Photo: Dream Act Denied
Starting at around 10:30 today the Senate took up a cloture vote on the DREAM Act. Cloture needs a supermajority of 60 senators to get passed, which stops debate on the bill and moves it into being considered for final passage.
The DREAM Act would provide legal status for illegal immigrants who serve in the military or earn college degrees. Although a simple majority (51) is required to pass the bill, it must first pass the cloture vote to terminate debate, which requires 58 votes with the 96 Senators voting this morning..
Today the Senate did not have the votes to move the bill to cloture- ultimately not allowing it to come up for vote.
Opponents, led by Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, argue the bill amounts to amnesty.
“You’re not doing this to advance the issue. You’re doing it to advance your situation politically,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican from South Carolina, who favors a comprehensive bill that overhauls the nation’s immigration laws. Graham warned that the DREAM Act or any other immigration bill that grants a path to U.S. citizenship will not pass “until we see our borders secured.”
On Friday, Assistant Homeland Security Secretary John Morton said immigration officials will not immediately go after young people who are in the country illegally. He said the focus will be on immigrants who have committed crimes or are a threat to the public.
If the DREAM Act does not pass, Morton said, “We would handle the situation as we do now.”
The Dream Act will languish for another Congress to pass.