Friday, December 17, 2010

DREAM Act: Will the Senate Deliver a Christmas Miracle Tomorrow?

Posted By on Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 5:02 PM

It passed the House, you know. So it's not a pipe dream. And that House bill comes up in the Senate tomorrow, Saturday. A week before Christmas.

You know what the DREAM Act is — it's the federal legislation that would provide a tiny path to citizenship for a sliver of people who have lived American lives through extraordinary personal achievement, having bettered themselves in academics and/or military service, despite the path to deportation that current law has them on.

Tennessee celebrity Ashley Judd issued a public statement in support of the measure today, so could she take credit if it passes the Senate when the cloture vote (to close debate) comes up tomorrow? Maybe Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander would take pictures with her, if they decided to either vote in favor or at least not filibuster the thing.

Maybe that's what passing the DREAM Act out of the Senate would look like. Some senators would say, "I don't support it, but I don't find it necessary to filibuster every dang piece of legislation I don't like."

Funny thing is, there's a lot to like, if you recognize you have two hands.

On the one hand, you don't want to reward their parents.

On the other hand are a million different reasons to fix the law in small ways like the DREAM Act. Here's hoping our Tennessee Senators either look in that other hand, or that they at least let it go to majority vote.

TIRRC has action items for those who want a role in how the headlines play out tomorrow.

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