Millions of illegal aliens queued up across the country on Wednesday, August 15, to get papers to stay in the country. The illegals, almost all of them from either Mexico or other Hispanic nations, got into line to apply for President Obama’s “youth amnesty.” That policy, announced in June, essentially established the DREAM Act as federal law by executive decree, even though the act failed in the Senate in December 2010.
Although Obama set out a list of DREAM-like criteria for “young” illegals, the day before the amnesty began the administration began loosening the rules so that they applied to just about any young and illegal immigrant.
Lines a Mile Long
Across the country, the New York Times reported, lines of illegals as long as a mile snaked out of churches and the offices of lawyers and immigration activists who were helping the illegals.
At the Navy Pier in Chicago, the Times observed, “by midmorning Wednesday, the line wound down the long pier, through a park and along an expressway, with young people holding sheafs of documents that they hoped would prove that they qualified for the program.” The paper continued,
By noon, event organizers said, 11,500 people had attended briefings, and more than 2,000 people had been turned away because there was not enough time or staff to deal with them. …
Thousands of immigrants also waited in lines outside the offices of immigrants’ groups and flooded churches and law offices in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Boston and Houston, among other cities.
Leftist Sen. David Durbin (D-Ill.), author of the border-erasing DREAM Act, explained that the movement to legalize illegal immigrants is now unstoppable. Describing the senator as “elated,” the Times quoted him as declaring, “You can’t stop this force. This is a force of people who have grown up in this country and want to be part of its future. They are creating a moral force beyond a legal force.”
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Photo of young illegal immigrants at Navy Pier in Chicago: AP Images