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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 24, 2007
CONTACT: Jessica Echard (202) 544-0353
Senate Wakes from DREAM and Votes Down Amnesty
Washington, D.C. — Eagle Forum, a leading pro-family organization founded by Phyllis Schlafly, commends the U.S. Senate today for defeating the cloture motion to proceed to S. 2205, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, by a vote of 52-44 (Roll Call 394). The bill would have granted amnesty to illegal aliens who came to this country before the age of 16 and who have lived here at least five years. This was the Senate's first attempt to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens since the defeat of the Kennedy-McCain-Kyl bill in June of this year.
"We are happy that Senators are waking up from their dream that they can sneak an amnesty past the American people," stated Eagle Forum Executive Director, Jessica Echard.
"This bill was clearly a backdoor amnesty bill and it was rightly defeated," Echard said. "The failure of yet another attempt by the Senate to legalize millions of illegal aliens should encourage Homeland Security to continue focusing on enforcement, as we have seen recently."
"The American people want to see the illegal population in this country shrink," stated Echard. "They do not want to see U.S. Senators proposing and voting on new ways to extend them legal status. We were very refreshed to see the White House opposed to this bill."
"We continue to see overwhelming support for border security and enforcement of our immigration laws," concluded Echard. "It is good news to hear that the Senate and the Bush administration are getting on board with the agenda of the American people."