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DREAM Act Loses in Senate Today + Some Info on Vote Breakdown

December 18th, 2010 · 8 Comments

Today the US Senate voted against the DREAM Act 55-41. However, the Senate did succeed in repealing “Don’t ask, don’t tell” that would allow gays and lesbians to serve more freely in the military. Some of the notable Democratic no votes on the Senate side today included: Nelson, Baucus, Tester, Pryor, and Hagan. The Democrats, who voted yes who were “iffy”, were: McCaskill, Conrad and Dorgan. Senator Manchin (D-WV) did not show up to vote. The Republicans who voted yes were: Bennet, Lugar, and Murkowski.

There will be more debriefing and information available in the coming days about what the consequences of this vote are, but right now, I know that many DREAM Activists and their allies are going to continue mobilizing and organizing to hold those who stand in the way of this small measure of relief for the immigrant community accountable. On the positive side, a majority of Senators were in favor of DREAM and in the House as we saw last week, a majority of congressional representatives voted in favor of it as well. Today in the Senate, 60 votes were needed to proceed forward. If all of the Democrats in the Senate who voted no today had voted in the affirmative, the dreams would have moved ahead.

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  • 1 Anna // Dec 18, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Democrats killed the Dream Act. It’s just stupid for us to vote overwhelmingly Democratic. They can’t deliver on anything and they just use us. The Democrats would not have retained control of the Senate if not for us.

    Anyway, there is no difference betwen the parties economically anymore. Tax cuts for the rich, permanent war, a GOP health care bill, etc.

    I am done with them.

  • 2 irma // Dec 18, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I will never vote Republican, so I may never vote again.

    I did not drink the Obama Koolaid – I knew he was a liar the first time I heard him speak. The guy
    sold out the Democratic party – I hope he doesn’t get re-elected.

  • 3 Chicano future tense // Dec 18, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    To any Dreamers who may happen to read this post..

    God Bless the Dreamers!

    Today they have been kicked in the face,and to add insult to injury …spat upon.Dreamers have been condemned to live life as abandoned anonymous ghosts living in the shadows of american society.

    What more can white america do to humiliate Mexican people? …..stomp on them while they are down on the ground?

    The Dreamer’s offered themselves..offered their loyalty to the USA,offered their service and labor,offered their very lives in exchange for the price of admission…(a green card).

    Yet,even after offering their very lives they were delivered a stinging rejection-a slap-in-the-face message coming from the forces of opposition- racist xenophobic American society as well as both the GOP and Democratic parties…

    The message coming from racist xenophobic america-

    “Dreamers,Undocumented people,thanks but no thanks we don’t want you,your family or your kids.. your loyalty,service or your lives,so please get the hell out of our country with your parents,brothers and sisters and get the hell back to Mexico where you belong.”

    Why don’t Latinos get the message?
    Why do they persist in a state of a pathetic almost pathological denial that there is in fact a very real wall-a conflict of politics and aims occurring in US society between competing social complexes of race,class,language,culture,and borders-a hostile schism in the vision,direction and future of American society and it’s power structure.

    As long as Latinos keep making excuses,refuse to lift their blinders they will continue indefinitely to be manipulated and deceived by both the Democratic and GOP parties.

    White european americans
    will never voluntary relinquish their dominant positions of power,wealth and status in American society.Never.They want the entire “pie”..they do not want ever to give up even a tiny slice of the USA “pie” to Mexicans.

    Mexican people,ever since Cortez have been dominated by white european civilization and power.
    Like the old saying goes..
    “poor Mexico,so close to the united states,so far from God.”

    At what point will Mexicans start fighting back? at what point will they rebel against white domination?
    When will Mexicans yell… “Basta Ya!”?

    The time of begging white european America,of begging for justice and rights from them needs to end.
    Mexicans need a cultural revolution and become as equally aggressive,combative and assertive as whites and blacks.Fight back.
    No more “timid,meek,quiet,submissive,pliant Mexicans”.

    Mexican people need to grow up politically and ween themselves from the rule of the white “patron”.No more “Si Senor” agachar.

    If Mexicans do not resolve to fight back,rebel,they will never advance economically,politically and socially.Neither will they ever receive respect in the world,they will never take their “place under the sun” as being a proud and independent people.They will be looked upon and pitied by the world as perpetual chronic ” losers”.

    To illustrate this point,I recall once reading an article about a meeting between Mexico’s Foreign Minister with China’s prime minister Zhou Enlai.During the course of their conversation Zhou Enlai unknowingly and (insensitively) committed a diplomatic faux pas by commenting to the Mexican Foreign Minister that China’s military colleges are fascinated and study Mexican history-specifically Mexico’s defeat and conquest at the hands of a small contingent of Spanish Conquistadores.He stated Chinese military scholars were curious,astonished and fascinated at how a small ragtag group of European invaders could have totally conquered a huge indigenous empire of millions.The subcontext of his conversation was in effect insinuating that Mexican history is to be studied as a historical “Negative example” of weaknesses and errors,of mistakes…what not to do.

    I believe that if the Mexican people do not begin in earnest to unite and organize to fight back independently,assert themselves as a group they will eventually become like the dinosaurs of the distant past …become an extinct species that gradually died off because they were killed- off eaten by stronger more dominant predatory species..

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  • 6 Marisol Perry // Dec 21, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    To any Dreamers who may happen to read this post.. God Bless the Dreamers! Today they have been kicked in the face,and to add insult to injury …spat upon.Dreamers have been condemned to live life as abandoned anonymous ghosts living in the shadows of american society. What more can white america do to humiliate Mexican people? …..stomp on them while they are down on the ground? The Dreamer’s offered themselves..offered their loyalty to the USA,offered their service and labor,offered their very lives in exchange for the price of admission…(a green card). Yet,even after offering their very lives they were delivered a stinging rejection-a slap-in-the-face message coming from the forces of opposition- racist xenophobic American society as well as both the GOP and Democratic parties… The message coming from racist xenophobic america- “Dreamers,Undocumented people,thanks but no thanks we don’t want you,your family or your kids.. your loyalty,service or your lives,so please get the hell out of our country with your parents,brothers and sisters and get the hell back to Mexico where you belong.” Why don’t Latinos get the message? Why do they persist in a state of a pathetic almost pathological denial that there is in fact a very real wall-a conflict of politics and aims occurring in US society between competing social complexes of race,class,language,culture,and borders-a hostile schism in the vision,direction and future of American society and it’s power structure. As long as Latinos keep making excuses,refuse to lift their blinders they will continue indefinitely to be manipulated and deceived by both the Democratic and GOP parties. White european americans will never voluntary relinquish their dominant positions of power,wealth and status in American society.Never.They want the entire “pie”..they do not want ever to give up even a tiny slice of the USA “pie” to Mexicans. Mexican people,ever since Cortez have been dominated by white european civilization and power. Like the old saying goes.. “poor Mexico,so close to the united states,so far from God.” At what point will Mexicans start fighting back? at what point will they rebel against white domination? When will Mexicans yell… “Basta Ya!”? The time of begging white european America,of begging for justice and rights from them needs to end. Mexicans need a cultural revolution and become as equally aggressive,combative and assertive as whites and blacks.Fight back. No more “timid,meek,quiet,submissive,pliant Mexicans”. Mexican people need to grow up politically and ween themselves from the rule of the white “patron”.No more “Si Senor” agachar. If Mexicans do not resolve to fight back,rebel,they will never advance economically,politically and socially.Neither will they ever receive respect in the world,they will never take their “place under the sun” as being a proud and independent people.They will be looked upon and pitied by the world as perpetual chronic ” losers”. To illustrate this point,I recall once reading an article about a meeting between Mexico’s Foreign Minister with China’s prime minister Zhou Enlai.During the course of their conversation Zhou Enlai unknowingly and (insensitively) committed a diplomatic faux pas by commenting to the Mexican Foreign Minister that China’s military colleges are fascinated and study Mexican history-specifically Mexico’s defeat and conquest at the hands of a small contingent of Spanish Conquistadores.He stated Chinese military scholars were curious,astonished and fascinated at how a small ragtag group of European invaders could have totally conquered a huge indigenous empire of millions.The subcontext of his conversation was in effect insinuating that Mexican history is to be studied as a historical “Negative example” of weaknesses and errors,of mistakes…what not to do. I believe that if the Mexican people do not begin in earnest to unite and organize to fight back independently,assert themselves as a group they will eventually become like the dinosaurs of the distant past …become an extinct species that gradually died off because they were killed- off eaten by stronger more dominant predatory species..

  • 7 Anna // Dec 21, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Marisol, peopel need to do those things in Mexico. Until that government is held accountable, nothing will change. Do Mexicans really want to be dispersed around the world with no rights as citizens? Study history. That hasn’t exactly worked out well for other groups.

  • 8 Jude Soto // Dec 28, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Interesting.

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