|11-17-2010, 08:24 AM||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2009
Lame Duck Showdown on Dream Act Vote
LAME DUCK SHOWDOWN: Hispanic lawmakers seek DREAM Act vote...
Both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said they would seek a vote on the measure in their respective chambers over Republican opposition.
WASHINGTON — Congressional Hispanic Caucus leaders huddled with President Barack Obama on Tuesday to discuss immigration issues and the lame-duck Congress, but no clear strategy emerged.
Obama and Hispanic Democrats reiterated their support for the DREAM Act, which would provide a path for citizenship for immigrant youths illegally brought into the United States before they were 16, and both called for the House and Senate to vote on the measure before Congress adjourns for the year.
“We need a clear Democratic commitment in order to persuade Republicans, who are needed to get us over the finish line, to step forward,” said Rep. Luís Gutierrez, D-Ill.
The push for immigration legislation by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus comes as Latino Democrats select new leaders this week.
Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, D-San Antonio, is running unopposed for the CHC chairmanship after Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, said he would seek the first vice chairmanship and support Gonzalez for the top spot.
No other candidate is publicly seeking the chairmanship.
A last-minute push for the DREAM Act comes as Republicans prepare to take control of the House and pick up seats in the Senate in the 112th Congress, which convenes in January.
Obama met at the White House with Gutierrez, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., the outgoing CHC chairwoman.
The Hispanic members asked the president's help in seeking a vote on the DREAM Act before Congress adjourns.
|11-17-2010, 11:31 PM||#2|
A verbis ad verbera
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Long Beach
Would the dream act cover only kids under 16 already in the USA? Or would it just say anyone under 16 who gets in is a citizen now?
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