Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Washington Post on the DREAM Act

Immigrants measure could come before Senate 

The Associated Press
Tuesday, September 14, 2010; 10:02 PM
WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he wants to attach an amendment to an upcoming defense policy bill that would help young people in the country illegally become legal U.S. residents.

The Nevada Democrat said at a Capitol news conference that the legislation known as the DREAM Act is long overdue. But he wouldn't say whether he has the votes for the amendment. The act allows young people who attend college or join the military to become legal U.S. residents.

The young people must have come to the country when they were under 16 years of age and have been in the country five years. Those who join the military must serve at least two years and complete two years of college.

Democrats have also promised gay rights groups an end to the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. That is in the bill that Reid said he'll try to take up next week.

Republicans oppose both measures.

Asked whether he had the votes for the DREAM Act, Reid responded: "I sure hope so." ...link to complete Washington Post article

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