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After a year of unfulfilled hopes and promises of immigration reform, it might finally be time for dreams to come true.

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After a year of unfulfilled hopes and promises of immigration reform, it might finally be time for dreams to come true.

Delivering on the promise he made during his hard-fought re-election campaign, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid announced on Wednesdaythat he will bring the DREAM Act up for vote (as a stand-alone measure) during the final days of the 111th Congress. While this is not the first time that Sen. Reid has made such an commitment, this time the announcement comes with the added backing of President Obama. Obama has always been a supporter of the DREAM Act, but has never publicly or actively worked on pushing for it to be passed. This is why it came as a surprise when he told Democrats on Tuesday that he wanted the DREAM Act passed during the lame duck session of Congress, as a "down payment" on more comprehensive immigration reform.

This announcement came on the heels of a meeting between President Obama and leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, including Sen. Harry Reid, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez and Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, that took place on the morning of Tuesday, November 16th. Gutierrez, who had been in favor of a more comprehensive immigration reform bill up until this point, said that the meeting was both positive and productive-

Passage of the DREAM Act is achievable right now. With the White House, Majority Leader Harry Reid, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and every Democratic Leader in the House and Senate pulling in the same direction, we can pass the DREAM Act before the end of the 111th Congress.

The White House released a statement with the outcomes of the meeting-

The President and the CHC leaders believe that, before adjourning, Congress should approve the DREAM Act. This legislation has traditionally enjoyed support from Democratic and Republican lawmakers and would give young people who were brought as minors to the United States by their parents the opportunity to earn their citizenship by pursuing a college degree or through military service.

In a noticeable departure from the Obama administration’s previous non-committal stance on immigration reform, the President put forth a commitment to work "hand in glove" to make sure the bill is passed, including a promise to pick up the phone and urge Senators to vote on the bill. At the end of the day on Tuesday, Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez announced that Speaker Nancy Pelosi had tentatively set November 29th as the date that the DREAM Act would be voted on.

If passed, the DREAM Act would provide a path to citizenship for approximately 2 million undocumented youth who were brought to the U.S. when they were very young, provided that they go through college or participate in military service. However, in order to prevent another filibuster, at least two Republican Senators would have to support the DREAM Act, something that might prove to be a uphill task given the number of Republicans who have turned their back on it over the past year.

This is the closest that the bill has come to being introduced. It is important that Congress hears from all of us who support the DREAM Act as intrinsic to the future of the country. Send a fax telling your Members of Congress to support the DREAM Act!

Stay tuned for more details!

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Originally posted to Lets Breakthrough on Thu Nov 18, 2010 at 03:28 PM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    Take action to fix a broken immigration system. www.restorefairness.org

    by Lets Breakthrough on Thu Nov 18, 2010 at 03:28:55 PM PST

  •  Amen! (2+ / 0-)
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    itskevin, Ebby

    Too bad they can't take up all of comprehensive immigration reform.  But the DREAM Act should be doable.

    It is a calling...to do things about injustice.... It helps to have a goal. I've always tried to have one.--Ted Kennedy, True Compass

    by Timaeus on Thu Nov 18, 2010 at 03:34:07 PM PST

  •  Senate votes? (3+ / 0-)
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    itskevin, Loli, mirandasright

    Orrin Hatch once sponsored the DREAM Act.  He wanted to make sure that visas for Mormon missionaries in Mexico did not "get lost in processing."

    I think that there are enough corporate Republicans in the senate whose campaign contributors need cheap, non-union labor to pass this bill.

  •  They only need to have a GED. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    radarlady, IowaPopulist, toeknee1980

    If passed, the DREAM Act would provide a path to citizenship for approximately 2 million undocumented youth who were brought to the U.S. when they were very young, provided that they go through college or participate in military service.

    They need neither.  They only need a GED or high school diploma.

    Here's the language from the bill:

                     (A) the alien has been physically present in the United States for a continuous period of not less than 5 years immediately preceding the date of enactment of this Act, and had not yet reached the age of 16 years at the time of initial entry;

                     (B) the alien has been a person of good moral character since the time of application;

                     (C) the alien--

                           (i) is not inadmissible under paragraph (2), (3), (6)(E), or (10)(C) of section 212(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1182(a)); and

                           (ii) is not deportable under paragraph (1)(E), (2), or (4) of section 237(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1227(a));

                    (D) the alien, at the time of application, has been admitted to an institution of higher education in the United States, or has earned a high school diploma or obtained a general education development certificate in the United States;

                     (E) the alien has never been under a final administrative or judicial order of exclusion, deportation, or removal, unless the alien--

                           (i) has remained in the United States under color of law after such order was issued; or

                           (ii) received the order before attaining the age of 16 years; and

                     (F) the alien had not yet reached the age of 35 years on the date of the enactment of this Act.

    •  Ah, never mind. (2+ / 0-)
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      Ebby, IowaPopulist

      I see I didn't read far enough.  That passage permits the feds from allowing someone in, but requires they allow the unlawful alien to stay if they:

                       (D) The alien has completed at least 1 of the following:

                             (i) The alien has acquired a degree from an institution of higher education in the United States or has completed at least 2 years, in good standing, in a program for a bachelor's degree or higher degree in the United States.

                             (ii) The alien has served in the uniformed services for at least 2 years and, if discharged, has received an honorable discharge.

      We regret the error.

  •  The DREAM Act is always protrayed by (0+ / 0-)

    its supporters as a small amnesty. Americans will be surprised to discover that they have amnestied as many as 2.1 million illegal aliens.

    A even larger problem is that this bill (the latest version is not yet available) has virtually no verification requirements. It will be used as an amnesty by fraud by millions of illegal immigrants who are not eligible. The scandal that results from the unexpected numbers, the glaring loopholes, and particularly the fraud, will decimate the Democratic party in 2012. This shoddy, carelessly crafted piece of legislation should be called the Democratic Party Political Suicide Act.

    •  You are afraid of Aliens? (0+ / 0-)

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      No need to worry. The dream act only covers human beings.

    •  I keep hearing about how bad immigration is... (0+ / 0-)

      for Democrats.

      I heard a whole lot about it in 2006.  Republicans were gloating about how they were going to bash the Democrats with the immigration issue, and anti-immigrant concern trolls were warning the Democrats that they'd better cower and bash immigrants themselves.  It was really going to be an electoral bloodbath.

      Not so much, as it turns out.  Immigrant-bashing is a terrible issue for the Republicans.  Most Americans support a pathway to citizenship for immigrants who work hard and play by the rules.

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Thu Nov 18, 2010 at 07:53:48 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  How Is It That I, As An Illegal Alien (1+ / 0-)
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        IowaPopulist

        Most Americans support a pathway to citizenship for immigrants who work hard and play by the rules

        Have 'played by the rules' given that I broke the law to enter the country to begin with, I am breaking the law by remaining in the country, I have most probably committed perjury, Social Security fraud, tax evasion, DMV fraud, in many cases conspiracy, etc., etc.

        That illegal aliens have 'played by the rules' is a sack of crap.

        <div style="font-size:10px;text-align:center;background-color:#ffd;color:#f33">If the terriers and bariffs are torn down, this economy will grow - G. Bush

        by superscalar on Fri Nov 19, 2010 at 07:25:54 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  It will never happen. If the R's let this (0+ / 0-)

    through their constituency will go nuts.

    "When fascism comes to America, it'll be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis

    by lakehillsliberal on Thu Nov 18, 2010 at 05:43:07 PM PST

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