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CIR, DREAM Act, and Mid-Term Elections: September in Immigration News
By: James Porter*
With only 2 months until mid-term elections, politicians on both sides of the aisle are doing their best to gain support from their bases. Democrats introduced the DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act) as an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced a comprehensive immigration bill right before the Senate adjourned for campaign season. The DREAM Act failed in a procedural vote, and it is unclear what will happen with the CIR bill. Not to be left out of the political posturing, Republicans released a “Pledge to America,” which included several immigration related items. As the outcome of the November elections still remains to be seen, these were the most popular stories in September in immigration news.
- Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill before the Senate adjourned for the campaign season.
- At a press conference, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that he would attach the DREAM Act to the Defense Authorization bill.
- Politico discussed the fate of immigration reform if Republicans take over control of Congress in November.
- Immigrant rights groups pushed lawmakers to vote for the DREAM Act when it was introduced as an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill.
- The Republican Party’s newly released “Pledge to America” contains several items relating to immigration such as border security and state and local enforcement.
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*James is the Communications Officer for CLINIC
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