Dream Act Supporters Sue U.S. Senate

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Dream Act supporters are hitting the courts again – this time, to prove that the cloture vote that killed it in 2010 was unconstitutional, reports Huffington Post.

The Dream Act, an act that would grant undocumented immigrants legal status if they meet several requirements, like attending college or serving in the military, was voted down in 2010 due to the Senate’s filibuster rule.  This rule forces a bill to overcome a supermajority (60 votes) in order to move forward and end debate on a measure. The Dream Act received 55 votes.

A 52-page complaint filed on Monday by nonpartisan lobbying group Common Cause asks the U.S. District Court to declare the filibuster rule unconstitutional because it violates the principle of majority rule. Three young undocumented immigrants are plaintiffs, as well as four Democratic House members. 

“The filibuster is exactly that — it’s a rule that’s crippled our system of government. Undocumented youth, perhaps like no other group, understands about the legislative process,” said Caesar Vargas, one of the plaintiffs. “We have lived it; we have shed tears for it. And we have seen a minority able to cripple dreams.”

While many feel the lawsuit is a shot in the dark, it does give the Dream Act a different angle in trying to gain passage of the bill. The hope is that those who are also opposed to the filibuster rule (albeit for different reasons) support the overturn of the rule, and in essence, support the Dream Act.

What do you think? Do you think the Act stands a chance at defeating the filibuster rule?

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