DREAM Act passes the House.

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In a historic move, the DREAM act passed the House last night mostly along party lines with a 216-198 vote. The DREAM act is a very important piece of legislation will give youth brought to the US before 16 without documents (a very long) path to citizenship.

via LA Times.

President Obama said the passage was historic. “This vote is not only the right thing to do for a group of talented young people who seek to serve a country they know as their own by continuing their education or serving in the military, but it is the right thing for the United States of America,” he said in a statement.

Obama called on the Senate to follow suit.

The bill could come up there as soon as Thursday but is unlikely to attract the necessary 60 votes to overcome a filibuster. Republican senators have vowed to block all legislation until a stalemate over the George W. Bush-era tax cuts is resolved. Obama and the GOP have reached a deal, but Democrats haven’t signed on.

The bill has an uphill battle, but tune in today at 11am for the Senate vote.

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  • http://cabaretic.blogspot.com nazza

    This is a beginning, but there are certain aspects of it that really trouble me. Most of all is that military service is a condition for citizenship. The historical precedent of this is long and sordid, with new immigrants having no rights except for that of being legally allowed to fight and die on the field of battle.

    • http://feministing.com/members/despina/ Despina

      I accidentally hit “report” instead of “reply” on your comment — sorry Nazza!

      The bill actually wouldn’t make military service a condition for citizenship. Military service would be one of several ways to get conditional residency (the other options being 2 years of college). Of course I don’t think that undocumented folks should be required to serve in the military in order to earn a path to citizenship, but if the military is something that somebody wants to do, then the least we can do is give them a shot at citizenship in return, right?