February 23, 2020         
LeapFrog® Announces New Blue's Clues & You! Toys Joining Expanded Infant and Preschool Learning Toy Collection   •   Red Oak Recovery® Announces CARF Accreditation for Foothills at Red Oak Recovery   •   Yellowstone Co-Creator Taylor Sheridan Signs Overall Production and Development Deal with ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Br   •   HITN’s Inaugural ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival Announces Call for Entries   •   CEMEX Announces Ambitious Strategy to Address Climate Change   •   2nd STREET USA, Inc. to Open First East Coast Store on February 22, 2020, in Manhattan’s NoHo Neighborhood   •   VTech® Grows Baby, Infant, Toddler and Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Lines with Engaging New Additions   •   Every Kid Counts: Census Bureau Partners With Pediatricians and Child Advocates in Effort to Count Every Child in 2020 Census   •   SmartBear and Drift Present Candid Panel Discussion to Spotlight Racial Challenges in Tech   •   RRD’s Customizable Kits Streamline the Path to a Better Brand Experience   •   It's A Three-Peat! L.O.L. Surprise! Wins Toy Of The Year!   •   Survival Guide for Allergy Season: Latest Tips According to Shirin Peters, M.D. With Bethany Medical Clinic   •   ADDING MULTIMEDIA Clean Beauty Meets K-Beauty: Feminine Care Brand Rael Expands Into Wellness Skincare Products   •   The Mexican Ministry of Tourism Has Been Recognised by Queer Destinations and the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Associa   •   Coding Critters from Learning Resources® Codes Its Way To The Top As This Year's Preschool Toy Of The Year Award Winner   •   Top Toy Trends of 2020 Revealed at Toy Fair New York   •   Blake Shelton Joins the Lineup for the 2020 ‘iHeartCountry Festival Presented by Capital One’   •   Toy Fair New York Opens Today; Exclusively Unveils 100,000+ New & Trending Toys & Games!   •   St. Jude Children's Research Hospital tops off Black History Month by honoring basketball legend Penny Hardaway, Dr. Trevor K. T   •   BodyLogicMD Announces $5,000 Scholastic Scholarship for Medical Students Interested in Pursuing a Career Focused in Achieving Be
Bookmark and Share

Lawmakers Labelled As "DREAM Killers" After Vote

 El Diario/La Prensa, Editorial, Staff

WASHINGTON - The young people sitting in the Senate gallery —wearing caps and gowns to symbolize their aspirations—should have seen a display of compromise, a manifestation of democracy and common sense among elected representatives.

Instead, they saw politicians at their worst—playing politics over policy.

Senate Republicans—each and every one of them—blocked a vote that could have opened the door to the DREAM Act. This bill would allow eligible undocumented youth a chance at legalizing their status upon meeting certain criteria—either completing two years of college or military service.

Democratic senators from Arkansas joined Republicans in refusing to allow a procedural vote to move on a defense authorization bill. This has stalled what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid promised to do—introduce the DREAM Act as an amendment to the defense bill. It also squashed an amendment that would have repealed the policy of "don’t ask, don’t tell" for gays in the military.

The flimsy argument by Republicans is that the amendments were not related to defense. Amendments that allow troops to be replenished and that move our armed forces into the 21st century obviously are.

But this only the latest Republican cop out. Each time legislative sponsors have tried to move the dream forward, most Republicans have bucked. And in doing so, they continue to not only let down desperate but determined young people, but also a nation that could use their talent.

Arizona State University President Michael Crow is among the educators who sees no sense in investing in the schooling of immigrant children only to shut the door on them when they are poised to reach higher education. "This is about talent acquisition," Crow and other higher education leaders emphasized in a teleconference.

Business leaders have come out in favor of the DREAM Act. So have religious leaders. But Republicans won’t budge on this moral, educational and economic question.

We urge Latino voters to take this issue to the midterm elections.

Editor's Note:  El Diario/La Prensa printed a list of the "enemies of the dream": the U.S. Senators who voted against the DREAM Act. In its online edition, EDLP ran 
photosof these senators, along with their phone numbers, and the message: "Make your voice heard."


STORY TAGS: HISPANIC , LATINO , MEXICAN , MINORITY , CIVIL RIGHTS , DISCRIMINATION , RACISM , DIVERSITY , LATINA , RACIAL EQUALITY , BIAS , EQUALITY



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News