Democrats in Washington announced yesterday the re-introduction of the DREAM Act, a bill that would grant legal status to children of undocumented immigrants if they attend college for two years or join the military.
"Our immigration laws prevent thousands of young people from fully contributing to our nation's future," Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the bill's lead sponsor, said to reporters. Durbin has championed DREAM for years and says passing it is "a matter of justice." "These young people are American in every sense of the word except for their legal status," he said. "These children are tomorrow's doctors, nurses, teachers, policemen, firefighters, soldiers and senators, and we should give them the opportunity to reach their full potential."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., joined Durbin during the press conference. They and 30 other Democrats have already signed onto the Senate bill.