“Some Senators Fail in Common Sense as they Block Passage of the DREAM Act in The U.S. Senate”
SACRAMENTO, CA – Today by a vote of 55-41, The United States Senate blocked the procedural cloture motion to stop debate that would have brought the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, better known as the DREAM Act, to the Senate floor for a vote by all Senators present.
The following is a statement from Chief Arturo Venegas, Jr. (Ret.), Project Director of the Law Enforcement Engagement Initiative:
"Common sense was lost in the Senate today as 41 Senators voted against the procedural cloture motion that would have stopped debate and moved the historic DREAM Act to a floor vote. The likelihood of passage on the floor was great and it would have paved the way for young immigrants to achieve their dreams and serve our nation. Thousands of young people, who were brought to this country by their parents at a very young age and grew up as Americans, will now continue to be stuck in limbo, without the ability to work, further their educations or effectively give back to the only country they know.
We applaud those Senators and members of the House of Representatives who voted in support of this common sense legislation that has garnered bipartisan support in Congress and across the spectrum of American society. We ask for the sake of these young people and America that they not give up and that they continue in their resolve to make DREAM a reality. Today’s Senate action today proves that now more than ever, that this nation needs statespersons that can set aside politics and instead act in the best interest and values of our country.
These young people did nothing to bring about their shadowed status. They are American in every way but in their resident status. Law enforcement, like the military, educational, religious and other institutions in our country, see these young people as community members that need to be engaged not kept in a classless state. We need them as active participants in the safety of our neighborhoods for the security of our nation. This wrong needs to be set right. It’s the common sense thing to do for these young people and it’s the right thing to do for America."