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DREAM Act Down, but Not Out!

September 22nd, 2010 · 6 Comments

As has been reported all over the news yesterday and today, the DREAM Act, along with the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal, was blocked from coming to the Senate floor by the GOP in the Senate. Senator Reid had chosen to bring the DREAM Act to the Senate floor as an amendment to the defense authorization bill, and a filibuster by Republican senators stopped the forward momentum. Essentially, this was a procedural maneuver to delay any action on both issues of allowing gays to serve openly in the military and allowing undocumented youth to regularize their status through college attendance and/or military service.

This is a step backwards for the DREAM Act and immigration movement, but maybe not as big of a setback as one would imagine. Yesterday Senator Reid did reaffirm his commitment to the DREAM Act in offering this, “We’re going to vote on the DREAM Act, it’s just a question of when. This isn’t the end of this. We’re going to continue to move on.”

A good piece that puts yesterday’s vote in perspective is this one by Trail of DREAMs Walker Gaby Pacheco.

Tags: Education · GOP · Immigration

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anna // Sep 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    If the bill comes up again for a vote after the midterms, people should focus on persuading lame duck Senators such as Senator Bennett of Utah.

    http://washingtonindependent.com/98335/durbin-to-re-introduce-dream-act-on-senate-floor-today

  • 2 Pablo // Sep 22, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    “…it’s just a question of when.” Indeed.

  • 3 Chicano future tense // Sep 23, 2010 at 12:38 am

    Please don’t shoot me…ok?
    I hate to be a harbinger-a bearer of bad news-but I feel I have to deliver the bitter truth as I see it…no matter how repugnant and disgusting it may be to many of us Latinos.
    The DREAM act is dead.period.CIR has been shoved into political purgatory for the foreseeable future.
    While Dreaming can be exciting,wonderful and inspiring no doubt,there must inevitably come a time when we will wake up from our dreams and rub our eyes and see the cold,hard,grey reality of the real world which surrounds us.
    Latinos assuming the attitude of “Hear no evil,speak no evil,see no evil” will get us absolutely nowhere.
    I despise the Republican party,and having said that the way I see it come November,the GOP is going to cream the Democrats…big time.
    A significant part of that victory will be because of-not in spite of- anti-immigrant hysteria riding a rising tide of xenophobia and racism.
    The GOP will more than likely win the House,making GOP point man John Boehner speaker, It’s also a possibilty we will see a 50-50 split in the Senate, and the GOP could very well wind up picking up eight new governors.Not very good news for Latinos..Not very auspicious for the chances of any type of immigration reform.
    If the Dream act thought by some to be “down” but not “out” is to be looked at through the lens of an overwhelming Gop victory post November elections I would say that CIR or the Dream act will not just be “down”..but rather will be killed-off and left for dead.Wishful thinking and praying however noble and inspiring unfortunately will not stop this from happening.
    I think it is time for Latinos to start asking questions,seek new approaches,new solutions and creative ideas other than being condemned to the futitily of perpetually voting in elections,being forced to choose between the “lesser of two evils”..(let’s not forget the lesser of two evils is still evil).
    ..yes,voting is easy-painless..yes,voting is harmless -risk free….
    But whoever said that real freedom ever came from just pulling a lever or punching a card in a booth in a vastly manipulated controlled con-game,a rigged contest between two parties owned by the same masters..Democrats and Republicans two wings of the same party..the party of the rich.
    Voting..yeah..it feels good,is easy, it’s risk-free..that’s why it almost never gives us real self-determination and power.
    Freedom seldom or never comes so easy…

    Unless we look at- invite fresh new ideas,leadership,alternative views,from our Latino people as to new ways we could advance and progress,we will stay stuck in the bog like the dinosaurs at the La Brea tarpits for at least another decade or perhaps longer.
    It’s time for new ideas.

  • 4 Anna // Sep 23, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Re: “The DREAM act is dead.”

    I don’t think so. You know why? Because the Pentagon wants it. The only thing I would be worried about is them passing the bill without the education component. Senator Levin suggested that on the Senate floor.

    I have to hand it to these kids. A few months ago, I didn’t think they would get this far. Keep up the good work and eventually it will pass.

  • 5 Chicano future tense // Sep 24, 2010 at 7:10 am

    re: Anna.
    As far as I’m concerned,if Senator Levin does succeed in further perverting the DREAM act -guts it of it’s educational component- then it should no longer be called the DREAM act.
    In fact,it should be renamed the NIGHTMARE act because it then becomes a road if followed could very likely lead to the death and destruction of thousands of young Latino lives.
    In my opinion, any Latino who would support such a NIGHTMARE act would not only just be a fool-but a dangerous and unthinking fool.
    Sorry,but I for one cannnot sympathize with a young Latino who in exchange for a green card, would be willing to go overseas and kill other young people of color for big oil,big business profits and American miltary geopolitical interests.
    In all honesty,I pity the unfortunate human being who is forced into making such self-destructive decisions soley based on their desperation,economic or immigration status.
    The “Kids” deserve better than that..
    Latinos should do everything possible to help them avoid falling into such an evil trap.

    Believe it or not there are some things that are even more valuable than having a green card such as life,dignity,sanity and self-respect.

  • 6 nana // Oct 4, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Dram act is dead.. I sure hope so, i find it unfair. and though i unserstand your parents brought you here Illegaly when you were your they still violated the law. and do the many students that are illegal and wolr under some fake social and drive and do many things. why should you be first and not those waiting to come here legal? i hope its dead and i hope we can finally enforce our laws

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