DREAM Act lost in Congress.
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