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Illinois State DREAM Act Passes Today in Bipartisan Vote

May 30th, 2011 · 7 Comments

Illinois is quickly becoming a state that advances more progressive immigration solutions. This Memorial Day the Illinois House passed the state’s version of the DREAM Act in a 60-54 vote and is headed to the Governor’s desk, where Governor Quinn is expected to sign the bill this week. Earlier this month Governor Quinn notified the federal government that his state will no longer participate in the controversial Secure Communities program (note: California is also poised to challenge Secure Communities with the recent passage of the TRUST Act).

The Illinois DREAM Act does three big things:

1. Creates a commission to raise private scholarships for undocumented Illinois youth,

2. Allows immigrant students and their parents to invest in their education in the state’s college savings plans (using their own funds), and

3. Trains HS counselors on higher education options for undocumented youth.

Lawrence Benito of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights stated, “Today’s bipartisan vote in the Illinois House is truly historic. This vote is a victory for our state and an important step forward in recognizing the contributions of immigrants.”

Tags: Education · Immigration

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bennie sowers // May 31, 2011 at 7:15 am

    There will be consequences to the state of Illinois for their derelict negligence in protecting The children of American citizens. Gov. Quinn has proven that he cannot lead is inferior to serve and should be recalled immediately. The actions of the 6o congressional kool aid drinkers will not be forgotten. Every country has a mandate to protect their citizens but the U.S. seems to see itself as the savior of the entire world at the expense of the citizen, taxpayers. The time has come to dismantle the entire political landscape and declare civil disobedience against this government for its role in promoting treasonous acts of malicious fraud, misrepresenting the facts of the destruction caused by illegal immigration to this country. This is equal to an insurgency. While this president and the majority silent congressional members bowing to special interest groups to push illegal aliens down the throats of the American public is nothing more that inserting terrorist in our midst. Clearly this government is not listening to the people close to 90% of American citizens are against illegal aliens coming into this country receiving welfare destroying the rights of the citizens while our government lies, distorts cover up their crimes and doles out trillions of dollars to support them while we the people sit at 25% unemployment for African Americans and above 9% for others. This is not a smart move for Illinois or the United States. Time will prove that this is the greatest travesty of history should this congress and president State and local agencies allow 50.5 million illegals to remain freely to drain this country financially and in every other aspect of life. This is the beginning of the end of what little sovereignty this country once possessed. This is the country of loony tunes running the government.Thanks Illinois for passing your version of the nightmare act your nightmare is just around the corner I hope that when you wake from your nightmare dream you will be in the unemployment line.

  • 2 chalan // Jun 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Bennie, name me one right that that illegal aliens have destroyed for you. You are wrong in 90% of Americans being against illegal aliens. 100% are against illegal aliens. What to do about a broken immigration policy and those who are already here is the problem. And if you take the time to check your facts there are now less then 12 million illegal aliens in this country and a third of them came here legally.

  • 3 Tish // Jun 1, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Rewarding criminal behavior is not the answer. What is broken about our immigration system besides cost and the wait time? Do people run to the front of the grocery line because they don’t want to wait and then just walk off with the items because they don’t like the price? A lack of patience is not an excuse to immigrate illegally. Additionally, a lot of those that immigrate illegally pay thousands to coyotes and human smugglers that often exceed the costs of coming here legally. The “I want it now” mentality has to cease. You may want to check YOUR facts as there is anywhere between 12 million and 30 million illegal aliens here, and those are old numbers. I expect they are much higher than that. We are not talking about people who have come on visa’s and overstayed them, we are talking about crossing our southern border alone.
    Let’s also keep in mind that college is a luxury, not a mandatory part of education. When all Americans are not going hungry, have roofs over their heads, have gainful employment, only then should we extend a helping hand to the less fortunate. We have less fortunate that have been born here and are not getting the best opportunities because there are too many special considerations given for illegals.
    Now considering these facts about Illinois, the Dream Act only adds further insult to injury:
    Illinois is ranked:
    50th for fiscal policy;
    47th in job creation;
    1st in unfunded pension liabilities;
    2nd largest budget deficit;
    1st in failing schools;
    1st in bonded indebtedness;
    highest sales tax in the nation;
    most judges indicted (Operations Greylord and Gambat); and
    5 of our last 9 elected governors have been indicted. That is more than the other 49 states added together!
    I find it interesting that our federal government is suing Arizona yet will allow Illinois to be a full sanctuary state since they’ve backed out of the DHS secure communities program and passed the Dream Act, but our government doesn’t sue Illinois because for infringing on their exclusive jurisdiction over immigration. Glass of hypocrisy anyone with their Dreamless Act?

  • 4 gir // Jun 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Between 12 and 30 million? Tish, please cite your source. Racism is not a good foundation for public policy decisions; I applaud Illinois’ progressive attempts at immigration reform.

  • 5 Anna // Jun 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Re: “Rewarding criminal behavior is not the answer.”

    Children who were brought here when they were young because their parents needed work and because our economy needs their labor are not criminals. Their parenst have contrubuted to the wealth of this country and these kids should be given legal status.

    We have an ugly system in this country where we depend on millions of Mexican laborers to keep agribusiness, food processing and other industries in this country, but we refuse to give them the same rights that European immigrants were given over the course of hundreds of years.

  • 6 joe harrington // Jun 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    i am thinking of moving my family and my small business to arizona to escape this pipe dream of the polititians and also to escape to high taxes of illinois. i refuse to serve on juries because if we condone illegals, we shouldn’t be prosocuting any one else for their crimes. illinois is really starting to suck! i don’t need illinois and apparently they don’t need my family or business either.

  • 7 Dain // Jul 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I am pretty sure we broke some rules when this country was founded.

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