House Passes DREAM Act

The House of Representatives passed the DREAM Act tonight with a vote of 216-198.

The Senate debate and vote have been postponed until tomorrow. Many leading political experts expected the bill to pass the House, but are predicting it will be more difficult to push the bill through the Senate. Nonetheless, tonight's win is a victory, even if it's a short-lived.

In order to win a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, the bill needs 60 votes and Democrats control just 58.

The DREAM act is aimed at young people who were brought to the United States as undocumented immigrants before the age of 16, have been in the country for at least five years, and have graduated from high school. It would provide them with the opportunity to gain legal status if they joined the military or attended college.

Tune into CSPAN now to follow the vote.