Republican Senate candidate Heather Wilson can't have it both ways. For more than a year, Wilson refused to support the DREAM Act, and repeatedly evaded questions when pressed on the issue. Now, Wilson wants to reverse her position.
"You either support the DREAM Act, or you don't," said Whitney Potter, a spokeswoman for Democratic Senate candidate Martin Heinrich. "The fact is that Heather Wilson has refused to support the DREAM Act for more than a year, despite the enormous benefits it would have for New Mexicans."
The DREAM Act would create new opportunities for immigrant students who have lived in the United States their entire lives to attend college, achieve better jobs, and give back to their communities. According to a report by the Center for American Progress, New Mexico, with 19,300 DREAMers, stands to gain 9,557 new jobs and more than $2.1 million in economic activity if the DREAM Act were to become law.
Despite these significant economic benefits, Wilson has refused to support the DREAM Act for more than a year. Furthermore, the presidential nominee of Wilson's party, Mitt Romney, has said that if the DREAM Act were to reach his desk as president, he would veto it. Romney even went so far as to call the DREAM Act a "handout."
"DREAM Act students represent much of what's best about our nation: hard work, motivation, and a willingness to serve this country," said Heinrich. "The DREAM Act is good for our economy, our security, and our nation. And the DREAM Act is the type of fair, practical immigration policy that Americans are demanding. It's time to make the Dream a reality."