September 14th, 2010
05:55 PM ET
4 years ago

Reid adds controversial immigration measure to defense bill

Harry Reid said he will add the DREAM Act to a defese policy bill next week.
Harry Reid said he will add the DREAM Act to a defese policy bill next week.

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he will add the DREAM Act, a controversial immigration measure, to a defense policy bill the Senate will take up next week.

The decision means the defense bill, which often passes with bipartisan support, will be home to two major, thorny political issues – the other being the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Reid called the DREAM Act "really important" and said it should be passed because it provides a path to citizenship for young illegal immigrants who go to college or serve in the military. DREAM is an acronym for Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act.

"I know we can't do comprehensive immigration reform," Reid said at a news conference. "But those Republicans we had in the last Congress have left us."

Many Hispanic voters are angry with Democratic leaders for not doing more to pass an immigration overhaul. The decision by Reid to add the DREAM Act now could help soothe that anger.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell called Reid's decision "needlessly controversial."
The Senate will need 60 votes to take up the bill next week, and Reid said Tuesday he doesn't know if he has enough votes.


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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Desperation!

    Please, Nevada.....get rid of this loony old communist. He'll do anything to get reelected, including pandering to criminals. Don't embarrass yourselves.

    September 14, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  2. whosetosay

    Just do it. This WILL be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

    September 14, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. James

    I have a dream also.

    Good bye scumbag.

    September 14, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. Jarhead68

    What an absolute slime ball Harry Reid is. He's too chickensh*t to let the DREAM Act stand on its own so he has to mask it in a defense bill. What a joke. Then, when the Republicans fight against this anti-American DREAM Act, he can accuse them of not supporting the troops. What a sad, pathetic, cynical low-life. I can't wait until Angle waxes him in November. Wake up, Nevada. This guy is a moron.

    September 14, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. Charles

    Typical....what do you expect.

    September 14, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. Dan S

    The man (Sen Reid) is a blithering IDIOT!!!!!

    I pray the people of Nevada send him back home in November..

    REPUBLICANS (and Any Democrats left with a brain{if they exist]) Stike this crap with an amendment or KILL THIS BILL!!!

    September 14, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. Steve

    Well Harry.... Take your dream act and put it where the sun don't shine!!! You will be a non issue after November.

    September 14, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  8. rowley

    DEMOCRATS holding our troops hostage to the illegal aliens rights to our tax dollars while Gates is cutting back the military budget.

    September 14, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. Karen

    Democrats hate Americans.

    September 14, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  10. jerry

    It is another term for amnesty. Ronald Reagan gave amnesty during his presidency and it resulted in another 12+ million illegals coming into this country. What is it about "illegal" that even our Congress and President do not understand. These people have violated a federal law and are not being held accountable.

    September 14, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  11. Texan

    Embedding immigration legislation into a defense appropriations bill....reason #201 why we need to vote these idiots of our power.
    Shameful and disgraceful liberal democrats willing to subvert the will of the people using every legislative trick possible.

    September 14, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  12. James

    NO AMNESTY OF ANY TYPE!
    No more "tricks" to pass another mass amnesty that will only bring waves of more illegal aliens rushing our borders for feebies.

    September 14, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  13. Bruce Bezanson

    This is the reason these people need to be voted out.

    September 14, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  14. Steve

    cool. lets waste time and money on illegal citizens who dont pay taxes or contribute in any positive way. why not? we dont have any other problems to deal with...

    September 14, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  15. Mike

    This is simply criminal. Period.

    September 14, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  16. When will they listen

    That's it dems.. Double down. Make sure you alienate every single last centrist.

    September 14, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. Carole in Sacramento

    OMG! If you weren't a lame duck before, you sure are now! Illegal activities are criminal activities and should not be rewarded with a loophole! Get out of our country and come back through legal channels! American citizens can no longer afford to pay for you and your "anchor babies". We have our own to take care of and our taxes need to go to benefit the legal citizens of this nation.

    September 14, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  18. Toughlove

    And now you know why Republicans are called the Party of No. Because they won't let the libs push stuff through like this under the umbrella of a defense bill.

    September 14, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. Gary

    Unbelievable. Reid has put illegals in front of national defense. This means existign soldiers, sailors and marines won't get paid or have beans and bullets because Harry is trying to garner future voters.
    There is no way a defense spending bill should be allowed to have ammendments of ANY kind, just because of idiots like this.

    September 14, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  20. floatingabbey

    Anything for the illegal vote, right Harry! I can't wait to see you vanish from the Senate! Poof no more Harry!!! Now that is the "Dream Act".

    September 14, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  21. chuckawalla

    Reid needs to excuse himself for being totally insane !!

    September 14, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. Mike Nelson

    Purely political. Purely Reid. This guy would switch parties and become an conservative overnight if he thought that's what it would take to retain "his" seat in the Senate. He's exactly what's wrong our government today.

    September 14, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. Chris

    nice try, dingy harry!! See you in Nov!!

    September 14, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. larry davis

    Reid Dream act is a nightmare for America. He wants the illegals to be citizens in order to create Democrats. This will vote American citizens into oblivion. No borders will be the end result. Also he wants to make the barracks a place for gays to spread their wings!!

    September 14, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  25. dennis milam

    PEOPLE OF NEVADA>>>> This guy is a total lunatic. If you don't vote him out, so are you!

    September 14, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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