Palin Slams DREAM Act at Ellis Island

sarah palin ellis islandEarlier this week, Sarah Palin visited Ellis Island and the “Statute” of Liberty as part of her One Nation tour. “It’s one of the symbols of course of our country, and it’s a reminder too that immigrants built this country,” Palin stated at a press conference. “So we want to make sure that we’re highlighting that on our bus tour, maybe so that the present day immigrants know how much we appreciate them and their work ethic, and their love of country and freedom.”

Yet, Palin noted that there is a limit when it comes to her appreciation of immigrants. Exceptions include undocumented youth who were brought to the U.S. by their parents at a young age and who want nothing more than the ability to contribute to society after going to college or enrolling in the military:

PALIN: The immigrants of the past, they had to literally and figuratively stand in line and follow rules to become U.S. citizens. I’d like to see that continue. And unfortunately, the DREAM Act kind of usurps that — the system that is a legal system to make sure that immigrants who want to be here legally, working hard, producing and supplying revenue and resources for their families, that they’re able to do that right and legally. Unfortunately, the DREAM Act doesn’t accomplish that.

Watch footage of Palin’s remarks:

Actually, the DREAM Act aims to accomplish precisely what Palin described. Under theDREAM Act bill that Republicans killed last December, applicants would have had to go through a rigorous process of background checks, in addition to paying taxes, learning English, and either serving in the military or attending college. They would have then received a “conditional nonimmigrant” status and would be required to “stand in line” for ten years before being granted legal immigrant status. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the same bill would reduce the deficit by $1.4 billion over ten years.

Andrea NillPalin, who has not ruled out the possibility of running for president, set forth anincoherent immigration platform in 2010. When Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly asked her what she would do about immigration if she ever became “President Palin,” she responded, “Let’s keep it simple and let’s say ‘no, if you were here illegally and if you don’t follow the steps that at some point through immigration reform we’re gonna be able to provide — and that is somehow to allow you to work — if you don’t do that, then you’re gonna be gone.’” Palin seemed to suggest that for those who follow the rules, “there has to be that expectation that they will work and that they will contribute.”

Andrea Nill Sanchez
Think Progress


  1. Annette says

    Exceptions include undocumented youth who were brought to the U.S. by their parents at a young age and who want nothing more than the ability to contribute to society after going to college…

    Oh, that’s all they want? Just to CONTRIBUTE to society? Oh, OK, then let’s take all the children of illegal aliens off welfare, Section 8, HEAP, food stamps and every other social service program they qualify for and routinely access.

    How about we put THAT idea into the Dream Act. That recipients of this amnesty program can not use social service programs, even after they have their “instant citizen” babies in our country.

    Illegal immigration and amnesty are the biggest blind spots in our liberal mentality. Instead of trying to export to poor nations the concept and benefits of a strong middle class, we get suckered into degrading our political clout by hurting our own workers with a massive influx of immigrants who have absolutely no intention of contributing to our society, but who see an easy way to steal our resources simply by having babies in our country. Even if they do work, they often degrade our hard fought workers rights and other gains because they’re willing to work under the table for low pay and they’re willing to accept employers who ignore work place safety rules. This results in American employers getting richer off the backs of illegal aliens, while the rest of us see lowered wages and higher taxes.

    Everyone says the right wing votes against their own interests, but the left is actively destroying our country by foolishly supporting amnesty, which simply encourages more and more illegal immigration.

    We could demand that all of our tax money that currently goes to poor nations be used to uplift the poverty stricken instead of making the rich richer. Instead, liberals do nothing to stop elites in Mexico and Latin America, and instead, help the rich continue their theft while we pay for their pilfering ways.

    I know liberals are trying to act compassionately. But pushing for policies like the Dream Act that destroy our working and middle classes, while making the rich richer in both this country and elsewhere, in the long run will help neither our country nor the millions of immigrants who move here.

  2. Jackson Black says

    Why should going to college here give someone US citizenship? Every illegal alien that attends a US college or university means one less legal citizen that gets accepted. When your kids can’t get into a college because they’ve accepted a bunch of illegal aliens using the Dream Act, are you going to be happy? How many African Americans with low grades won’t going to college because all the seats are taken by illegal aliens on their way to “earning” their citizenship at the expense of those who get bumped?

    More to the point, why should American taxpayers have to fund the education of illegal aliens? And please, dont’ pretend that tuition pays for our universities. They’re tax supported. Dream Act beneficiaries will even be able to pay LESS tuition, because they can claim in-state status.

    Every time someone points out the unfairness of the Dream Act, they get called xenophobic. That’s not xenophobia, it’s common sense! Illegal aliens can already use military service to become citizens. It’s legal, and reasonable.

    We don’t need the Dream Act. It’s bad policy. It’s amnesty. And it’s one more way well meaning liberals get tricked into paying for illegal aliens instead of American citizens or people that need our help in other countries who DON’T sneak into the US demanding amnesty for their illegal acts.

  3. Hattie Babb says

    We are spending too much money for illegal immirgrants. Let play fair make them more responsible if american citizens have to have identification and social security numbers everyone should be require to have the same. Go to immigration and pay the $100.00 to study for the test, the children 16 and older should be responsible for their parents learning each question in english and the answer in english to pass the test. We allow them to own rental property, collect rent and they don’t have to report it. What is wrong with the USA? We need to take care of our own.

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