DREAM Act

NYS tuition aid for illegal immigrants...

...what could possibly be bad about that?

We've posted about the NYS DREAM Act previously.  But as The Lonely Conservative points out

New York has a projected budget shortfall of $2 billion. The only state that’s worse is California. Rather than cutting spending, New York Democrats want to spend even more money.

And so we have this to look forward to:

Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants would become eligible to receive government financial aid to attend college in New York under a bill that state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver introduced Friday...
 

...The Senate's Democratic minority has supported a New York "Dream Act," which they are trying to make a campaign issue for the fall elections to regain the majority from Republicans.

"We commend the speaker for this legislation," said Senate Democratic spokesman Mike Murphy. "This is something that we are extremely supportive of and I think it goes perfectly with our Dream Act legislation that we pushed this year, but was unfortunately blocked by the Senate Republicans."
 
There was no immediate comment from the Senate's Republican majority nor from Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
 
Under New York law, illegal immigrant students already pay the lower public college tuition for state residents, rather than the higher rate for those coming from outside New York...
 
...The bill could be considered in the regular session beginning in January, or in an expected special session after the November elections.
It would be nice if the Senate Republican conference had something to say about this...oh, never mind, they're busy running for re-election.
 
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The Road to Dictatorship

Another great piece by guest contributor Publius Ithacanus:

The Road to Dictatorship
 
When the founders drafted the Constitution, they carefully separated legislative and executive power.  As we probably learned in middle and high school, Congress passes laws, the President executes them, and the Supreme Court interprets them.  Presidents may not enact laws and they haven’t deeply encroached on Congress’ prerogatives --- until this President, who, unable to get his will, seems to know no restraint.
 
Several times the President has admitted publicly that the “Dream Act” (proposal that would effectively amnesty certain illegal aliens in the U.S. and undercut existing U.S. immigration law) was beyond presidential power and required Congressional action.  Yet, a few days ago, this same President did what he previously said he could not do, enacting the Dream Act by executive order, and for political gain.  Nothing else has changed, what he could not constitutionally do then, he cannot constitutionally do now.  This knowingly unconstitutional act is a violation of his inauguration oath to faithfully execute the laws and to preserve, protect, and defend our Constitution.  It takes the executive order to the status of law by decree.
 
This is not the first time this President has done “workarounds” to avoid a Congress that will not give him what he wants.  Several members of the National Labor Relations Board purport to sit by virtue of “recess appointments,” appointments made when Congress carefully arranged not to be and was not actually in recess (this is being contested in court).  Executive orders are intended to be used to carry out Congressional policies and internal executive branch functions.  They are not to rise to the level of new legislation or nullification of existing law by “Presidential Decree.”
 
Prior democracies died by this process.  One of the major defects of the Great Depression-era Weimar Republic in Germany was the ability of its government to rule by decree, bypassing parliament.  Dictators resort to rule by decree; presidents who issue legislative decrees unchecked are dictators.
 
Moreover, the President’s action in legislating by executive order has set a very bad precedent, one he and his party may come to regret.  For once a president asserts such authority, his successors, of the other party, may assert them as well.  What value then of the outrage of the party offended, who began the process and set the very precedent?
 
Americans should be outraged at the expansions of presidential power they are now seeing.  In the past, there has been talk of an “imperial presidency.”  The Roman Republic gave way to Roman Emperors and a loss of freedom to an absolute ruler.  This President is taking us down the same track.  Arm our presidents with the power of executive order carried to legislative enactment and we might as well send Congress home.  Congress will either confirm the President’s wishes or be bypassed.  Either way they will become useless and the founder’s separation of powers destroyed.
 
 
 
 
 
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