I think it’s a given that any politician interviewed on Spanish-language television will have to voice a view on the DREAM Act, legislation proposed in Congress that would provide a path to legalization for some undocumented students.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) vowed to bring back the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, for a vote during a lame-duck session when interviewed over the weekend on Univision. Back in September, the U.S. Senate fell short several votes needed to proceed with a defense authorization bill and attach the DREAM Act to it.
If approved, the act would provide a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants who meet certain criteria and complete two years of college or military service. Opponents contend it is a form of amnesty for people who have broken U.S. laws.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.