House approves DREAM Act, but Senate approval uncertain
December 8th, 2010
09:29 PM ET
3 years ago

House approves DREAM Act, but Senate approval uncertain

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A hotly debated measure that offers a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children won approval Wednesday from the U.S. House.

The 216-198 vote, mostly on partisan lines, sends the so-called DREAM Act to the Senate, where it was uncertain if supporters had the votes to overcome a certain Republican filibuster against it.

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  1. Honest Abe

    if this passes through – it is the end of public education as we once knew it to be. only affluent areas will avoid the watered down education that illegal immigrants require and push to create a image of success. truth is the majority of illegal kids and their families have no interest in school and it shows. well... if you're a special education teacher it's good news for you!

    December 8, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    this is really the U.S. where dreams can become reality. Dream Act going to the top!!!! illegal immigrants where does this come from, so ignorant all the people in the U.S. are immigrants everyone's ancestors arrived here therefore everyone is an immigrant whether you believe it or not.

    December 8, 2010 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  3. Heather

    this is really the U.S. where dreams can become reality. Dream Act going to the top!!!! illegal immigrants where does this come from, so ignorant all the people in the U.S. are immigrants everyone's ancestors arrived here therefore everyone is an immigrant whether you believe it or not.

    December 8, 2010 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  4. alexsunnyC

    "One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws....

    How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man-made code that square...s with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts the human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust."

    -Martin Luther King, Jr, Letter from Birmingham Jail, 1963

    December 9, 2010 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  5. Steve in North Carolina

    Another example of why the American people tossed out a bunch of Dems in the last election. They can't seem to do anything except spend more money on worthless initiatives like this one.

    December 9, 2010 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
  6. jules sand-perkins

    The examples of summa cum laude college graduates and Eagle Scouts with (sob) God and Country Awards given as rationalizations for the DREAM Act still do not convince me that it should be passed.
    The traditional roads to citizenship are sufficient. We don't need a larger population unless we have an epidemic of bubonic plague.

    December 9, 2010 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  7. Samantha F.

    I think that this is a great idea. Some people believe that ALL imigrants are bad people but that's not the case, most came here because they wanted a better life. Example: the love of my life, great man, hardworking, loving, and a wonderful father...I can't believe what some people are saying about illegals, how mean and racist they sound...aren't we the land of the free? What happened to "love thy neighbor"? All I have to say is GO DREAM ACT!

    December 9, 2010 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  8. daniel

    Its not the children fault they were brought illegally and most of them only speak english the dream act allows them to gain the right to be free and get education.

    December 9, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. Nicole

    No amnesty discusions until border's are more secure and we're deporting those who came here illegally of their own volition! Priorities! Protect our citizens first, our tax dollars, and our word. We said it's illegal, how about we prove it?

    December 9, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  10. terry, va

    The dumbocraps will risk destroying this country for the extra votes they will pick up. Just keep adding to the deficit and pandering to socialist policies and we will collapse like the Roman Empire. No free rides for any group. Go through the process like everyone else has over the years.

    December 9, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |