DREAM Act Vote in Senate Today!

DREAMER Orlando, FL December 2010 Photo by W. L. Doromal ©2010

December 18, 2010

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act  (DREAM Act) on December 8, 2010. The Senate will vote on it today.  All month immigrant, human rights and justice group have been working to get the needed 60 votes to pass the bill. Education and religious groups are also calling for the bill's passage, which would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented children of immigrants who were brought to the United States by their parents when young.

Thousands of calls have been made to fence-sitting Senators urging them to support the bill. (Florida Senator George LeMieux 's staff needs to clean up his voice mailbox. For two days they have not answered the calls and the message is that the mailbox is full.)

President Obama, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano are urging passage of the bill.  Secretary Duncan said, "DREAM Act students are in a bind. It goes against the basic American sense of fairness to punish children for the choices of their parents." Exactly!

UPDATE: Dream Act Failed

A 55-41 vote defeated the chances for the DREAM Act. Democrats voting no: Pryor (Ark) Tester (Mont.), Nelson (Neb.), Hagan (NC), Baucus (Mont.).  I deeply regret that I campaigned for Tester.

How's that bipartisan cooperation working out? Pretty good for the rich, not so well for the middle class, poor and those who support social justice.


Anonymous said...

The Dems killed the Dream Act. Shame on them.