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New York’s New Senator Pledges Support for ‘DREAM Act’

By Mary Ann Zehr — February 03, 2009 1 min read

Kirsten E. Gillibrand, New York’s new senator, has told elected Latino officials that she supports a congressional bill that would provide a path to legalization for undocumented students who grew up in the United States and are attending college, according to the New York Times. That bill, called the DREAM Act, which is short for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, last stalled in the U.S. Congress in November 2007.

Despite Gillibrand’s pledge of support for the DREAM Act, the Times’ Feb. 1 article also says that some Latino officials didn’t sound convinced that she was sincere because of her voting record on immigration issues.

I’ve been wondering if the DREAM Act might be revived now that Barack Obama is president. During his run for president, he spoke out in favor of the DREAM Act.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.