John McCain's DREAM Act Flip
by Todd Beeton, Mon Jul 14, 2008 at 01:50:02 PM EDT
Today during his La Raza Q&A, John McCain said he would support the DREAM act (the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act.) Here's the video:
This is at odds with the message he sent to conservative bloggers late last year.
'John McCain held another blogger call today. He began by discussing the two major votes in the Senate yesterday -- the confirmation of Judge Southwick and the failure of the Democrats to force a vote on the Dream Act. McCain returned to Washington to help get Southwick confirmed, but left for Iowa before the Dream Act vote, in order to attend an event at which he gave what he described as a major speech about what's next in the entire Middle East region now that "we're succeeding in Iraq."
...As for the Dream Act, McCain told us that he would have voted against cloture (i.e., in favor of preventing a vote) because he "got the message" this summer that Americans want the border secured before we "go on to the rest." McCain would deem parts of the border secure when the governor of the relevant state so certifies.
Since McCain is clearly on record as to how he would have voted on the Dream Act cloutre motion, and since his vote was not needed to prevent cloture, there seems to be no basis for criticizing his departure for Iowa prior to the vote.'
So if he'd stayed for the vote, McCain would have supported the filibuster of the DREAM Act but if it actually went to an up or down vote would he have voted for it or against it? Sounds like he ducked that question with the bloggers but today at La Raza he told a young woman flat out he would support it. I imagine Senator McCain's conservative blogger friends might have a few words for him.
If in fact his statement today was sincere, though, I commend Senator McCain for his support of the DREAM Act. Peter Schragg described this essential bill as follows at The California Progress Report:
[The DREAM Act] would allow an estimated 360,000 young illegal immigrants who are recent graduates of U.S. high schools - many are now in college - to get on the track toward legal residency. [...]
The act covers students brought here by their parents as young children. Many don't speak their native language and know little about the country where they were born. Collectively they represent an investment of some $18 billion-plus in their American education.
But...call me crazy...something tells me a press conference is in the offing wherein John McCain will tell us he actually does not support the DREAM Act and that his "Yes...yes..." was taken out of context or some other variation on his tendency to tell us he did not say what he actually said. How long do you give him?
Update [2008-7-14 18:15:53 by Todd Beeton]:Kyle at The Sanctuary reminds me that as a co-sponsor of the bill, McCain was for the DREAM Act before he was against it (and now for it.)
McCain Today: Told a young questioner he would support the DREAM Act.
2003 & 2005 & 2007: McCain Co-Sponsored The DREAM Act. McCain co-sponsored versions of the DREAM Act in 2003, 2005, and early 2007. [S 1545, introduced 7/31/03 ; S 2075, introduced 11/21/05 ; S 774, introduced 3/6/07 ]
NOW in 2007: McCain Skipped Vote On DREAM Act But Said He Would Have Voted Against Bill That He Co-Sponsored. "Last week, McCain skipped a Senate vote on immigration legislation called the DREAM Act - Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors. He then said he would have voted against the bill, even though he was a co-sponsor." [Myrtle Beach Sun-News, 11/2/07 ]