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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentImmigration · 10 years ago

All my Latinos has all our hard work paid off it is going to happen Dems court Latinos with DREAM Act?

WASHINGTON — Chances for comprehensive immigration reform have dimmed with the upcoming mid-term elections, prompting Democrats to push a measure that would grant citizenship to illegal immigrant students as a way to energize Latino voters.

President Barack Obama said he is backing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's decision to attach the so-called DREAM Act to an overall defense authorization bill this week.

Latino groups are disappointed with Obama and Democrats for failing to act on a campaign pledge in 2008 to pass sweeping immigration reform in the first two years of a new administration.

And Obama recognized that frustration at an appearance before Hispanic leaders this month. But he urged Latinos not to "forget who is standing with you, and who is standing against you."

To that end, Reid, who faces a stiff re-election challenge in Nevada, said he will seek a vote on the DREAM Act as early as this week.

Senate Republicans, like Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, accuse the Democrats of playing politics with the defense bill to pander to a special interest group ahead of the Nov. 2 election.

Cornyn said the DREAM Act should not be taken up as a defense matter, and instead be part of an overall immigration reform bill that Congress should consider later.

"The DREAM Act should be part of comprehensive immigration reform," Cornyn said. "Adding it to the defense authorization, which already contains an unwanted repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell,' is cynical and transparently political."

800,000 youths

The DREAM Act, if passed into law, would grant citizenship to roughly 800,000 illegal immigrant youths who were brought to this country between ages 5 and 16 and complete college or military service.

Although it was first filed as a bipartisan bill and still enjoys bipartisan support, its sudden inclusion as an amendment to the defense bill in a politically charged atmosphere before the election has left its passage in doubt.

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he is opposed to adding it to the defense bill. Other moderate Democrats could waver as well.

Reid said he does not know whether he has the 60 votes to cut off debate and get a Senate vote to attach the bill as an amendment to the defense legislation.

But with the prospects for a sweeping immigration reform bill unlikely, Hispanic and immigrant-rights groups are rallying to drum up congressional support for the DREAM Act legislation.

The military supports the DREAM Act, and supporters say the GOP has backed the bill in the past because it's not a radical piece of legislation.

Latino groups like the National Council of La Raza, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the League of United Latin American Citizens have all called for congressional action.

"The Latino community is watching this issue and watching the vote on the DREAM Act," said Angela Kelley with the left-leaning Center for American Progress.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7...

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago
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    It will get stipped out, not a chance in hell of passing.

    Americans want illegals deported not rewarded

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  • 4 years ago

    You naturally assume that all Latinos are illegal aliens, there were Latinos in the US before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. You need to educate yourself about Latinos before making broad assumptions. As for your fantasy about disrupting the nation, dream on, you're not the first one to come up with this idea. In the 1960's the Black Panthers and the weathermen along with the KKK and other radical groups have attempted the same song and dance and yet the nation kept on chugging along without missing a beat. Again, if you had done your homework you would know this already.

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  • 10 years ago

    You need 60 senators to approve this bill. You will be lucky to get 10 votes. This is an election year, and no one wants to rock the boat. It will then be called the Dream On Act. Illegals go home!!!!!

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Pandering 101: Harry Reid is throwing a bone to the Latino voters to save his job. The DREAM Act will go down in flames and Mr. Reid will blame Republicans for its failure.

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  • 10 years ago

    IGNORANT ppl yes many Hispanics drop out just like whites and blacks.... NOT just HISPANICS!!!

    I hope the dream act passes I really do... This would help many undocumented students...

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    the dream act is ridiculous since the majority of mexicans don't even graduate from high school

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  • 10 years ago

    I will be surprised if it gets the votes needed to pass.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    I bet you 50 bucks it doesnt' pass

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    go latinos!

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