DREAM Act Goes Down in Flames in Senate

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December 19, 2010

Fox News

An immigration bill that would blaze a trail to legal status for hundreds of thousands of undocumented students went down in flames in the Senate on Saturday, delivering a critical blow to Democrats and Hispanic activists.

Even though the House approved the DREAM Act last week, the Senate fell five votes short of the 60 needed Saturday to advance the bill past Republican opposition.

President Obama said in a statement it was “incredibly disappointing” that Senate Republicans blocked the bill.

The DREAM Act, which opponents have decried as a “nightmare,” is now likely to languish for years with Republicans taking back control of the House an

An immigration bill that would blaze a trail to legal status for hundreds of thousands of undocumented students went down in flames in the Senate on Saturday, delivering a critical blow to Democrats and Hispanic activists.

Even though the House approved the DREAM Act last week, the Senate fell five votes short of the 60 needed Saturday to advance the bill past Republican opposition.

President Obama said in a statement it was “incredibly disappointing” that Senate Republicans blocked the bill.

The DREAM Act, which opponents have decried as a “nightmare,” is now likely to languish for years with Republicans taking back control of the House and picking up an additional handful of seats in the Senate next month.

Both sides, which have fought tooth and nail over the bill,  immediately reacted to Saturday’s vote.

d picking up an additional handful of seats in the Senate next month.

Both sides, which have fought tooth and nail over the bill,  immediately reacted to Saturday’s vote.

“Now, the next Congress can start to put unemployed Americans back to work by eliminating the ability for illegal aliens to hold jobs and by reducing the number of unnecessary permanent foreign workers we currently bring in legally every month,” said Roy Beck, president and founder of NumbersUSA.

Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, said, “It is deeply disappointing that the Senate today refused to even allow a vote on the bill.”

House Democrats vowed the fight was not over.

“Though disappointed by the result of today’s DREAM Act vote in the Senate, we are not deterred in our determination to continue advocating for this critical legislation,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.

“Today we mourn, but tomorrow we shift back into gear to fight for justice and inclusion in America,” said Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.

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1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • The Old Chip says:

    Did you ever wonder why the open borders crowd is never the people that open their wallet to pay the BILLIONS that these ILLEGALS cost? How about the crimes the ILLEGALS commit? I would propose that the next time a citizen is MURDERED by an ILLEGAL ALIEN, that the open borders crowd is rounded up and given an IMMEDIATE – THIRTY DAYS – in jail; rip obummer away from his tele prompter or his golf clubs, and straight to jail. He, pelosi, reid, incompitano, boxer, feinstein, sanchez and all the other open border slugs can actually face the consequences of their policies and after several 30 day stints, cause a lot less havoc in government.

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