Wednesday, December 8, 2010

DREAM Act Bill Passes (PHOTOS)

The House passed the immigration bill, known as the "Dream Act" with a vote 216-198. Congress voted today on the Dream Act, the bill that would offer a path to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the country when they were children.
"It's the right thing to do for these young people," said Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, speaking on the House floor.
Democratic congressional leaders had enough votes to pass the bill during the lame-duck House today. The Dream Act would give conditional green cards to undocumented immigrants if they graduate from high school and pursue a college education or military service. After a 10-year waiting period, they could obtain permanent residency if they met all the requirements, and they could eventually apply for citizenship.
It is a major victory for young immigrant students who worked tirelessly for an education and a better life.

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