Dream Act

September 15, 2010 by USA Post 

Dream Act, Senate, Harry Reid, Majority Leader announced today it would offer the DREAM Act as a controversial amendment to a bill of major defense expected a Senate vote next week.

“This amendment will ensure that millions of children who grow up as Americans will be able to get the training they need to contribute to our economy,” Reid said in a statement.

The DREAM Act, which has bipartisan support, would allow young illegal immigrants who came to the United States before the age of 16 years and have been here for at least five years to gain legal status if they pass background checks, college or serve in the military for at least two years.

A version of the measure was introduced in 2001 and was written to remedy the situation of children and young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents and have known that the United States as home. Many have no family ties or their country of birth.

“By the long delay DREAM Act to a vote, Senator Reid has indicated he agrees with 70 percent of Americans who want to provide undocumented young men and women a chance to fully implement their potential to make our country a better place to live, “said Tyler Moran with the National Immigration Law.

Reid said today he is not sure whether the measure had the 60 votes needed to pass.

Republican Senator Richard Lugar has been a sponsor of the Act dreams, but many Republicans the bill as “amnesty” and is wary of touching in a hotly contested election year. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Senate today called on Reid to spend “unnecessary controversy”.

“Some of these immigrants] [cases are compelling, no doubt about it,” said Roy Beck Numbers USA, an advocacy group that favors stricter immigration controls. “But you have to take lines much narrower than the DREAM Act attracts. This is to give millions of illegal aliens to permanent work, and I do not think in this economy it is a moment very happy to do that. ”

The passage of the DREAM Act independent of a measure of comprehensive immigration reform would be a departure from a strategy favored by many advocates of immigration reform, congressional Democrats and the Obama Administration.

But the White House said again yesterday that he would support legislation DREAM.

“The president supports the DREAM Act and I support the DREAM Act. The president supports immigration reform and I support immigration reform. And how the Congress is up to Congress and leaders of decide, “Said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

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