Last night the House passed the DREAM Act by a vote of 216 to 198. Eight Republicans crossed party lines to vote for the bill, including three from my home state of Florida! The bill provides a path to citizenship for young people who were brought to this country illegally, though no fault of their own, and now cannot attend college or enter the military.
President Obama praised the vote:
This vote is not only the right thing to do for a group of talented young people who seek to serve a country they know as their own by continuing their education or serving in the military, but it is the right thing for the United States of America. We are enriched by their talents and the success of their efforts will contribute to our nation’s success and security.
The bill now heads to the Senate where its fate is uncertain. So today, while you’re calling your Senators about repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, take a moment and ask them to also vote for the DREAM Act. These young people deserve the same opportunities we’ve all had: to get an education, to serve this country and to make a better life.
For more information about the bill check out the Dream Act Portal.