State ‘Dream Act’ Set to Pass After Republicans’ About-Face

Brian M. Rosenthal, Seattle Times, January 31, 2014

State Senate Republicans announced Thursday they will vote to allow financial aid for students who were illegally brought to the United States as children, a stunning reversal that paves the way for passage of a top Democratic priority.

Higher Education Committee chairwoman Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, who 18 days ago described the so-called state “Dream Act” as not a priority, said she expects a version of the bill to pass through her committee and the Senate floor Friday.

It already passed the House and has Gov. Jay Inslee’s support.

“This has never been about immigration,” said Bailey, flanked by supporters, in an afternoon news conference. “It’s about making sure that we take care of the students that live in our state.”


The announcement served as a jolt in a quiet legislative session, surprising many in the Capitol.

But advocates said moderate Republicans, especially floor leader Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, have quietly been pushing the immigrant bill for months.


Bailey and other GOP leaders said they decided to support the proposal after ensuring it would include enough money to avoid hurting the chances of thousands of students already on the waitlist for state financial aid.

The Republican version, Senate Bill 6523, would include $5 million for the State Need Grant program to offset the expected caseload increase.

About 1,100 more students would receive aid, according to Rachelle Sharpe of the Washington Student Achievement Council, which administers the grants.


About 74,000 students currently receive State Need Grants, and an additional 32,000 eligible students were turned away last year because of a lack of funding.


The governor had called in his State of the State address for the Senate to approve the proposal. But up until Thursday, that looked unlikely.

When the Democrat-controlled state House voted 71-23 for its version of the bill on the first day of the session, Senate Republicans signaled that it would not move in their chamber.


But the bill introduced Thursday by Bailey and five other members of the GOP-led Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, including Majority Leader Rodney Tom, was virtually identical to the House version.

The only difference was that in the Senate bill, which supporters called the REAL Hope Act, spelled out the cost.


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  • NeanderthalDNA

    Dems supporting treacherous un-American crypto-Marxist garbage? To be expected.
    But Pubs?
    To be expected. Hate them both equally. You, whose country is being turned into your semi-comfy concentration camp, have the right and obligation to hate those who are destroying you.

    • mikebowen55

      …and hate them I do. See you in Valhalla, friend.

  • bigone4u

    “It’s about making sure that we take care of the students that live in our state.”
    Does that include white children born in your state, Miss Bailey? Un huh. Didn’t think so.

    • IstvanIN

      Or better yet, citizens of your state? Does Washington want our (NJ) Governor?

      • Erasmus

        If there’s one citizen of Washington homeless, in need of an education or medical care, then they have no right to give money away to an alien horde before all the needs of her state’s citizens are met.

        This woman is a traitor. I hope her constituents dump her.

        • IstvanIN

          Charity begins at home, you sir are correct.

          • Erasmus

            Government at all levels give away taxpayer-paid for benefits to illegal aliens and then they scratch their ****s wondering why they keep coming.

            Americans no longer have legitimate governments. The first duty of EVERY government, everywhere and always is to protect the lives and property of its members. When clowns, like this woman, refuse to do that, then it’s readily apparent that they are no longer a legitimate government but, instead, little more than a crime syndicate, bent on enriching its members at the public’s expense.

    • Ella

      White students get a reduction in their grants spreading the wealth or zero increase with inflated tuition and then, an increase in debt to the wonderful world of banksters.

  • Erasmus

    It’s as if the GOP at the national and state levels are competing for who can make Republican party irrelevant the fastest.
    The GOP can go to hell. I am done supporting them. They are a worthless bunch, and my only regret is that they weren’t relegated to the trash heap of history sooner, before they had time to bankrupt the country and surrender to a foreign horde.

  • IstvanIN

    The next Nuremberg trials should be quite a hoot.

  • Spartacus

    They’re both the same. Stop voting and start planning for secession .

    • NeanderthalDNA

      I’d like to see the counties of the several states which make up Appalaichia try to secede from their current states and form a state of the same name – precursor to a White redoubt in the east of what was once my country.

      Whitest, poorest region of the “nation”, and least crime prone! What’s up with that Mr Boas?

      • mikebowen55

        Certainly an aberration as we all know that poverty causes crime.

  • Puggg

    But Seattle doesn’t have to worry. The football team won a fancy chrome trophy. Everything is well.

    • Kenner

      Seattle’s blacks defeated Denver’s blacks.
      It’s the Plantation Bowl.
      Tara: 43, Twelve Oaks, 8.

  • Homo_Occidentalis

    Genocide, plain and simple. I think America is skipping the Brazil stage of civilization collapse and turning directly into South Africa. Look for more redistribution of wealth from white to non-white hands in the near future.

  • JohnEngelman

    State Senate Republicans announced Thursday they will vote to allow financial aid for students who were illegally brought to the United States as children.

    – Brian M. Rosenthal, Seattle Times, January 31, 2014

    In other words, illegal immigrants will be given tax money to compete for university positions with American citizens. On top of that they will probably be given the benefits of affirmative action policies.

  • Greg Thomas

    With enemies like the GOP, who needs to worry about the democrats.

  • MBlanc46

    Big business Repubs have been waiting years for this.

  • Anglo

    Evil is always irrational. Let these traitors die a thousand deaths for the cowardly liars they are.

  • WR_the_realist

    In New Hampshire there is now a proposal to put “None of the above” on the ballots. I hope the bill passes but it is doubtful. I would like every state to have such an option. “None of the above” would win every time.

    I propose that we replace all politicians with hound dogs. No hound dog would

    1. Start a war.
    2. Vote to increase immigration.
    3. Vote to spend tax payers’ dollars on education of the children of illegal immigrants.
    4. Vote to spend tax payers’ dollars on health care for illegal immigrants.
    5. Vote to discriminate against whites (who usually take better care of their hound dogs than blacks do).

    See how much better hound dogs are than people as politicians?

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    The British historian Arnold Toynbee once said: “Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.” America is committing demographic, cultural, political, economic, national and ethnic suicide by means of massive third world immigration.

  • SoCal Patriot

    As much as he is in favor of Republicans pandering to Hispanics, I bet (Seattle-based radio talk show host) Michael Medved is happy.

  • scutum

    I urge everyone who posts on this site to check out the American Freedom Party. The Republicans are a disgrace and are simply Democrat lite. Why vote for the cheap imitation (Republicans) when you can vote for the real thing. (Democrats) Think John Boehner, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Linsey Graham, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Mitt Romney, the Bush family, and a host of other progressives masquerading as patriotic conservatives in the Republican Party.

    • WR_the_realist

      It’s hard to figure out why anyone would vote for the Republicans when they can always vote for the real thing, Democrats.