Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

Fwd: OP-ED ARTIC;LE--"There is no future without DREAM"

Expand Messages
  • Salvador Carranza
    I want to share with you the very informative and compelling op-ed article that Enrique Figueroa, Director of the Roberto Hernandez Center wrote for the
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 4, 2011
    • 0 Attachment
      I want to share with you the very informative and compelling op-ed article that Enrique Figueroa, Director of the Roberto Hernandez Center wrote for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the failure by the Senate to pass the DREAM Act.

      Sal Carranza

      =========================================================================================================================================

      There is no future without DREAM

      By Enrique E. Figueroa

      Jan. 1, 2011 |(29) Comments

      On June 28, 2007, the U.S. Senate voted to end debate on a comprehensive immigration bill. The bill was defeated 46 to 53; 34 Democrats and 12 Republicans supported the cloture vote. One provision of the comprehensive reform bill was the DREAM Act.

      On December 18, 2010, the Senate voted on cloture on the DREAM Act and was defeated by a vote of 55 to 41, with 52 Democrats and three Republicans supporting it. It needed 60 votes to force another vote.

      Closer, but no cigar. So what happened during these three-and-a-half years? Let's just call it a failure of leadership - from both political parties and, sadly, from Latino "leadership" as well.

      Let's dissect this debacle. No, debacle is the right word. The DREAM Act would give the children of illegal immigrants a chance - through military service or college education - to stay. Earning their way to legal residency, in other words - for people who had no say in coming here in the first place and for whom the United States is likely the only country they know.

      Many fingers will be correctly pointed at Republicans, but I note that the absence of six Democratic votes spelled the Act's demise in December. Perhaps we can have a new rallying cry going into 2011. "Remember the Six."

      Essentially, senators from the party that purports to represent Latino interests best could not deliver. And, this, unfortunately, is a very old story.

      Montana's Max Baucus and Jon Tester were consistent at least. They voted no both in 2007 and 2010. Joining them was Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor and Nebraska's Ben Nelson. Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina voted against the DREAM Act in December but was not a senator in 2007. And neither was Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, replacing Sen. Robert Byrd, who died last year. Byrd didn't vote for the DREAM Act in 2007. Manchin didn't vote at all for the bill in 2010.

      But anyone involved with immigration reform knows that such legislation can't gain traction without Republican support, Senate rules being what they are. The minority party's ability to block and stall in that body is legend.

      And there was significant erosion of GOP support in 2010. Only two of the 12 senators who voted for comprehensive reform in 2007, voted for the DREAM Act in 2010. Four of the original were no longer senators in 2010 and one became a Democrat. But if even half of those senators who were supportive in 2007 had stayed supportive in 2010, the DREAM ACT would be law.

      The reason is pretty obvious.

      Both of Arizona's senators, John McCain and Jon Kyl, saw their state make headline news in 2010 because of a homegrown immigration law. McCain authored comprehensive immigration reform once upon a time. That, however, was before a bruising presidential campaign and a re-election campaign, both of which featured a perceived need to placate his party's hardcore right.

      Sen. Orrin Hatch was one of the original co-sponsors of the DREAM Act. But he, too, got a message from the right - from the ouster of Utah's junior senator, Bob Bennett, by a tea party candidate in a 2010 primary election. So, Hatch abstained from supporting the DREAM Act in December, though Bennett did vote affirmatively.

      Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire was another one who didn't vote. And two votes counted on - Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Olympia Snowe of Maine - voted no.

      Four GOP senators who voted for comprehensive immigration reform in 2007 had been replaced by the time the 2010 vote came along, and their replacements did not support the DREAM Act in 2010. I suspect that Latinos had very little influence in their election. That kind of influence might have made a difference.

      So, what does all this add up to? In November, the Pew Hispanic Center released a report titled, "National Latino Leader? The Job is Open." Sixty-four percent of Latinos surveyed could not name the most important Latino leader; 10% said one didn't exist. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor received the highest score, at 7%.

      I can only reiterate the survey's results. What the latest DREAM Act vote demonstrates is that Latino leadership was impotent and that the leadership job is indeed open. Filling it is imperative because others cannot be counted on to represent Latino interests.

      Enrique E. Figueroa is the director of the Roberto Hernandez Center and associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


    • Peter R. Munoz
      Salvador, thank you for sharing the excellent article by Dr. Figueroa. As he states: What the latest DREAM Act vote demonstrates is that Latino leadership
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 4, 2011
      • 0 Attachment
        Salvador, thank you for sharing the excellent article by Dr. Figueroa.  As he states:
         
        "What the latest DREAM Act vote demonstrates is that Latino leadership was impotent and that the leadership job is indeed open. Filling it is imperative because others cannot be counted on to represent Latino interests."
         
        Hopefully a viable worthy and effective Latino leader will arise who will not be undermined by the habitual self-destructing tendencies of our community.
         

        To: MadisonLUChA@yahoogroups.com; lasup@yahoogroups.com
        From: salcandresen@...
        Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2011 12:09:35 -0800
        Subject: [MadisonLUChA] Fwd: OP-ED ARTIC;LE--"There is no future without DREAM"

         
        I want to share with you the very informative and compelling op-ed article that Enrique Figueroa, Director of the Roberto Hernandez Center wrote for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the failure by the Senate to pass the DREAM Act.

        Sal Carranza

        =========================================================================================================================================

        There is no future without DREAM

        By Enrique E. Figueroa

        Jan. 1, 2011 |(29) Comments

        On June 28, 2007, the U.S. Senate voted to end debate on a comprehensive immigration bill. The bill was defeated 46 to 53; 34 Democrats and 12 Republicans supported the cloture vote. One provision of the comprehensive reform bill was the DREAM Act.
        On December 18, 2010, the Senate voted on cloture on the DREAM Act and was defeated by a vote of 55 to 41, with 52 Democrats and three Republicans supporting it. It needed 60 votes to force another vote.
        Closer, but no cigar. So what happened during these three-and-a-half years? Let's just call it a failure of leadership - from both political parties and, sadly, from Latino "leadership" as well.
        Let's dissect this debacle. No, debacle is the right word. The DREAM Act would give the children of illegal immigrants a chance - through military service or college education - to stay. Earning their way to legal residency, in other words - for people who had no say in coming here in the first place and for whom the United States is likely the only country they know.
        Many fingers will be correctly pointed at Republicans, but I note that the absence of six Democratic votes spelled the Act's demise in December. Perhaps we can have a new rallying cry going into 2011. "Remember the Six."
        Essentially, senators from the party that purports to represent Latino interests best could not deliver. And, this, unfortunately, is a very old story.
        Montana's Max Baucus and Jon Tester were consistent at least. They voted no both in 2007 and 2010. Joining them was Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor and Nebraska's Ben Nelson. Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina voted against the DREAM Act in December but was not a senator in 2007. And neither was Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, replacing Sen. Robert Byrd, who died last year. Byrd didn't vote for the DREAM Act in 2007. Manchin didn't vote at all for the bill in 2010.
        But anyone involved with immigration reform knows that such legislation can't gain traction without Republican support, Senate rules being what they are. The minority party's ability to block and stall in that body is legend.
        And there was significant erosion of GOP support in 2010. Only two of the 12 senators who voted for comprehensive reform in 2007, voted for the DREAM Act in 2010. Four of the original were no longer senators in 2010 and one became a Democrat. But if even half of those senators who were supportive in 2007 had stayed supportive in 2010, the DREAM ACT would be law.
        The reason is pretty obvious.
        Both of Arizona's senators, John McCain and Jon Kyl, saw their state make headline news in 2010 because of a homegrown immigration law. McCain authored comprehensive immigration reform once upon a time. That, however, was before a bruising presidential campaign and a re-election campaign, both of which featured a perceived need to placate his party's hardcore right.
        Sen. Orrin Hatch was one of the original co-sponsors of the DREAM Act. But he, too, got a message from the right - from the ouster of Utah's junior senator, Bob Bennett, by a tea party candidate in a 2010 primary election. So, Hatch abstained from supporting the DREAM Act in December, though Bennett did vote affirmatively.
        Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire was another one who didn't vote. And two votes counted on - Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Olympia Snowe of Maine - voted no.
        Four GOP senators who voted for comprehensive immigration reform in 2007 had been replaced by the time the 2010 vote came along, and their replacements did not support the DREAM Act in 2010. I suspect that Latinos had very little influence in their election. That kind of influence might have made a difference.
        So, what does all this add up to? In November, the Pew Hispanic Center released a report titled, "National Latino Leader? The Job is Open." Sixty-four percent of Latinos surveyed could not name the most important Latino leader; 10% said one didn't exist. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor received the highest score, at 7%.
        I can only reiterate the survey's results. What the latest DREAM Act vote demonstrates is that Latino leadership was impotent and that the leadership job is indeed open. Filling it is imperative because others cannot be counted on to represent Latino interests.
        Enrique E. Figueroa is the director of the Roberto Hernandez Center and associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

      Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.