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.
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.