U.S. Congresswoman Candice Miller (MI-10) today expressed serious concerns with the passage of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2010. Miller said:
"This legislation is a slap in the face of those who have abided by the laws set by our nation and have come here legally, and waited for years in many cases to do so. The DREAM Act provides an estimated two million illegal immigrants with amnesty, taxpayer-funded education and benefits, as well as an expedited path to citizenship. The biggest slap in the face for law abiding Americans is that they, their children and grandchildren will receive the bill to pay for the massive cost of this amnesty. As we learned with the last mass amnesty granted in 1986, rewarding illegal immigration only encourages more. Furthermore, once amnesty recipients become citizens and turn 21, they can sponsor their illegal immigrant parents for legalization, who can then sponsor other relatives -- in other words this is nothing more than chain amnesty for illegal aliens.
"I am a proponent of immigration, as long as it is legal immigration and practiced in accordance with our existing laws. The United States of America is a melting pot, and one of this nation's greatest strengths is our great diversity. My constituents have expressed their concerns to me about this path to amnesty and disregard to our laws, particularly those who followed the rules to become Americans.
"In addition, at a time of high unemployment, this bill will provide millions of more competitors for scarce jobs and make millions more eligible, immediately, for state and federal welfare benefits. It is very frustrating that this Democrat majority refuses to hear the calls of the American people to focus on creating jobs and growing our economy."