The inclusion of the DREAM Act and the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” as amendments to the defense spending bill in Congress has prompted wide-ranging and heated debate in the immigrant rights and LGBT movements. Here are some of the most interesting contributions to the online version of the debate:
Obviously these debates are just the latest installments in ongoing discussions on the left about DREAM and the repeal of DADT. Some activists have unequivocally opposed mobilization around both measures as representing unprincipled concessions to US militarism. My own organization, the ISO, recently came out in favor of critical support for the DREAM Act after a wide-ranging internal discussion.
Furthermore, we have to acknowledge that the political terrain is about to shift once again. It seems likely that the Republicans will capture control of at least the House of Representatives after the November midterm elections. This will present new challenges for both the immigrant rights and the LGBT movement and will undoubtedly spark fresh debates about the way forward.
UPDATE 9/23: This article appears on the Webzine section of Solidarity’s site: http://solidarity-us.org/current/node/3044
Honestly I’m really quite surprised that the comrades are taking this position in continued support of DREAM, although they probably don’t have a line as an organization and the article is likely to reflect the views of a single member or supporter. Suffice it to say that I don’t agree.