On Dec. 18, the Dream Act was filibustered and failed to pass in the U.S. Senate.
The proposed law would have allowed many children of undocumented workers to become citizens, which would be especially beneficial to students struggling to attain higher education because of their immigration status.
Although Obama supported the act and called its failure “incredibly disappointing,” neither the Democrats nor the Republicans genuinely defend the interests of immigrants. (Los Angeles Times, Dec. 19)
Under the Obama administration, deportations have accelerated to a record pace. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency expects to deport up to 400,000 people in 2010, many more than during George W. Bush’s presidency. (Washington Post, July 26)
While the Dream Act would have addressed a grave injustice, it did not go far enough. Immigrants, most of whom flee oppressive conditions created by U.S. imperialism, are not criminals. It is in the interests of all workers, documented and undocumented, to reject divide-and-conquer tactics by demanding unconditional amnesty and full rights for all immigrants.
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