DREAM Act To Be Decided In Lame-Duck Congress
December 2, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
Republican Senators are expected to oppose Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) efforts to pass the DREAM Act, which would grant citizenship for some undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children.
According to Bloomberg, the bill would likely need the support of about a half-dozen Republicans in order to pass during the lame-duck session. In January, the GOP will gain six seats in the Senate, making it unlikely that the DREAM Act would pass in the next congressional session.
The legislation, if approved, would allow people who came to America before the age of 16 and remained for at least five years to gain legal residency if they attend college or serve in the military. Republicans blocked the bill in September when it was attached to the defense authorization bill.
"Granting legal status should only be done as part of comprehensive reform to ensure that we finally address our broken immigration system,” retiring Senator Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) told the news provider.
New Mexico-based journalist Kathleene Parker recently detailed how lax immigration policies are partly responsible for a looming water crisis in the Southwest. In the report Population, Immigration, and the Drying of the American Southwest, which was published by the Center for Immigration Studies, Parker explores the link between a possible economic and environmental water crisis and the fact that the Southwest is the fastest-growing region because of the growing immigrant population.