DREAM Act proposed as amendment to bill

U.S. Senate Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) announced that he will introduce the DREAM Act as an amendment to the defense bill, which will be debated in the Senate next week. The DREAM Act would provide a path to legal status for thousands of young immigrants who have graduated from high school, have a record of good moral character and are planning to go to college or serve in the military for a minimum of two years.

The defense bill was passed in May by the U.S. House of Representatives without the presence of the DREAM Act. Therefore, if the Senate passes the defense version of the bill with the DREAM Act amendment intact, it will still have to go through a committee that will review the bill and the amendments and do a reconciliation of the bill that will be sent to both chambers for a final vote.