As hope for the DREAM Act’s passage dwindles, House leaders are now considering adding it to an agriculture jobs bill in a last-ditch effort to gather additional votes.
Adding it to the AgJobs bill, which has had support from “moderate Republicans and Democrats from agriculture districts,” is an attempt to gain votes from the rural members of the House.
An insider says talks of pairing the two bills has been around for a few days now, and says, “That’s been the thinking – that AgJobs will bring votes to DREAM.”
The AgJobs bill would allow migrant farm workers to come to the United States through a guest worker program and later apply for permanent resident status, while the DREAM Act would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children as long as they meet specific criteria.
After the House vote, the Senate is expected to hold a test vote later in the day.