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Senate Democrats to Reintroduce Dream Act
Senate Democrats say they will make another stab at passing the Dream Act to benefit undocumented immigrant children
A day after president Obama spoke in Texas about immigration reform Senate Democrats are reintroducing a bill that would give legal status to some illegal immigrants who came to the US as children. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, along with Senators Dick Durbin of Illinois and Robert Menendez of New Jersey, said the Senate will make a second attempt to pass the Dream Act which previously failed during the lame-duck session of the last Congress. The bill would provide legal status and a path to citizenship to young people who were brought to the US illegally as children and receive a college education or want to enter the military. Under the bill, children under 15, who have been in the country continually at least five years, graduate from high school or obtain a G.E.D., and complete two years of college or military service would qualify. Opponents of the bill say it amounts to an "amnesty", which would hurt American workers at a time of high unemployment. They argue that the government should focus of border security first before considering paths to legal status for undocumented immigrants.