DREAM Act Passes House Vote

Brent Finnegan -- December 8th, 2010

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass the DREAM Act, 216-198. However, the bill does not appear to have the support needed to pass the Senate. NPR reports:

In the Senate, however, Democrats are unlikely to muster the 60 votes needed to advance the bill past opposition from the GOP and a handful in their own party who view it as amnesty. A Senate vote is expected Thursday.

We reported in September that the legislation that could grant a path to permanent residency for many children of unauthorized immigrants was “dead for now.” Last month U.S. Senate majority leader Harry Reid said he would move to re-introduce the bill during the “lame duck session.”

DREAM Act march Harrisonburg. Photo by Patrick Lincoln

DREAMers gather at Blessed Sacrament Church, June 2010. Photo by Patrick Lincoln.

Since then, DREAM Act supporters in Harrisonburg have been organizing rallies, a turkey drive, and a hunger fast to pressure members of the Senate to pass the measure.

“I think this is the time. If it doesn’t happen in the lame duck session, who knows when it will happen,” adds [undocumented immigrant Isabel] Castillo.

She says supporters plan to focus much of their efforts in the coming days on the lame duck senators who will no longer be in office after January.

“Definitely, we’re going to be targeting them and letting them know, ‘Before you leave, do the right thing and vote yes for the Dream Act,’” adds Castillo. (WHSV)

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