U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told reporters yesterday the DREAM Act will be rolled into a defense authorization bill. Illinois' own Senator Dick Durbin originally proposed the DREAM Act back in 2001 and introduced it during the current legislative session in March. In 2007, the act was blocked by a Republican filibuster, falling just eight votes short of passage.
If passed, the act would provide a path of citizenship to the undocumented children of immigrants who have either enlisted in the military or completed two years of college. Immigration reform advocates have been pushing legislators, included U.S. Senate candidiate Mark Kirk, to support the act. In July, we covered a DREAM Act rally outside the Illinois Republican Party Headquaters and hand-delivered a letter to Kirk's office urgining him co-sponsor the bipartisan bill.