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Shamnesty Watch: Keep the heat on the DREAM Act…Only 18 Senators have committed to voting no; Update: 20 Senate no votes?

By Michelle Malkin  •  September 18, 2007 08:29 PM

Update 3:45pm Eastern 9/19. I’ve heard conflicting reports from readers who contacted Sen. John Cornyn’s office about the DREAM shamnesty. Haven’t heard back directly from his staff myself, but my friend Ragnar at the Jawa Report says he was told Cornyn is opposed to “all immigration-related amendments to the appropriations bill, including the DREAM act.”

Also hearing that Sen. Allard is a no.

Update 1:30pm Eastern 9/19. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is on the fence. Reader Jon sends her office’s response to whether she supports or opposes the DREAM Act:

Thank you for contacting me regarding in-state tuition for long-term resident immigrants. I welcome your thoughts and comments on this issue.

On March 1, 2007, Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA) introduced H.R. 1275, the American Dream Act. This legislation would allow states to offer in-state tuition rates to long-term resident immigrant students. Specifically, it seeks to repeal a provision in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 which requires states providing in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants to offer the same benefits to out-of-state residents.

A similar measure, S. 774, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2007, was introduced by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) on March 6, 2007, and has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, on which I do not serve. This measure would also allow certain long-term residents who entered the U.S. as children to have their immigration or residency status adjusted to conditional permanent residents or permanent residents. Should H.R. 1275 or S. 774 come before the full Senate, you may be certain I will keep your views in mind.

On June 17, 2001, Texas began allowing nonresident students who have graduated from a Texas high school and resided in the state for at least three years to qualify for in-state tuition. These students are also eligible for state financial aid programs such as the Texas Public Educational Grant Program and the Students Incentive Grant Program.

I appreciate hearing from you and hope you will not hesitate to keep in touch on any issue of concern to you.

Kay Bailey Hutchison

Give her a call: 202-224-5922.

Update 12:45pm Eastern 9/19: Noam Askew points to Grassfire’s latest whip count:

Whip Count Taken 9/18

Senators Supporting Dream Act:
IN Bayh
NM Bingaman

Senators Opposing Dream Act:
TN Alexander
WY Barasso
KY Bunning
NC Burr
GA Chambliss
OK Coburn
TN Corker
OK Inhofe
GA Isakson
AL Sessions
AL Shelby
LA Vitter

Senators who stated No Position:
CO Allard
MT Baucus
MO Bond
OH Brown
KS Brownback
WV Byrd
MS Cochran
MN Coleman
ME Collins
ID Crapo
SC DeMint
NC Dole
NM Domenici
ND Dorgan
NV Ensign
WY Enzi
IA Grassley
IA Harkin
UT Hatch
LA Landrieu
MO McCaskill
KY McConnell
AK Murkowski
NE Nelson
AR Pryor
KS Roberts
WV Rockefeller
VT Sanders
OR Smith
MI Stabenow
AK Stevens
NH Sununu
MT Tester
SD Thune
OH Voinovich
VA Warner
VA Webb

Still Awaiting Response:
TX Cornyn
TX Hutchison

Keep dialing.

Update 10:30am Eastern 9/19. Meanwhile, more bloody consequences of open-borders: Illegal alien gangster/drug addict/previous deportee kills police officer, takes hostage; Illegal Immigrant Pleads Guilty To Killing Marine, Date.

Update 9:00am Eastern 9/19: Former INS senior special agent Michael Cutler sounds the alarm on stealth amnesty and writes: “Democracy is not a spectator sport! Lead, follow or get out of the way!”

Power to the People best-selling author Laura Ingraham’s message: “Okay, it’s time for another P2TP moment–elite Dems and Republicans are trying to backdoor amnesty in the Senate this week by pushing a provision through that would give illegal alien students in-state tuition benefits. TOTAL OUTRAGE! Call your senator today–now–do it. Tell them NO to the ‘Dream Act!'”

KFI’s John and Ken are leaning on California’s senators.

The Washtimes editorial board reports:

The Bush administration has not taken an official position, but Defense Department officials are quietly urging members to support the bill. Meanwhile, Homeland Security officials, alarmed by the prospect of massive fraud resulting from Mr. Durbin’s proposal, have been opposing it. This is a clear cut issue: The DREAM Act is a nightmare.

Tell your senator: Vote NO on Senate Amendment 2237

Yesterday morning, I gave out Senate phone numbers and reiterated my warning from last week about the coming scheme by open-borders politicians in both aisles to slip the DREAM Act into the Department of Defense authorization bill (H.R. 1585).

Numbers USA reports that only 18 Senators have committed to voting no. They are:

Alabama: Sessions; Shelby
Arizona: Kyl
Georgia: Chambliss; Isakson
Kansas: Roberts
Kentucky: Bunning; McConnell
Louisiana: Vitter
Mississippi: Lott
North Carolina: Burr; Dole
Oklahoma: Inhofe
South Carolina: DeMint; Graham
Tennesee: Alexander; Corker
Wyoming: Enzi

Fire up your phone lines. According to Numbers USA, “the senators noted below voted NO on the Comprehensive Amnesty in June, but have not yet pledged to vote NO on the DREAM Act amnesty. Phone them by contacting the Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121.”

Alaska: Murkowski, Stevens
Arkansas: Pryor
Colorado: Allard
Idaho: Crapo
Indiana: Bayh
Iowa: Grassley, Harkin
Kansas: Brownback
Louisiana: Landrieu
Maine: Collins
Michigan: Stabenow
Minnesota: Coleman
Mississippi: Cochran
Missouri: Bond, McCaskill
Montana: Baucus, Tester
Nebraska: Nelson (Ben)
Nevada: Ensign
New Hampshire: Sununu
New Mexico: Bingaman, Domenici
North Dakota: Dorgan
Ohio: Brown, Voinovich
Oklahoma: Coburn
Oregon: Smith
South Dakota: *Johnson, Thune
Texas: Cornyn, Hutchison
Utah: Hatch
Vermont: Sanders
Virginia: Warner, Webb
West Virginia: Byrd, Rockefeller
Wyoming: Barrasso

(Senators in red print have pledged to vote YES on the amnesty.)

* Did not vote in June


Kate O’Beirne weighs in on the amnesty that won’t die.

Noam Askew notes that a California DREAM Act has just passed in the state Legislature. WWAD? (What will Arnold do?)

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