In coordination with Pres. Barack Obama's renewed call for a mass amnesty, Senator Dick Durbin along with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have re-introduced the DREAM Act Amnesty. Rep. Howard Berman also re-introduced the bill in the House of Representatives.
The Senate version was introduced with 33 original co-sponsors, but a key co-sponsor was missing. Longtime DREAM Act supporter Republican Sen. Dick Lugar is not listed as a supporter of the bill, eliminating bi-partisan support of the proposal.
The DREAM Act intends to provide an amnesty for young adults who were brought to the United States as small children by their parents, attended and graduated from a U.S. high school or hold a GED, and attend college or have enlisted in the military. However, the scope of the bill is much larger.
The bill provides amnesty to anyone under the age of 30, and although it provides restrictions for those who may qualify, DREAM applicants only have to sign an affidavit stating that they qualify. Furthermore, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security may waive the requirements at his/her discretion. And without addressing the issue of chain migration, those who qualify for the amnesty can sponsor their parents for citizenship once they receive their green cards.
During the lame-duck Congressional session last fall, the bill narrowly passed through the House of Representatives before failing to reach the required 60 votes to begin debate in the Senate.
Earlier this week, Pres. Obama delivered a speech in El Paso, Texas renewing his effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform, including a mass amnesty. Read Roy's analysis of Pres. Obama's speech.