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.
What's funny is that conservatives and Republicans have often called the porous border as a matter of national defense. Now that Reid has added it to a defense bill, they'll probably turn around and argue that defense and immigration have nothing to do with each other.
We'll see how this turns out, but props to Reid for the ballsy move.
Interesting way to try to trick the American people by gaming defense spending, Reid.
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This man is making trouble by bring into the defense bill something that will cause delays and disunity. Heis doing this against common sense and for political opportunity that he thinks will bolster his failing ability to keep his job. This man is a coward and a liar and is only looking out for his own behalf. Hopefully the voters will see thru his BS and send his arse packing!
To the citizens of Nevada:
Please free the Republic from this man!
Note to Congress: Please stop adding controversial non-defense-related items to defense bills, and thereby punishing our troops solely for your own personal political gain!!!
This will FAIL. The Republicans WILL fillibuster it if it contains a repeal of DADT and the DREAM legislation. It won't even be taken up. ANY Republican who votes even to take up this legislation WILL be voted out of office come November. They can immediately kiss their job goodbye.
This man would say are do anything to get elected again again again and again. He could care less about The Dream Act. He is just full of it.He needs to find a job. What a joke that is not funny.
What is it about Washington, that when you get sent there by your state, you instantly turn stupid. What do they not understand about closing the border. Most people I have spoken to don't mind a path to citizenship; but I cant think of anyone that doesn't want the border closed first above anything else.
Harry Reid is a penis sucker of the first order....
Good Job Harry!
Your history November 2, Dork.
Reid is taking a big chance with the November election around the corner. Republicans and the Tea Partys are already energized. The Omibus bill with the Dream Act attached is the type of legislation making voters are angry about. Democrats, if they are wise, will vote it down.
Yes, Harry. It's totally the fault of the Republicans. The fact that you keep proposing unpalatable programs has nothing to do with it, does it?
If the bill was so important, why won't it stand on it's own?
Reid is such a sneaky weasel... I sure hope that he loses his re-election and crawls back to wherever he came from...
You have done nothing to protect American citizens from a MEXICAN INVASION!!!
It's time for you to face the nation and step down... with dignity...
Our DREAM ACT would be for all illegal aliens to respect our laws and leave our country.
Can't we just vote on one thing at a time. All this posturing and leveraging is not about what is best for America. Enough with the sub bill and sub sub bill. Vote should be clear Yes or No on the military. Then there should be a complete and separate vote on this Dream Act and a third vote on Don't ask dont tell. These amendments only muddy voting records so no one has a clue who anyone really is and what they stand for. This is why everyone needs to go.
These guys are slick... What is wrong with the immigration laws that exist? The problem is not with the laws, its the spineless lack of enforcing them!
When you tie an elected official to the enforcement of the law, you always end up with bribery and corruption somewhere down the line!
VOTE THEM OUT!
Anything for a few votes so you can stay in power Harry?
You are disgusting.
Why do we continue to allow items into bills that has no relation. Slipping stuff in is what has runined this country.
This is an easy bill to vote down. Nothing in it but crap.
This jerk will do anything to get himself reelected including "buying" the hispanic vote. Hey Harry get a clue. This is NOT what legal American citizen majorities want. Retire.
Reid is a Facist and will be stopped.