December 9th, 2010
06:45 PM ET

Path to citizenship for illegal aliens who came here as children?


From CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Looks like it may only be a dream after all.

Senate Democrats voted to pull the so-called "DREAM Act" from consideration today. They don't have enough votes to pass it.

DREAM is an acronym for "Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act" and would have offered a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

The measure passed the House yesterday, but unless the Senate acts, it will die with the lame-duck Congress.

The DREAM Act would apply to illegal aliens who came here when they were younger than 16, have lived in the U.S. for at least five years, received a high school diploma or G-E-D and shown "good moral character."

They would be given a six-year-conditional status before the next stage, where they would be required to go to college or serve in the military for at least two years and pass criminal background checks.

Those who don't fulfill these requirements would lose their legal status and could be deported.

Supporters say the measure offers legal standing to youngsters brought here who have bettered themselves and served our country. Critics say it's nothing more than backdoor amnesty for as many as two million illegal aliens.

They also say the bill allows illegal aliens to get in-state tuition at public universities and is a "magnet for fraud."

Here's my question to you: Should illegal aliens who came here as children be given a path to citizenship?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Immigration
December 9th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

What is New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg up to?

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From CNN's Jack Cafferty:

See if you can figure out who said this:

–"Both parties follow the mood of the moment – instead of leading from the front... Especially in these tough times, we need our leaders to inspire the whole country – not criticize half of it.

- "As families struggle to get by, they have seen little but partisan gridlock, political pandering and legislative influence-peddling. Finger-pointing, blame games, and endless attacks."

- "We've got to pull together, and focus on what's important for America – and then roll up our sleeves and fix the things that need fixing. This is the greatest nation on earth..."

- "We need to shift course. We need those in government to stop demagoguing and start delivering."

–"Today, we again have our future in our own hands. We can blame others or we can put our nose to the grindstone and get back to work. We can keep kicking the can down the road and allow the country to fall farther behind... or we can face up to the hard choices."

These comments are part of a speech made by a man who has said over and over and over again that he's not interested in national political office. Doesn't sound like it, does it?

The sweeping speech was actually given by the mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, in which he calls for "a middle way" in government.

Maybe the Republican-turned-Independent Bloomberg is thinking the same thing a lot of the rest of us are: when you look at the possible presidential candidates for 2012, it's pretty much a yawn.

Sarah Palin? Don't make me laugh. Mitt Romney? Been there, done that. Barack Obama? Probably, but he could lose.

Here's my question to you: What do you suppose New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is up to?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Michael Bloomberg