Still clinging to the DREAM

Students march in support of the DREAM Act. Photo by the Associated Press.

For many undocumented students in the United States, the DREAM Act would offer exactly that: a dream. However, though the measure passed by a significant margin in the House of Representatives in the last month in which the Democrats will hold the power, it stalled yesterday in the Senate.

Both arms of Congress currently have different versions of the bill though the main objective is still the same: Grant citizenship to illegal immigrants brought to the country as children if they complete two years of college or two years in the military.

The Senate’s debate postponement may ultimately expedite the process of turning the bill into a law before the end of the year, which, according to a release by the Senate Democratic Communications Center, is exactly what Democratic senators are pushing for.

If the Senate were to pass its own version of the bill, separate from what the House passed, the new version would be volleyed back to the House for another vote before it could be sent to the president.

The Senate debate for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act will take place next Thursday, but political analysts say the outlook appears grim. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., filed a motion to bring the bill to the floor which will require 60 votes to stop a filibuster.

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