The media really should have picked up the truly obnoxious (and completely false) appeal to racism to convince his colleagues to vote against the DREAM Act last night:



Mr. Speaker, if this act passes, if an illegal immigrant happens to be of a racial or ethnic minority, which the vast majority of illegal immigrants are, that individual, as soon as legal status is granted, will be entitled to all the education, employment, job training, government contracts, and other minority preferences that are written into our Federal and State laws. As a
result, the DREAM Act would not only put illegal immigrants on par with
American citizens, but would in many cases put them ahead of most American
citizens and legal immigrants.

So those voting for this so-called DREAM Act are voting to relegate the position of nonminority American citizens to behind those who are now in this country illegally.

This doesn't just give young illegal immigrants in-State tuition; it provides them preference in admission.

This is a betrayal of our law-abiding citizens and their families in order to help people who have come here illegally.

I urge my colleagues to oppose this affirmative action amnesty. I urge my colleagues to oppose this horrible example of misplaced loyalties and concerns that will help illegals at the expense
of our citizens and legal immigrants.

It is not being coldhearted to acknowledge that every dollar spent on illegal immigrants is $1 less that's spent on our own children, our own senior citizens, and for all those in our
society who have played by the rules, who have paid their taxes and expect their government to watch out for their needs before it bestows privileges and scarce resources on illegals who
have not played by the rules.

This legislation not only increases the burden on our hard-pressed government
programs and services, but will give foreigners who are here illegally
preference over nonminority citizens, U.S. citizens. It doesn't get much worse
than that.