Don’t Ask, Do Tell, Don’t Dream: Twelve Senators Who Oppose Immigrants More Than They Oppose Homosexuals

Congratulations, gays! As of yesterday, America officially hates you less than it hates immigrants.

So it was a great day for civil rights , because the armed forces will allow homosexuals to serve without having to conceal their orientation. And it was a lousy day for civil rights , because young people who grew up in the United States after arriving as illegal immigrants will still be treated as irredeemable lawbreakers, even though the illegality isn’t their fault. Sure, you’ve been raised as Americans, kids. But if we actually let you become Americans, you might inspire other little foreign children to nag their parents to smuggle them into this country, too.

We have to draw the line on tolerance somewhere, right? For the record, here are the 12 senators who specifically drew the line to exclude young illegal immigrants but not homosexuals— voting to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and then voting against the Dream Act:

Max Baucus (D-MT)
Scott Brown (R-MA)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
John Ensign (R-NV)
Kay Hagan (D-NC)
Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Ben Nelson (D-NE)
Mark Pryor (D-AR)
Olympia Snow (R-ME)
John Tester (D-MT)

And here are the two senators who ignored the new culture-war marching orders and voted with what’s left of the anti-gay bloc, but then jumped over to vote pro-immigrant:

Robert Bennett (R-UT)
Richard Lugar (R-IN)