Dream Act 2010 Status of Votes: Republican Filibuster Won – The results for the vote of the “Dream Act” or the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act were out already. Unfortunately, there was no hope for the hundreds of thousands of illegal or undocumented immigrants in the US for them to have permanent residency status in the US.
The Republican filibuster won in the vote. Democrats, who are proponents of the Dream Act, failed to secure any single Republican vote to reach the majority ‘60 votes’ needed. The Senate session ended with a vote of 56-43. Two Democrats namely, Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor from Arkansas voted ‘no’ in favor of the Republicans. Senator Reid also voted ‘no’ to the bill for it to be revived later. This was what initially happened to the unemployment extension bill before it was signed into law by President Obama.
The Dream Act supposedly would provide opportunity to earn conditional permanent residency for those people who have met the following criteria:
- is under 35 years of age
- has graduated high school or earned a GED
- has been in the U.S. for at least 5 years prior to the deate the law takes effect
- was 16 years of age or younger when they entered the U.S.
- is “a person of good moral charecter”
- has not been under a judicial order of deportation since before they were 16.
The temporary resident status for people meeting the above mentioned criteria would be good for a period of 6 years under the Dream Act. After such time, the person would be granted permanent US citizenship status if they can show that they accomplish at least one of these things:
– They acquired a degree from an institution of higher education in the United States or has completed at least 2 years, in good standing, in a program for a bachelor’s degree or higher degree in the United States.
– Or they have served in the uniformed services for at least 2 years and, if discharged, has received an honorable discharge
In addition to the main issue of the conditional permanency status, the Dream Act 2010 as an amendment to the defense bill would authorize $726 billion in defense spending, including a pay raise for troops. Moreover, it would also repeal the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy which restricts the United States military from efforts to discover or reveal closeted gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members or applicants, while barring those who are openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual from military service.
Senator Reid said Republicans were “putting partisan politics ahead of the best interests of the men and women who courageously defend our nation” by blocking the bill.