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nmbluesky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-18-10 01:17 PM
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President Obama on the DREAM Act: "My Administration Will Not Give Up"
Following a disappointing vote in the Senate, President Obama released the following statement on the DREAM act:

In an incredibly disappointing vote today, a minority of Senators prevented the Senate from doing what most Americans understand is best for the country. As I said last week, when the House passed the DREAM Act, it is not only the right thing to do for talented young people who seek to serve a country they know as their own, it is the right thing for the United States of America. Our nation is enriched by their talents and would benefit from the success of their efforts. The DREAM Act is important to our economic competitiveness, military readiness, and law enforcement efforts. And as the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office reported, the DREAM Act would cut the deficit by $2.2 billion over the next 10 years. There was simply no reason not to pass this important legislation.
It is disappointing that common sense did not prevail today. But my administration will not give up on the DREAM Act, or on the important business of fixing our broken immigration system. The American people deserve a serious debate on immigration, and its time to take the polarizing rhetoric off our national stage.
I thank Senators Durbin, Reid, and Menendez for their tireless efforts. Moving forward, my administration will continue to do everything we can to fix our nations broken immigration system so that we can provide lasting and dedicated resources for our border security while at the same time restoring responsibility and accountability to the system at every level.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/12/18/president-oba...
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obxhead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-18-10 01:36 PM
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1. I've heard that somewhere before.....
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-18-10 01:47 PM
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2. Why do you find this amusing?
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Still a Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-18-10 08:29 PM
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4. on DADT? n/t
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wndycty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-18-10 01:49 PM
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3. He made that commitment on DADT and now the senate is within minutes of repealing it. . .
. . .don't doubt him.
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Lewiskw Donating Member (43 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-18-10 08:51 PM
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5. DREAM Act is
dead sorry it just is. It wont gain enough support from Republican's so there is zero chance it will pass for a long time. 60 is no easy number to get and don't even think the house will pass it either.
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Unvanguard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-19-10 12:51 AM
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6. The House passed it already.
The newly-elected House, of course, is a different story.
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Ter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-22-10 01:04 PM
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18. Will the House have to pass it again?
Or is that vote good until the Senate passes it?
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OhioBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-19-10 01:08 AM
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7. It isn't dead - just posponed.
Demographics are in favor of DREAM passing at some point in the not to distant future. IMO - Illegal immigrants are the scape goat of the day/year for conservatives. We will make progress and a version of this bill will pass. The timeline depends on what we do and how the 2012 elections pan out. Oh - and the House already passed it and if the Rs hadn't gone all nutso/obstructionist on us - we would have had 60 in the Senate for this sensible/humanist piece of legislation. We will get there.
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-19-10 12:38 PM
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8. Count me in. nt
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-19-10 12:41 PM
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9. Mr. President, CALL ON THE PEOPLE to help you with this!! Let's roll!
Edited on Sun Dec-19-10 12:42 PM by patrice
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great white snark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-20-10 03:21 PM
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13. Absolutely patrice.
I'm ready to help.
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Lewiskw Donating Member (43 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-20-10 12:36 AM
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10. A big problem
is that no one wants to get serious about immigration. Not Dems not Republicans, both political parties just want to use it for political gains until you find Senators from both parties willing to actually do something about immigration the DREAM Act is dead.
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political_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-20-10 01:22 AM
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11. I hope that Congress can come to its senses and pass this legislation.
Education is one of the great equalizers in this country. If people truly want to build a society based on the tenets of freedom, they have to work as hard to help push this along. Our country needs to emphasize that education not only encourages social mobility; it also makes our nation more economically viable in terms of a stronger and more well-equipped work force.
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AspenRose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-20-10 03:19 PM
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12. Absolutely right.
It's an investment in our future. If only people could get past the I-got-mine-screw-you mentality, we could be so much better for it.
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MikeW Donating Member (554 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-20-10 06:41 PM
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14. sadly not true ...
My prediction is that the Republicans went into the room and cut a deal.

We'll give you DADT ,

were taking NO Start and No Dream Act.

The deal's been made folks, dont kid yourselves otherwise.
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Honeycombe8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-20-10 06:54 PM
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15. Looks like START will pass. So....????? I don't think the pubes are making deals these
days. They hold the cards.
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MikeW Donating Member (554 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-20-10 07:03 PM
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16. START will pass becuase neither the US or Russians have a desire to continue to spend massive $$$
nukes

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Honeycombe8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-21-10 10:20 PM
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17. Yeah. Good reason. Plus, because our Senate passed it, and then hopefully Russia will pass it. nt
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