In Senate, Durbin presses for DREAM Act support

December 9, 2010

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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the DREAM Act later Thursday. The bill would grant a path to citizenship to young illegal immigrants who go to college or join the military. The Senate's vote comes after the U.S. House of Representatives approved the DREAM Act Wednesday, 216-198.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, is lobbying to pass the bill, especially against opponents who say the U.S.-Mexico border security needs to be strengthened first.

"For goodness' sake, is it fair to these young people to say to them, 'You cannot have a life until our borders are the safest in the world,' when we have the longest border in the world between the United States and Mexico? Keep working on making those borders safe, but give these young people a chance," Durbin said.

Sixty senators must approve the legislation. But the DREAM Act is expected to have a tougher time getting passed in that chamber.

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