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Protesters rally in Miami Beach for passage of DREAM Act, repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'

By JUAN CARLOS CHAVEZ, cchavez@ElNuevoHerald.com

Three days after the House of Representatives passed the DREAM Act bill that would legalize thousands of undocumented students, dozens of young people from various organizations gathered in front of Miami Beach City Hall on Saturday to call public attention to the issue.

The event served also to call for the repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, which forbids gays to serve openly in the nation's armed forces.

``To us it is important that these problems be resolved,'' said Juan Rodríguez, an MBA student who is the spokesman of Students Working for Equal Rights. ``We are at a critical point and we want support in Washington. There are millions of people in the country dependent upon the passing of these bills,'' said Rodríguez, 21.

The debate in Washington on the student bill suffered an unexpected delay in the Senate when Democratic senators approved a measure to postpone it.

The idea, according to sources familiar with the process, is to debate the original bill passed by the House Thursday on a 216-198 vote.

Meanwhile, the Senate is expected to vote on Don't Ask Don't Tell during the lame-duck period before the new Congress takes over next year.

A recent Pew Research Center poll found that 58 percent of Americans support gays serving openly in the armed forces. Twenty-seven percent oppose gays and lesbians serving in the armed forces, while 16 percent is undecided. The poll was performed between Nov. 4 and 7 on a sample of 1,255 adult Americans.

In Miami, community representatives and members of the groups VotoLatino, SAVE Dade and S.W.E.R., among others, joined their voices to appeal to the public conscience on the importance of these issues.

Felipe Matos, 24, a student at St. Thomas University, asked to not only exert political maturity but also to put aside discrimination.

``We are fighting to change the issues that concern us,'' said Matos, who is of Brazilian origin.

David Valk, a SAVE Dade community organizer, said the purpose of the mobilization and efforts made in Washington is to open the doors to all.

``This is the battle of my life, the movement of our generation -- to bring equality of access and opportunity to all people,'' Walk said.

Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower was among the attendees at Saturday afternoon demonstrations.

``It's very important for the kids to go to school and get an education,'' Herrera said. ``The other issue is a matter of human rights.''


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Happy Hypocritical Holidays Everybody! Instead of looking under something, maybe try looking within and see the gifts of principal that we all have been given but so many choose not to use in this selfish me me me... what am I going to get reality world, except it seems only on one day of year!... I have been known not to make that jolly old man's list! Do you deserve to be on it this year? Just thinking aloud...

I did a key words search on the citation: TITLE 8 > CHAPTER 12 > SUBCHAPTER II > Part VIII > § 1324. And, I read several of the results.

This law seems interesting when you consider the number of cities that have declared themselves sanctuary cities, the number of institutions harboring illegal immigrants and the number of politicians (and clergy) that have spoken in favor of those living in our country without proper authorization / documentation. Aside from the fact that this part of the U.S. Code is not being enforced, it seems any new law on immigration would have to include wording voiding / or superceding this section of the U.S. Code.

I'm going to send your citation to L.A's Archbishop Mahoney, Mayor Villaraigosa, and S. F. Mayor Gavin Newsom.

The Catch 22 trap and the Dream Act

The most obvious question to ask, if the Dream Act passes in the Senate next week, are the parents still liable for excludability from the United States? If the parents are illegal by definition, can these people be deported? Let’s face it the students might get special relief under The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, but that doesn't mean the parents are free and clear? Those who enter without inspection have committed a federal crime Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, and ICE are charged to knock on the door with an arrest warrant, once they know the abode of the student’s family? These scholars are the perfect GPS to zero-in on all the rest of the family under one roof. How is greasy Senator Harry Reid of Nevada and his hard Core liberal progressives going to slip this "Catch 22" around the Immigration and Customs Service? Yet the Lib-Democrats are insisting this in not any kind of Amnesty?

If the Senate has some sleazy amendment that states the parents cannot be deported, then this is simply another—AMNESTY--that is being slipped past the American people. Learn the facts, not lies, propaganda spread by the Left Wing Press at NumbersUSA. The Pew Hispanic Center, has estimated a total of 2.15 million persons who might qualify for the DREAM Act. Then simply estimate that if both parents entered America illegally, a projection can assume 5 million blood relation illegal aliens are in the student’s home, who can be charged with unlawful entry and taken into custody?

In addition--any Student--come to that, any illegal alien can join the military in time of conflict. One does not need the Dream Act to be recruited into the armed forces, using 8 USC § 1440, these illegal aliens can become naturalized citizens through expedited processing, often obtaining U.S. citizenship within half a year?

Pass the Dream ACT and repeal DADT in 2010.

the NATIVE AMERICANS gave the WHITES a chance ass well they gave the BLACKS a chance!!! SO NOW LET US HISPANICS LATINOS ILLIGALS HAVE A CHANCE!!!

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