Last night at the Congressional Hispanic Institute Awards gala, President Barack Obama addressed the gathered crowd of Latino community leaders, celebrities and politicians and pledged to support the DREAM act:
"The Senate is going to have a chance to do the right thing over the next few weeks when Senator Reid brings the DREAM Act to the floor. Keep in mind, in the past, this was a bill that was supported by a majority of Democrats and Republicans. There's no reason why it shouldn't receive that same kind of bipartisan support today. I've been a supporter since I was in the Senate, and I will do whatever it takes to support the Congressional Hispanic Caucus' efforts to pass this bill so that I can sign it into law on behalf of students seeking a college education and those who wish to serve in our country's uniform. It's the right thing to do. We should get it done."
Senate majority leader Harry Reid recently announced that he would attach the DREAM act bill to a defense authorization bill that will likely be brought to the Senate floor next week. Youth and national leaders held a press conference to kick-off a week of action to pressure Senators to support the DREAM act and comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
"It's just basic good policy. The United States would benefit enormously from having these kids in our education system and serving in the armed forces," said Angela Kelley, vice president of immigration at the Center for American Progress. "They're American in every way except on paper. They want to serve. They want to learn. It makes no sense to keep them out. As far as politics go, it's good for both parties. The Latino and immigrant communities are going to be paying attention."