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

Reid adds controversial immigration measure to defense bill

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. libsuck

    If its so good, let it stand on its own as a single bill. The demtards know it would lose in the court of public opinion when exposed to the light of day.

    September 14, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. Stan Sobkowicz

    Stupid amendment to defense bill. This tacking of amendments to unrelated subject matter bills needs to go. Lot of pork gets through that way.

    September 14, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. Mary

    All the more reason traitors like reid need to be ejected from US government. He is treasonous, treacherous and self serving. He's been way too long at this fair.

    September 14, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  4. Reese

    Cant wait til this idiot is out of office or atleast reduced to MINORITY leader.

    September 14, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |

    Again, we have to address the issue of illegal aliens in our country, having children in our country, of which our TAX dollars paid for their hospital and doctor bills, and a jackass from Nevada decides it's OK to attach a DREAM to our defense bill! Harry Reid is a TRAITOR to the American people! The penalty for this offense is DEATH!!!!!

    September 14, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  6. tim morgan

    This man continues to be a total disgrace to the Senate, and, more importantly, to the state of Nevada. As many problems as I have with Sharron Angle on a whole host of topics, this man belongs nowhere near the seat of power or influence in this great nation of ours. And to think that Harry Reid once called the former President a loser....Yikes

    September 14, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. No DREAM Nightmare for America

    Illegal alien parents bring their foreign-born children into our nation to receive free education, school meals, etc., and now we should reward their treachery by giving the kids amnesty. Ridiculous. Deport them and their parents. They can build a new life in their home country with the skills and education that they stole here.

    September 14, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. conservative-in-vegas

    Reason number 28 not to vote for that senile socialist.

    September 14, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  9. california asset protection

    holy smokescreen, dirty harry is at it again!

    September 14, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  10. marg

    Not a DREAM Act, Harry. It's more like another NIGHTMARE from you jerks in WAshingon. Yep, you're jerks.

    I can't think of one nice thing to say about you and your ilk.

    September 14, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  11. stlcards

    This is exactly what the Tea Party is trying to stop. Harry Reid is absolutely insane.

    September 14, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. mike

    Harry Reid hates America and loves power. Any person in Nevada who votes for this bozo should be required by law to seek medical attention and be scanned for possible brain injuries.

    September 14, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  13. Dredd

    Reid is on his way off the sinking ship. He's going to as much damage as he possibly can.

    Remember in November...


    September 14, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. Vince

    Dirtbag Harry Reid is going to hold money for our troops HOSTAGE to his DREAM Act BS! Nevada, if you vote this moron back in then YOU people are responsible for harming this nation immeasurably.

    September 14, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. iShane

    What an idiot. It's time to vote them out or force them out. These fools, all of them, have about as much in common with 'us' black/white/yellow/red/whatever as a Victorian queen with a prisoner.

    No more career politicians.

    September 14, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. Amendment

    We need an amendment to the Constitution that states all bills submitted and as amended may not deviate from the original intent of the bill. <– notice the period.

    No exceptions, no magical 1000-2000 page bills that are so filled with pork and nefarious riders. If a bill cannot pass on it's own merits then it should not pass. It should not be allowed to be added to any other bill as a rider.

    The DREAM Act may be a good plan, I don't know. But I'm tired of bills essentially never getting a good look at them, debated, and possibly amended to make them better, all because they were crafted hastily and attached to time driven budget bills.

    September 14, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. Kevin Williams

    Important and/or merited bills can and should stand on their own. Mixing of issues should no longer be allowed!

    September 14, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. Cogito

    These cretin Democrats hate America......they are Ameriphobes. They are asking for a riot and they may very well get one.

    September 14, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  19. broccoliobama

    This is political hackery at the ultimate. This is the type of thing that brings anarchism to the streets. You cannot do this in this country. This guy is so far out of control; this is liberal desperation. The "good" people that elected these nihilist into office should be eating their dirty underwear. This is ignominious. This is so far out there that, we the people, need to rise up and attack Washington in our pick-up trucks with shot-guns and pitch-forks. Harry Reid is treasonous and should be taken out ! ! ! !

    September 14, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  20. No more obama!!!

    i have an even better idea. why doesn't Reid try representing the people he was elected to support. Reid is going down in this next election because of his far left agenda, which is much futher left than those in Nevada or the rest of this country. Bye, bye, Reid. Go peddle your crap to those who still think you're worth their time.

    September 14, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  21. eric

    Wow, thanks for telling us absolutely nothing in regards as to what this DREAM act actually does, or does not do.

    September 14, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. Jim in Florida

    Reid has proven he doesn't gove a flip[ about the military.

    What does DREAM have to do with defense appropriations?

    Moronic, inbred, elitist Senators, wealthy and stupid, are sure helping Obama kill this country.

    September 14, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. lifesong22

    This kind of tactic is EXACTLY why Dirty Harry Reid needs to be gone from American politics. He is trying to do one last thing for the team before HOPEFULLY the people of Nevada do the right thing and vote out this steaming POS.

    I am all for purging BOTH parties of incumbents, but replacing them with true representatives of the people. Good people of Nevada, please help your country by bringing your pooper scooper.

    September 14, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  24. Mick

    This is a lie. Non citizens can join the US military now and shave years off their time required to become a citizen. The real kicker is that he is going to reward illegals who go to college (probably on the public dime) with citizenship. Hell Harry, why don't we give them a car with a gringo to drive it.

    September 14, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  25. dejon

    Harry Reid needs to lay down and die

    September 14, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
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