DREAM Act Passes Hurdle in House
POSTED: Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 12:24pm
UPDATED: Friday, December 10, 2010 - 10:07am
Update: Vote Pushed Back
Update: A decision late this afternoon by Democrats in the Senate means the vote on the Dream Act has been pushed back.
We'll keep you posted on what happens.
It gives hope to hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants.
After passing the House, the fate of the DREAM Act now rests with the Senate.
The "Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act" has to do with young undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country by their parents.
It would give them a pathway to citizenship by attending college or joining the military and meeting certain moral guidelines.
Advocates argue that these young adults had no say in their parents decision to bring them here illegally.
For most the DREAM Act is the only way they can get a job legally and become productive members of society.
Louie Gilot from Las Americas says although passing the Senate will be tough, she is hopeful. Opponents of the DREAM Act say it gives an incentive to illegal immigration and is another version of amnesty.