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DREAM Act gets pulled from legislative consideration

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Democratic lawmakers have determined that they do not have the necessary votes to pass what is known as the DREAM Act, according to a CNN report. The act would have provided some rights to citizenship for illegal immigrants who were taken to this country as children. Since the votes are not there, Democratic lawmakers have pulled the bill from consideration.

The move jeopardizes the bill for any consideration and that it will ever be passed. It has been a controversial bill from the start, especially among more conservative members. The bill would have affected immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children, under the age of 16, and have lived in the country for at least five years. They also would have had to have graduated from high school and demonstrated “good moral character.”

Bill provides hope to some immigrants

The issue is that many illegal immigrants who come here as children are not allowed to go to college. This is despite those students who have done well in school and have the potential to go on and do well in college or in a later career.

The bill is known as the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act. Opponents of the bill say it provides legal rights to illegal immigrants. Those in favor say it provides hope and a future for young people who have devoted themselves to their new country and could further benefit America.

The bill is also stuck in the lame duck congress blockade by the Republican party. The conservative party has said that they will not consider any legislation brought before them unless there is an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy.

For further discussion about the DREAM Act, you can view another article on the topic by clicking HERE.

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