Wednesday, December 8, 2010
DREAM Act Bill Passes (PHOTOS)
"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.