Though the DREAM Act failed to pass a senate vote this past weekend, many young activists and immigrant supporters are refusing to give up hope. Now, recent high school graduates and college students plan to take the fight to a state by state level and are gearing up for the 2012 elections.
"All of us are definitely preparing for much more defensive work," Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center told the Associated Press.
President Obama was very upset about the result of the vote. "A minority of senators prevented the Senate from doing what most Americans understand is best for the country. There was simply no reason not to pass this important legislation," the president said in a statement. "It is disappointing that common sense did not prevail today."
“It is a truly sad day when a minority of obstructionist senators would choose to block a bill that has tremendous long-term benefits to our nation,” said Voto Latino Executive Director Maria Teresa Kumar. “Sacrificing the dreams of hundreds of thousands of our brightest youth for shortsighted political gains flies against America’s guiding principles and values. The Latino community will not forget those political leaders who today chose to obstruct progress for personal gain.”
But only Univision anchor Jorge Ramos asked what many of us were thinking on his broadcast after the vote: How will Republicans be able ask Latinos to vote for them after blocking the DREAM Act? Only time will tell.
Watch the vote below: