Senate Democrats are looking to take on two controversial issues with one piece of legislation next week.
The defense authorization bill scheduled for next week includes the “Don’t ask Don’t tell” repeal amendment and may also include a provision to give undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced today that he is planning to add the DREAM Act as an amendment to the defense bill.
The tactic is exactly the same that Sen., Dick Durbin (D-Ill) tried in 2001, but the amendment was rejected.
The DREAM Act is a popular bipartisan piece of legislation that provides for young immigrants who plan to go to college or the military to have a path to citizenship. It is the military component that allows it to be attached to a defense bill.
“This is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats alike to lead the nation forward and fix our broken immigration system,” said Ali Noorani, chair of the Reform Immigration for America coalition.