U.S. Senate blocks vote on DREAM Act

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, a longtime advocate for fair and humane comprehensive immigration reform, responded to the U.S. Senate’s failed cloture vote today blocking consideration of the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act). The DREAM Act, which passed the U.S. House last week, seeks to provide undocumented young people “conditional permanent residency” if they arrived in this country before they were 16 and attend college or serve in the military. Upon graduation or completion of their enlistment, they would receive permanent legal residency with an opportunity to apply for U.S. citizenship.

Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force stated:

Passage of the DREAM Act would have brought our nation closer to ensuring brighter and more secure futures for our young people, including countless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, by providing them a path to citizenship. It is deeply disappointing that the Senate today refused to even allow a vote on the bill. One of our country’s core beliefs is that everyone should get a fair shake to fully participate in civic life and be able to build a future in the country they love and call home. Passage of the DREAM Act would have done justice to this fundamental and humane principle. It would have marked an important first step toward fixing this nation’s broken immigration system. Instead, the futures of thousands of young people continue to hang in the balance because a few lawmakers have placed politics over people and principle.