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US Senate Blocks Bill To Assist Immigrant Youth

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 19, 2010

By Michael Bowman

The U.S. Senate has blocked a bill that would provide legal residency for the children of illegal immigrants who pursue higher education or perform military service. Saturday’s vote effectively kills the legislation for the remainder of this year, and perhaps for years to come.

It was considered an initial step towards comprehensive immigration reform that would resolve the status of more than 12 million illegal aliens in the United States, some two million of whom arrived as minors.

The Dream Act aimed to benefit foreign-born children brought to the United States by undocumented parents. It would have extended temporary U.S. residency to aliens who were under the age of 16 when they entered the country, have lived in the United States for at least five years, and, having completed high school, enroll in an American college or serve in the U.S. armed forces.

Democratic Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois said those who would have benefited under the Dream Act are Americans in everything but legal paperwork. Read the rest of this entry »

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