By Mariela Rosario | 12/08/2010 - 20:45
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.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/07/2010 - 09:07
Although we can't be there to support the vigils being held across the country for the DREAM Act Day of Action organized by the National Council of La Raza today, we wanted to be sure that you have all the information you need to know about this key bill.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/06/2010 - 11:47
Independent immigration-rights groups, Democratic congressional leadership, the President of the United States and even some conservative leaders all support the DREAM Act. So why is it's passage causing so much controversy? Mainly because it's being used as political fodder by Republican legislators and anti-immigrant groups who are claiming the bill provides amnesty, not equal opportunity, for undocumented young people who were brought here to the U.S. without knowledge of their immigration status.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/05/2010 - 18:30
The National Council of La Raza has called for Tuesday, December 7, 2010 to be a day of action in support of the DREAM act. Many believe that a vote will come to congress this week regarding this legislation, which aims to provide a path to citizenship for undocumented youth.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/02/2010 - 11:00
The failure to address immigration reform and, more specifically, the DREAM Act, may backfire miserably on both Republicans and Democrats. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) filed a motion on Tuesday to vote for closure on the DREAM Act, essentially forcing Congress to bring the debate to an end and put the bill up for a legislative consideration.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 11/24/2010 - 15:50
The race is officially on to get the Dream Act passed this year, before newly elected members of Congress (mostly Republicans) are sworn in in January.
After meeting with Hispanic Congressional Caucus members last week, the White House is in full gear, trying to get the word out about an upcoming Senate vote.
By Mariela Rosario | 11/23/2010 - 18:00
Jorge Ramos has put his money where his mouth is an offered up $20 thousand of his own hard-earned cash to support scholarships for future generation who he hopes will be able to stay and study in the U.S. once the DREAM Act is passed.
By Mariela Rosario | 11/19/2010 - 15:22
Some Latino Republicans are planning on crossing the aisle in order to support a vote on the DREAM act that Sen. Harry Reid, President Obama and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus want to push through during the lame-duck congress.
Republican U.S. Reps. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (FL) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL) called upon House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring the DREAM Act to a vote. Republican congressman-elect David Rivera of Miami has also demonstrated support for the DREAM act.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 11/18/2010 - 15:45
The hundreds of undocumented students have held marches and sit-ins nationwide to pressure congress to pass the DREAM Act may be getting their wish—if President Obama and three high-profile Latino politicians have anything to say about it.