Via Michelle Malkin, I see a report on ethnic activists playing up the military service provision of the DREAM Act in an (unsuccessful) attempt to swing Republican votes — despite the progressives’ “uncomfortable” feelings about the military:
DREAMers, as the bill’s youth activists are often called, are hoping to exploit the military service provision in the DREAM Act that’s been contentious in progressive circles, and therefore not much discussed. “The reality is that on our end, our messaging has ignored the military option,” DREAM Act activist Mohammad Abdollahi said, acknowledging that it’s an uncomfortable alliance especially for communities of color who are often targeted by military recruiters.
Today, reporters heard from Yahaira Carrillo, who spoke at a DREAM Act kickoff event today. Carrillo was one of four other activists who risked deportation when they were arrested after staging a sit-in in Sen. John McCain’s Arizona office on May 17. Carrillo, who’s lived in the country for 18 years, recalled the crushing conversation with a high school ROTC instructor who told her it was no use continuing in the program because she’d never be able to serve in the military. “If and when the DREAM Act is passed,” she said, “I will still consider joining the military. Because I love this country that much, that I want to serve.”
As the old Kenny Rogers/Kim Carnes song says, don’t fall in love with a DREAMer. They’ll always take you in.
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