Calling the DREAM Act “a $20 Billion Giveaway to Illegal Aliens” Congressman Steve King (R-IA) issued a letter Wednesday afternoon demanding that the Congressional Budget Office release its analysis of the legislation’s cost.
He noted that Congress could vote on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act as early as Thursday.
The DREAM Act would provide a path to legalization for children who have lived in the United States for at least five years, came before the age of 16, and attend college or enlist in the military for at least two years. It would also allow students who lack legal status to attend college at in-state tuition rates, which tend to be about the rate of out-of-state costs.
King cited "reports" that Senate Democrats “are covering-up an analysis showing that granting illegal aliens amnesty under the DREAM Act will cost upwards of $20 billion.”
A spokesman for Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), a vocal proponent of the DREAM Act, said, "We are confident that CBO will provide a score on any bill that actually comes to the floor for a vote and Rep. King and every other member will know what it is."