House Reps Push Senate to Pass DREAM Act

The DREAM Act, which would help immigrants find a path to citizenship via college or the military, passed in the House last night. And though the bill's chances are looking slim in the Senate, reps that helped it succeed thus far are beseeching their peers to do the same. On the Huffington Post, California's Mike Honda, Chairmen of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, collected statements of inspiring pro-DREAMers from across the nation, including Texas, Virginia, California and Hawaii:

Congresswoman Mazie Hirono (HI-02), CAPAC Executive Board Member: "Our nation was founded on the powerful ideals of freedom and tolerance. These are values that still elude other nations to this day, which is why the American Dream endures in the minds of so many around the world. As an immigrant to this country myself, I know the power of that dream. My vote today is in support of the high-achieving and patriotic children who already call this country home."

Congresswoman Mazie Hirono (HI-02), CAPAC Executive Board Member: "Our nation was founded on the powerful ideals of freedom and tolerance. These are values that still elude other nations to this day, which is why the American Dream endures in the minds of so many around the world. As an immigrant to this country myself, I know the power of that dream. My vote today is in support of the high-achieving and patriotic children who already call this country home."

Meanwhile, Republicans argued against the bill with typically inflammatory rhetoric and racial stereotypes. Colorlines:

Georgia Congressman Phil Gingrey said the DREAM Act would encourage fraud, exploitation and “chain migration,” where young DREAM Act youth could sponsor family members for immigration “with no numerical cap.”

“In fact, they could each bring in something like 179 other individuals.”

Eight Republicans in the House voted for the DREAM Act. The Senate is expected to vote on it today.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at December 9, 2010, 4:57am

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