Breaking: DREAM Act Nightmare Shot Down in Senate

by the Left Coast Rebel

This story is just breaking and I don't have details on it just yet but I just got an email from Sarah Bond of the Southern CA Tax Revolt Coalition that the Democrat backdoor amnesty bill "DREAM Act" just failed to get the necessary votes to move forward. I'll post more details as they become available.

Updated: Gnashing of teeth at Think Progress:

Today, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. Fourty-one mostly Republican senators voted against a bill which would have provided young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. by their parents a path to legalization by pursuing a college education or serving in the military. 55 voted in the affirmative.

Updated x2: It wasn't even close. The Hill:

Senate Republicans and a handful of Democrats voted Saturday morning to block legislation that would grant legal residency to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. before the age of 16.

The DREAM Act, which would give legal status to illegal immigrants who came to the country at a young age, lived here for at least five years, graduated from high school and attended college or served in the military, fell five votes short of the 60 needed to overcome a GOP-led filibuster — 55 to 41. Senate defeat of the legislation, which the House passed earlier this month, slams the door on immigration reform for the next two years, pro-immigrant advocates say.

Updated x3: Ed Morrissey at Hot Air:

In an update, Foster notes that Joe Manchin of West Virginia also opposed cloture. Like Lugar, Manchin has to stand for re-election in 2012. It will be interesting to see Lugar attempt to defend this vote in a primary fight in a little over a year, a fight he’s probably guaranteed himself today. Even if one thought that the act had some merit, why would Lugar vote to pass it in a lame-duck session — especially since the budget has yet to be addressed, as well as the START treaty that he has hinted at supporting?

The other Democrats opposing the bill aren’t much of a surprise, except perhaps Kay Hagan in North Carolina. Looks like she’s hearing footsteps, too, even though she’s not up for her second election until 2014.

It’s yet another miscalculation by Reid in a rapidly-closing window of opportunity. If he didn’t have six of his own caucus in hand, why press the matter at all? Reid raised expectations and then dashed them, a bad strategy in politics. Thankfully, it’s also another denial of a significant imposition of policy by a Congress that voters rejected six weeks ago.


  1. So Lugar voted FOR it? I suppose he had no choice, as CO-AUTHOR!!! I guess my phone calls mattered little...I bet his staffers are glad this is over, for now. Little do they know they are gonna hear from me AGAIN! Baahhahahhhhh I am so embarrassed to have to call his guy my Senator... Here is his press release:

    Senator Dick Lugar issued the following statement after voting in favor of debating the DREAM Act. The motion failed 55-41. Sixty votes were required.

    Today, I voted in support of the Senate taking up debate on the DREAM Act. Unfortunately, the motion failed.

    The DREAM Act would provide a select group of high achieving students with a tough, but fair pathway to legal residency. In that way they can serve in our Armed Forces and contribute to the economic future of America. The U.S. Department of Defense supports this legislation as it will allow a greater number of high-quality individuals to volunteer for the United States Armed Forces. These are individuals with high school degrees and a desire to serve this country.

    I appreciate the support I’ve received from educators, churches, and young people around Indiana, and pledge to work to pass this legislation in the next Congress.

    I regret that the Senate could not have given the DREAM Act full consideration and debate.

    Sooooo. The FIGHT continues...

  2. I'm just glad we dodged that bullet. It could have done some irreversible damaged

  3. Thankfully, you guys don't live in CA. They're going to pass their own version of the dream act, including preferental admissions, when Moonbat Brown takes office. So not only get the in state tuition and financial aid, but get in over a legal resident as well. Add we just passed our own state Cap and Trade. We're going to show the rest of America what kind of bullet they've dodged by voting out the socialists and disrupting the criminal reward of the illegal foreign nationals when this state completely collaspes.

  4. It should have been named the legalize Islamic Radical aspiring Terrorist Act. CAIR was pushing heavy for DREAM.

    Illegal Mexicans are beside the point. It's the immigrants from the Middle East who are the problem.

  5. Good.

    In no way should a lame-duck Congress been trying to ram through legislation like this in their dying days. Besides this is a piece-meal approach to immigration reform. If DC wants to initiate reform they need to do it in 1 piece of legislation with the duly elected members debating it, not with the pro-amnesty crowd as they are on their way out the door.

  6. I am glad it failed.We Hoosiers need to replace RINO little Dickie Lugar

  7. They're going to pass their own version of the dream act, including preferental admissions, when Moonbat Brown takes office.

    When is the outside world going to cut off the line of credit of this collection of scofflaws and serial deniers of reality?

  8. The DREAM act will return in some form or another. And it will ultimately be passed.

    And Atlas will Shrug.


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