Harry Reid, the Majority Leader for the US Senate would soon be pushing to pass a law. This law would cater for more rights towards the illegal migrants who are living in the United States. Reid is trying to pass this law before the New Year. He has made it clear that he would ask for a vote on the Dream Act before the end of this year.
If this act is approved, it would change the immigration law in the United States. It would permit a legal status to all the undocumented migrants living in the United States and are attending college or are serving in the military. However, in order to be eligible under this act, these migrants should have come to the United States before they turned 16 years of age or must have resided in the nation for a minimum of 5 years.
The Dream Act was also brought about previously but was blocked by Senate Republicans. This took place when the Dream Act was introduced as part of a defence bill worth $726 billion.
According to a statement brought out by Reid, he argued this particular case for the need of immigration reform in the nation. A two-way bill would make more sense when it comes to the economic aspects of the nation, national security as well as the one catering to the American values. Thus, the Dream Act would provide for children who have been brought illegally to the nation with no fault of their own. This caters to a fair chance for them to seek a legal status.
As of now, the Democrats have only 59 seats under their control. However, 60 votes are needed for the Dream Act to be passed. If the experts are to be believed, the Democrats would need somewhere between five to seven republican rivals to cater to this approval. This is because there are many among the Democrats itself who do not exactly approve of the act.