Equity & Diversity

Sen. Harry Reid Promises To Bring Back DREAM Act

By Mary Ann Zehr — November 02, 2010 1 min read

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.

Reid said, according to The Hill, that the vote would happen even if he loses his campaign to keep his job today (hat tip to ImmigrationProf.)

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