Letters to the Editor

Don't blame GOP for DREAM Act demise

I was amused by the letter about Congress defeating the DREAM Act, which would have allowed a path to citizenship for children brought into this country when their parents entered illegally. Amused not by the contents of the act or whether it should have passed or failed, but by the typical distortion of the facts as to why it failed.

The writer blamed Republicans as the party of "no," but like most liberals, missed the fact that Democrats have had opportunities to pass this bill since 2006. They have been in the majority in both houses of Congress since then. I am sure if they wanted to expend the political capital they could have gotten one or two of the RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) to vote for it and hit the 60 votes needed in the Senate to avoid a filibuster. But they chose not to. Guess it wasn't that important to them.

The Democrats in the Senate could have passed it this last December when they had 58 Democratic senators and two independents who caucus with them, but they were too busy cramming that health care abomination down our throats to bother with the DREAM Act, originally proposed years ago.

They had the votes to get it done last year, but I guess it wasn't important enough then, or Harry Reid couldn't offer the same "inducements" to his Democratic senators to get it done.

So blame them for its failure.

Mike Lewis Harbor Island