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. Dean

    Because of crapolla like this, it's all over for the Democrats in November and all over for Obama in 2012!

    Keep going Harry, you just drove another nail into the Democrat coffin!

    September 14, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. Brian Foltz

    He is doing it to try and get the Spanish vote and that is the only reason.

    September 14, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  3. pethen

    Harry Reid is showing that he not afraid to stand for what he believes.

    September 14, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. NCMike

    Reid is a duplicitous manipulator. He deserves to be voted out of office and relegated to the scrap heap of corrupt party hacks.

    September 14, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. Russell Hurd

    they still don't get it, do they ? enjoy your tenure while you have it, harry. the handwriting's on the wall. signed, a sick and tired of it taxpayer.

    September 14, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  6. bobby6343

    Dream Act? Or nightmare Act? The path to enact other laws that will open a path for more illegals to enter this country for more Democrats votes. Those that are here illegally should not be given any form of favors that will enable them the rights that belong to those that are U.S citizens, not by parents that have enter this country illegally and their children are just anchor babies.

    What need to be pass is a law or the repeal of the 14Th amendment, since those that are in office don't know how to interpret the 14Th.

    Imagine, babies of Ambassadors cannot receive U.S birth certificates since the parents are Not U.S citizens, but those that come from Mexico and other countries have more rights then Ambassadors.

    So in essence, what value does the Dream Act hold? None!

    September 14, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  7. John Brewster

    Harry Reid epitomizes much of what is wrong with the entrenched "ruling class" in Washington. Everything if viewed from a political perspective. Even Obama has David Alexrod at his right hand in every meeting to advise the POTUS with the latest polling data on whatever subject is under consideration. The right to add unrelated matters into pending bills should be eliminated. If something will not stand scrunity and debate on its own merit, it should not be passed. The idea that an unpopular or unwise piece of legislation might be passed because no one has the courage not to pass the underlying bill (whether it involves support for our soldiers or some other bipartisan concern) should be worrisome. Sadly, most Americans are not even aware of how wheeler-dealers like Reid can prevert the process to achieve their own agenda or gain political points by passing into law things that are not acceptable to the majority of Americans – and often not good for the country.

    September 14, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. Massimo Deportado

    The last attempt at screwing every Americam one MORE TIME.

    September 14, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  9. JapesMacFarland

    Obviously the move should be encouraging illegal immigrants to become legal citizens. Not watering down what it means to be a citizen by giving all the same status to illegals as to citizens (in this case, serving as an American soldier.) Reid obviously is doing what the Left does best. Playing groups against each other for votes and power. He could care less about E Pluribus Unum and should be ashamed; but he's not.
    These people really need to be stopped.

    September 14, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. MikefromWV

    Reid is totally off his nut on this and he knows it. He is only doing it to try and garner latino votes that he couldn't get any other way - and probably will not be able to get anyway.

    There is no way that immigration reform will pass if and until our borders are totally secured, and, not until employers start facing criminal sanctions and punishments to include both heavy fines and substantial jail time, for knowingly hiring illegal aliens.

    Legal, regulated immigration, yes! Illegal immigration and/or amnesty for illegals, no!

    September 14, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. Dale Powers

    A link to the dream act verbage would have been nice.

    September 14, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. RightStuff

    Harry Reid is certifiably insane. I've been trying to get him to see psychiatric care for over ten years, to no avail. This man actually has a death wish for this country, and for the life of me I know not why. He must have been a youthful drug abuser out there in Searchlight. Suffers from arrested maturity, and delusion. How anyone in Nevada (I am a former citizen.) could vote for this creep is beyond me.

    September 14, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  13. David Moore

    Socialist have been taking little bites of the apple for decades.
    Fortunately for American our Socialist Progressive President has awakened a sleeping giant the middle class by arrogantly trying a major power play to the left. He will be stopped this November and looking for a Community Organizers job in 2012.
    I hope the good people of Nevada throw this accomplice out

    September 14, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  14. Jason

    Yeah give the slimy illegal scum a free pathyway you piece of sub-human trash. How else can Liberal losers get votes?

    September 14, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  15. John Hunsaker

    Garbage in Garbage out..... Vote this absolute fool piece of dung OUT with the rest of Washington – they are killing our country and laughing all the way to the banks...... WAKE UP AMERICA...... November+NO=freedom! No to every damn one of these politicial, regardless of party...... Please...

    September 14, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  16. DC Military Member

    Way to hold the defense spending bill hostage to a crappy immigration policy that the majority of Americans don't agree with in the first place. Nothing like putting the troops first Reid the loser!

    September 14, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  17. Kelly C

    What a desperate move by a doomed lifetime politician who has finally alienated enough people to lose his next election. Your garbage Harry, Nevada deserves better.

    September 14, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  18. Brian Bailey

    Please vote this guy out.

    September 14, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  19. kapechi

    They can't dump this guy fast enough. How in the world can the US Congress call something Illegal then bless it with a "path to citizenship"? This is a complete sellout of every law we have. Apparently if enough people violate the law, Congress will pass a law condoning it. STUPID.

    September 14, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  20. dr of many things

    This is exactly what infuriates the informed public about Harry Reid and law-making in general. Immigration reform does not need to be attached to a military spending bill. Is reconcilliation in the works again? Harry just lost another 2% of those who would have voted for him in November. The man has no insight into what's stirring up opposition. A dolt.

    September 14, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  21. Jamey

    I like the add on, but this should be a bill on its own, im tired of thousand page bills

    September 14, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. Chris

    Couldn't see this one coming... ( insert sarcasm here ).........
    Tack on a bill that won't fly on its own to a defense bill. That way,
    if there is dissension, the Democrats can scream and holler about how Republicans are holding up vital funding that will endanger our troops.

    Ya' gotta love it.

    September 14, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  23. Fairwind

    Harry Reid continues to be one of the more corrupt politicians in congress. His every move is dishonest!

    September 14, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  24. welovetheUSA

    My never stops. We allow over 2 Million illegals in this country every year, they come in this country by the millions illegally and you want to make them has to stop, states can no longer afford their free ride at tax payer expense. Reid needs to go Nevada...period.

    September 14, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. Popeyepearlharbor

    Honest to God, I don't know what country I'm in anymore! It just get crazier every time I read the news. It's like "let's do as much damage as we can before the bouncer throws us out"! I don't know...

    September 14, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
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