Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who serves as the chairman of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, said there's no chance that a mass amnesty can be passed in 2012. Pres. Obama called for passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the DREAM Act during Tuesday night's State of the Union address.
"We need to look at immigration — we’re never going to get comprehensive this year without Republican support, and we don’t have it," Schumer was quoted as saying in The Hill. "But there are specific things that we can do on immigration that make some sense."
Sen. Schumer didn't completely rule out passage of the DREAM Act, but isn't optimistic about the bill's chances.
"Right now [the DREAM Act] doesn’t have all the votes, but we can keep working towards it," he said.
During the 2010 lame duck session in December, the House passed a modified version of the DREAM Act, but the bill failed to reach enough support during a procedural vote in the Senate. During that vote, five Republicans crossed party lines and voted for the bill with the Democrats, but four Democrats voted no with the Republicans causing the bill to fail.
The DREAM Act also failed to pass the Senate in 2007 along with a mass amnesty bill and the AgJobs Amnesty.