Decision Will Be Clear Indicator for Future of Immigration Reform
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Federation for American Immigration Reform is providing around-the-clock forecasting and analysis of today's expected Senate (S. 3992) and House (HR 6497) votes on the DREAM Act. The Senate version is expected late this afternoon with a subsequent vote in the House shortly thereafter.
The DREAM Act faces an uphill battle in the Senate. Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid must locate enough Republicans to compensate for the loss of key members of his 58-member caucus. The major obstacle may be that all 42 republicans will honor their pledge to party leadership to filibuster any bill that is not tax or budget related. The wildcard is whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will bring up the DREAM Act for a vote if it is first defeated in the Senate.
FAIR has been tracking various versions of the DREAM Act since it was first introduced in 2001 and educating lawmakers and the public on the actual provisions. The latest version is one of the most extreme yet, offering amnesty and taxpayer benefits to millions of illegal aliens far beyond those considered "school age." Worse yet, the short lame duck session of Congress, where much needed budget work remains, is an inappropriate time and place to pass legislation of this scope and consequence.