DREAM Act Legislation Does Not Clear Congress … but Remains a Dream

On September 21, 2010, the Senate failed to reach votes needed to consider the fiscal 2011 Defense Authorization Bill (S. 3454), the bill to which the DREAM Act was to be amended, and the bill failed. Although there is bi-partisan support for the DREAM Act, it has not successfully passed through either chamber of Congress. The measure would benefit high-achieving young people who have grown up here and wish to pursue higher education or serve in the US Armed Forces but have no status. Its proponents plan the bill’s re-introduction during the Congressional session after the November, 2010 mid-term elections.