One Possible Accomplishment For The Lame Duck Congress: The DREAM Act
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who was reelected with strong support from Latinos, would like to pass the DREAM Act before this session of Congress is through. The legislation would allow illegal immigrants who came here as children to become citizens if they go to college or serve in the military.
Advocates of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act – better known as the DREAM Act – say Reid has a better chance of passing the bill in the “lame duck” session than he would when the new, divided Congress is sworn in this January.
If Reid can nudge the DREAM Act through the Senate while Democrats are still in charge of the House, the bill has a real chance to become law, advocates say. He tried to pass the DREAM Act in September, but Republicans blocked a vote. The bill’s supporters say he may be able to pick up votes from senators who lost their re-elections or are retiring and no longer need to oppose the bill for political reasons.
While Republicans characterize it as an “amnesty bill,” it has the support of President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who believes it would help military recruitment.Click here for reuse options!
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