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. Randall

    This old scumbag will do anything to try and get elected.

    September 14, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  2. Chad from Tampa

    Playing politics with the military, not cool Harry.

    September 14, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  3. mortified

    This is one of the largest issues I have with Congress. If these leaders think their issue has merit, bring it up for a vote. No, not with something else but by itself. By "adding" other measures the initial legislation gets hurt.

    September 14, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. rbt

    Typical coward of a politician. Adds it to a bill that he can say the other side doesn't support. He needs to be retired

    September 14, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  5. MaryA

    What a coward! If as he says: "Reid called the DREAM Act "really important" then why does he have to hide it in a defense bill? This is the type of lack of 'transparency' Obama campaigned on and promised to fix. I consider him a traitor for hiding a bill to make illegals legal in a bill to protect the national interest. This type of game-playing and deceit should be illegal. This is disgusting and I hope he doesn't get the votes. The Dems are already in such terrible shape, I can't imagine he'd get his votes. And I hope they show him the door in Nevada. If they don't, they deserve him and his crooked politics.

    September 14, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  6. buckeyebubba

    Another "bribe" by the masters of bribery, deceit, distortion, subversion, slander, character assassination, class warfare, pandering, and socialism, THE DUMBASSOCRATS and Harry Reid. Truly pathetic. He must see his term in the Senate going down the tubes, so he's pulling all the crap out from under the rocks to pull in some gullible, ignorant, voters. Take this piece of trash out in November.

    September 14, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  7. Teka

    "Quinnipiac University national poll. IMMIGRATION DEMANDS already killing Democrats ......"The poll, carried out during the first week in September, found that respondents had a strong anti-immigrant tilt, favoring, by 68% to 24%, stricter enforcement of immigration laws rather than integrating illegal immigrants into society and, by 48% to 45%, an end to the constitutionally guaranteed practice of granting U.S. citizenship to children born of illegal immigrants. " Harry Reid is playing with fire on this one. I also think he just signed his defeat November. Nevada is very strongly anti-ILLEGAL Immigration. Few are against LEGAL the Left and the MEDIA blurr the line and slander legal immigrants..who take the medical exam, do the background the fees and wait years to come here..HARRY REID MAKES A MOCKER OF THEM......AND US.

    September 14, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  8. Jake

    Harry Reid is the ultimate chameleon.

    September 14, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  9. Jacob

    This is absolutly infuriating, this is the same kind of policy that led to the downfall of Rome. You don't let non-citisens in your military, it corupts them and then they turn on you. Like every other time people have tried to natonilize soldiers.

    September 14, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  10. Rick Reid

    Well, clearly the Repubilicans will do anything to stop what Americans. It's a shame that the people in this country, if the polls are right, are moving the Republicans once again. These people have very, very short memories. Not even two years we were on the brink of disaster, they handed President Obama a trillion dollar deficit, and unemployment was rising out of control, now things may be far from perfect right, but they are getting better.

    If we take steps backwards again, I hope someone can help us all. But I have if they do get in, this country will get what it deserves for being absolutely stupid all over again.

    September 14, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. misanthropicus

    Bye bye – now Reid is trying to fly a lead kite – it won't work, baby –

    September 14, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  12. American Girl

    I'm in the process of writing my senator right now! Not Happy!!

    September 14, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  13. NameJimbo

    This is an example of pure political trickery. Legislation should be mandate as single issue and not mixed like an omlette that ca not be swallowed.

    September 14, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. bob

    If the American People don't get these democrat worms, Reid, Polosey and Ostupid out of office soon the only alternative for people and states who wish to be free will be to leave the union. Red is a real creep.

    NEVER EVER VOTE FOR A DEMOCRAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 14, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  15. Blake Davis

    Reid is a craven coward – the faster he is ousted in Nevada the better.

    September 14, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. carla

    Great , Hairy is going to lose big now. What a freaking jerk.

    September 14, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. Glenn

    Why exactly do ILLegals get citizenship if they go to college? So an illegal can now get in-state tuition and citizenship – all for breaking the law...GEE REID is so in touch with resolving the issues that piss people off.

    September 14, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  18. Jim

    Politicians, both democrats and republicans that use the defense bill to pass crap that has nothing to do with defense, thus using military men and women as pawns, are nothing more than total scum and should be taking out and shot!

    September 14, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  19. Mahakala

    How does this idiot get elected? Time to wake up Nevada and send this senile old man packing

    September 14, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  20. Sad

    This is very, very sad... What a great way to ruin America! I hate the new America that we're being forced to accept!

    September 14, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  21. Michelle

    Only one problem: It should be called the DREIAM..... Development, Relief and Education of Illegal Alien Minors Act. Development. Give me a break. Do we have laws for some or for all?

    September 14, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  22. Scott T

    Harry Reid pandering for votes... Hope he gets tossed out in November...

    September 14, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  23. Chicago Nick

    Trying to buy Hispanic votes with our money even more so now with their careers on the line. Fire them all in the fall.

    September 14, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  24. David from San Diego

    I can't wait until he's FORMER Senator Reid ... or better yet, federal prisoner number xxxxxxxxx

    September 14, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |

    This SOB Reid + Pelosi + obummer are out to destroy this country...pandering to mexicans for their votes by allowing *ILLEGAL INVADING LAWBREAKERS* to stay in the USA legally....These imbeciles should be impeached or better still – jailed...Too bad I can't really say what's on my mind...or I'd have Obummers *JACK-BOOTS* knocking on my door to arrest me!! So much for *FREEDOM OF SPEECH* in OUR country....All OUR rights are being stripped away from us....There will be a "REVOLT" by the people soon, if we don't STOP this nonsense!!!

    September 14, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
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