ProEnglish Urges Consideration of CBO Score Before Congress Votes on Costly DREAM Act Amnesty

Dec 01, 2010, 19:06 ET from ProEnglish

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Congress should not be voting on any mass amnesty legislation without being fully aware of the cost estimate from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office," said ProEnglish Executive Director Jayne Cannava.  "This evening, Rep. Steve King of Iowa requested that CBO release its cost analysis of the DREAM Act before the House or the Senate moves to consider it for a vote on the floor after the legislation was rumored to carry a staggering price tag of $20 billion."

ProEnglish opposes the DREAM Act because it would grant amnesty to millions of non-English-speaking and limited-English-proficient illegal aliens without requiring specific steps to learn English.  This will dramatically increase demands for costly taxpayer-funded multilingual government services, such as multilingual voting ballots, driver's license tests in multiple languages, translations for official documents and school textbooks, and government-mandated interpreters.

"A lame duck congress has no business rushing through drastic changes to longstanding immigration policy.  The DREAM Act would grant amnesty to over 2.1 million illegal aliens and facilitate eventual entry of hundreds of thousands of their extended family members," said Cannava.  "Passing this bill without first considering the CBO cost analysis would undermine the American taxpayer and further erode the American people's waning confidence in their government."

"A recent Public Opinion Research poll conducted on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform found that 59 percent of respondents want the lame duck Congress to focus on unresolved tax and budget issues, not divisive social issues like the DREAM Act," Cannava said.

"We hope there is effective bipartisan pressure in the House of Representatives and the Senate to derail this bill, especially since it does not contain a requirement that the newly legalized immigrants learn English," concluded Cannava.

ProEnglish is the nation's leading advocate of official English. We work through the courts and in the court of public opinion to defend English's historic role as America's common, unifying language, and to persuade lawmakers to adopt English as the official language at all levels of government.

To interview ProEnglish Executive Director Jayne Cannava contact Phil Kent (404) 226-3549 or email

SOURCE ProEnglish