December 9th, 2010
12:02 PM ET
7 years ago

Senate cancels DREAM vote

(CNN) - Senate Democrats canceled a scheduled vote on the DREAM Act on Thursday, a move that means the measure is likely dead for this year.

The hotly debated measure that offers a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children narrowly won approval Wednesday from the U.S. House.

The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act - or DREAM - would create a path to citizenship for immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children under the age of 16 and have lived in America for at least five years, obtained a high school or General Education Development diploma and demonstrated "good moral character," according to a White House fact sheet.

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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Another bill being held up/being held HOSTAGE in the Senate. I wish their were members from the House Democrats that were senators. The Ben Nelson's of the party need to get out of the party. I want to see Rep. Weiner run for Senate.

    December 9, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. kuate

    wow.. so they just plan on fixing nothin? like doing nothing has worked? really... what a shame.

    December 9, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. Les

    We don't need a bill that will continue to reward illegal alliens who bring their children across the border. To help the ones who were stuck here because of there parents is one thing, but there would be no end to the line this would cause. Amnesty to how many illegals for eternity? What is the deadline for who and the timeline. Just isn't going to work. Someone needs to write a bill that is more realistic.

    December 9, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. ConsiderThis

    Sounds like a republican move. I suppose the Dems think that if holding legislation hostage works for the repubs, why not use the same strategy for the Dems – until they get their way? Politics in America is pethetic!

    December 9, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. jules sand-perkins

    Cancel the whole bad idea.
    Not all of the candidates for the express line to citizenship are summa cum laude graduates and Eagle Scouts with God and Country Awards.

    December 9, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. betterdays

    Wow. Now Democrats are obstructing THEMSELVES.

    This is fun to watch.

    December 9, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Baba Booey

    Support the DREAM act!!!! The people this is for are hard working individuals who can give a lot to our country! They are harder workers then me that's for sure and I'm a citizen! Support this and support a great cause!!!

    December 9, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. jose

    is this surprising? our government can't do ANYTHING. ANYTHING AT ALL except maybe fight for NFL broadcasting rights.

    December 9, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Nat

    Get your facts straight, please: they haven't canceled it. Reid simply tabled the vote on the Senate bill so that they can vote on the passed House bill next week and send it straight to the President's desk if it also passes the Senate.

    December 9, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Dreamer (;

    "Likely dead for this year" ???! Please, you haven't seen anything yet! The DREAMAct WILL be approved next week by the grace of God.

    December 9, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Baba Booey

    Support the dream act!!!! This is for people who work harder then most citizens in this country!! I am a citizen myself and I don't work to my full potential but the people the dream act was made for work damn hard!!!!!

    December 9, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. jose

    Yeah, keep dreamin.

    December 9, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. GOP Taliban Victim

    Citizenship in exchange for military service? YES

    Citizenship for college? NO – why didn't I get help for my college bills? That's just ridiculous.

    This bill stinks. Rewrite for military service in exchange for citizenship only – then it should pass.

    December 9, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Jermaine

    This is not fair at all. Another year of people in my position not "existing" In this country just because people don't want to at least discuss it!? Are they serious.

    December 9, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    All of this is nothing but you bucking the President. And for what I ask you?
    Do YOU dummies have a better idea? No you don't.
    You're starting to look more and more like the RethugliKKKlans. Willful, malignant, obstructionists.
    I feel sorry for our President and all of his eforts, and DOUBLY sorry for us Americans.


    December 9, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. Mo

    You can use the Dream Act for kindling on your next campout.

    December 9, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    That should've read:
    My bad.

    December 9, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. gt

    military yes..... thats it....if they want to risk there lives ... let them be one of us...

    December 9, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. stufit

    Can they get to the business of improving our economy and approving the extension of the tax cuts. They waste time on such stupid things.

    December 9, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. John D

    The DREAM ACT is a piece of crap legislation that belongs in the toilet. It is riddled with loop holes people can slip right through and there are ZERO penalties or ways to track what has been done. It will open a flood gate for illegals. Shut down the borders! DEPORT ALL ILLEGALS!!!!

    December 9, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Fair is Fair

    Another BIG swing and a miss for the dems.

    December 9, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  22. T'sah from Virginia

    That was DEAD when it left the HOUSE!!!! You know, the Senate is in LOCKJAW and it does not benefit them $$$$$ wise!!

    December 9, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "It is riddled with loop holes people can slip right through and there are ZERO penalties or ways to track what has been done"

    Please list those loopholes and explain the procedures and oversight mechanisms and why they fail.

    Can't? Thought so.

    December 9, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "Shut down the borders!"

    Silly of me...I forgot to ask for your cost-effective, non-deficit-ballooning proposal for "shutting down the borders." While we're at it, why don't you explain to the class how you plan to remove all illegals immediately without spending trillions of dollars creating the police state necessary to "sniff them out" and summarily toss them back over the border into their country of origin without any due process.

    December 9, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "The temporary tax breaks for the rich is a very small price to pay for what Obama got for the middle class."

    $120B spent on something that DOES NOT CREATE JOBS OR STABILIZE THE ECONOMY (i.e., completely WASTED) is a very small price to pay? We'll keep that in mind next time the GOP complains about spending...well, at least some of us will...the rest, people like yourself, don't really care what the GOP does because no matter what it is you agree with it and refuse to see or acknowledge their abject hypocrisy.

    December 9, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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