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Breaking News: Dream Act Vote Tabled Pending Vote On House Version

Author: Tim Paynter
Published: December 09, 2010 at 9:53 am

After the House of Representatives passed the Dream Act yesterday, Senator Harry Reid requested the legislation be tabled.  This will allow a vote perhaps as soon as next week on the House bill.  The Dream Act remains alive for the moment.  Republicans, angry about opposition to continued tax cuts, refuse all cooperation.

Before Reid's motion, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made multiple misrepresentations as to the effect of the bill. For example, Graham said anyone with two felonies could apply under the Act. He was corrected by a colleague who indicated the bill requires only two misdemeanors to be disqualified. Graham also said the mere attendance at a correspondence school would satisfy the college or military requirement. The bill specifically requires a college degree in order to qualify under the bill.

The chance of the Dream Act passing during the next session is highly unlikely. Democrats are anxious to get the legislation passed while they still have power left.  However, the Senate has been mostly an unfriendly place to students of undocumented immigrants who want their taste of the American dream. 

The fate of thousands of young people who were brought to the US by their parents lingers. These students are not culpable of crossing the border illegally. Most don't remember being carried across, they were so young. Yet, as college-age youths, they find their paths closed for lack of the documents which would give them the right to go to college, serve in the military and work in jobs requiring certification or licensure.

Meanwhile, the Republicans press for a coveted tax break which will give those who make from $250,000 to $1,000,000 the opportunity to line their pockets with unfunded tax dollars. Clearly, the Republican Party is protecting the super rich while turning its back on the poor.


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Article Author: Tim Paynter

Tim Paynter is an attorney and human rights activist based in Denver, Colorado. He is a tireless fighter for abused women, children at risk, those ravaged by poverty, and those fighting for dignity in the United States.

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