Senate denies DREAM Act: Local college students affected

POSTED: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 2:57pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am

The proposed DREAM Act was put on delay, as the act failed to make it past the Senate, on Saturday. While some people believe the DREAM Act would promote illegal immigration, others say it is some students' only hope.

The DREAM Act was introduced in 2009 to the federal level, in both the House and the Senate.

The bill would have granted conditional residency to undocumented students, and young adults, who were brought to the United States, before the age of 16, if they go to college or join the military. Now, with a vote of 55-41, this process has been put on hold.

One member of the Waco DREAM Alliance says she is concerned for her friends who will be affected by this decision. She says,"I saw their potential, and their ability to make a difference in the United States. And I saw that barred, and it breaks my heart because I know what their capable of. And I know the hard position their placed in, as a result of this."

President Barack Obama says "it is disappointing that common sense did not prevail today, but my administration will not give up on the DREAM Act, or on the important business of fixing our broken immigration system."

Members of the Waco DREAM Act Alliance say they are devastated with these results, but remain hopeful that their dreams for their friends and other immigrants, will eventually come true.


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