Mission Accomplished for Hateful Libs
The Dems were not expecting to get the Dream Act passed during this Lame Duck session. They were simply trying to game their liberal base, tricking them into forgetting that the president, who had promised to pursue "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" during the campaign, never made that part of his agenda when he had the power to get it passed.
Democratic backers of the legislation fell short of the 60 votes to move the DREAM Act legislation forward. Democratic Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Jon Tester of Montana, Max Baucus of Montana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, and Ben Nelson of Nebraska voted against bringing the bill to the floor; Republican Sens. Richard Lugar, Lisa Murkowski, and Robert Bennett voted for it.
The vote was 55-41.
Even though securing the support of people from other countries is a cornerstone of the Democrats' longterm electoral strategy, the White House decided wealth redistribution (ie, health reform) was the most elusive element of their strategy for locking those voters in, so they pursued it ahead of immigration reform.
The DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act would have allowed illegal immigrants with a high school diploma or a GED to apply for conditional U.S. status if they are under the age of 30 and arrived the U.S. before the age of 16. After a long process -- including two years of service in the military or enrollment in college -- they would then have been eligible to apply for legal immigrant status.
Yup - the Dream Act would have applied to "Alien Minors" up to the age of 30. Earlier versions of the legislation were capped at 35 years old. Jeez, I wonder why they were looking to legalize minor students up to half the age of their life expectancy.