Friday, July 1, 2011

DREAM Act: Senate holds hearing -

DREAM Act: Senate holds hearing -

The DREAM Act, which has been reincarnated in various forms over the years but has never passed in Congress, faces dim prospects again this session. It suffered a stinging defeat in a lame-duck session in December, when it passed the House but fell five votes short in the Senate.

With Republicans now in control of the House, longtime supporter Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), who on Tuesday held the first-ever Senate hearing on the bill, acknowledged a "long, long journey" ahead.

The hearing featured a cadre of Obama administration officials who testified that passing the legislation would allow law enforcement to focus on illegal immigrants convicted of crimes, while infusing the ailing economy with well-educated talent.

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