Appearing on Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham’s radio show yesterday, Sen. John Thune (R-SD) said he would never vote for the DREAM Act. Asked if he would ever consider voting for the measure, which would help children of undocumented immigrants gain a path to citizenship in exchange for completing college or serving in the military, the potential presidential contender flatly replied, “no”:
INGRAHAM: Would you ever vote for a DREAM Act?
THUNE: Would I? No. I mean, I think they’re trying to push that through. … I mean, this is the Democrat agenda, which as I said earlier, has been rejected by the American people.
Thune is wrong to suggest that DREAM has been “rejected by the American people.” A CNN poll from last week found that 54 percent of Americans support the bill, which used to enjoy strong Republican support from people like Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who have since flip flopped to oppose the measure. In the past year, DREAM has been vilified by conservatives as “backdoor amnesty,” with Fox News host Glenn Beck and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) even declaring that it will hurt white people.