Colin Powell is for the dream act. The armed forces are for the dream act. A Tea Party member agreed

September 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

palm beach post     With an important vote on the emotional issue of immigration due today in the U.S. Senate, former secretary of state Colin Powell — son of Jamaican immigrants — chose this past weekend to join the fray.  Appearing on “Meet the Press” Sunday, Powell voiced support for the pending immigration bill known as the Dream Act. He also attacked political conservatives, including members of his own Republican party, for their “hostility” toward immigrants.  The Dream Act addresses the legal status of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. before the age of 16, have lived here for at least five years and have either graduated from high school or earned a General Equivalency Diploma. It would allow those individuals to qualify for permanent residence either by completing two years of college or by serving two years in the U.S. military.  The armed forces have backed the Dream Act, because it will afford them a new population from which to recruit. In fact the military already has thousands of enlistees who are not full U.S. citizens.  Powell, a retired four-star general and former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, closed ranks with his fellow military men.  He said a path to legal status should be offered to illegal immigrants, not just because of the role they could play in the military, but because they “are doing things we need done in this country.”   Broward-based Tea Party spokesman Tim McClellan said he also opposed most elements of the Dream Act.  “We have to stop kowtowing to illegal aliens,” he said.  But McClellan said he would support legislation that offered a path to U.S. citizenship for undocumented people who serve in the armed forces.  “I don’t have a problem with that,” McClellan said. “If you’re willing to risk your life for the U.S., for freedom, that’s a different situation.”


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