BREAKING: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Imminent; DREAM Act dies in the Senate

After the last two years of promises and let-downs, high hopes and massive hold-ups, finally ending the discriminatory military policy Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has been decided by the Senate with a vote of 63 to 33  to close the debate and allow the repeal to move forward. This means just 51 Senators can now vote on the repeal, which is expected to happen by the end of the weekend — and then signed by President Obama., Defense Secretary Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen.

But the military ban will not literally end immediately thereafter; Pam’s House Blend has the statement from the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network on what needs to happen before the ban is completely over and done with. But it is finally happening.

In disappointing (but somewhat anticipated) news, the DREAM Act died in the Senate this morning due to Republican blockage of a cloture vote. What’s even worse is with the anticipation of the slew of new Republicans lined up for the 112th Congress, the legislation isn’t looking too good for 2011 either. It is a truly heavy-hearted day for the millions of undocumented youth in this country and the incredible movement that worked toward getting this bill passed.

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  • Michael Crichton

    Don’s rejoice just yet, Obama could still find some way to capitulate. A Veto in the name of bipartisanship isn’t out of the question. :-P

  • natasha

    Really? It’s finally. finally going to happen? I’m just honestly stunned, I’m so happy that it is going to be over.

  • Jessica “Jess” Victoria Carillo

    1st Reaction: Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!! Finally we are like about 15 years forward!
    2nd Reaction (DREAM Act): Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! You won this round Xenophobes, but yours is a very shallow and cheap-as-plastic tiaras victory, you will soon eat the dust of undocumented youth when they come back all grown up and ready to vote your asses off government.