Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Wednesday on Twitter what immigration reform advocates have been waiting to hear: The Nevada Democrat will bring the DREAM Act to the floor in the coming weeks.
“I will move the DREAM Act as a standalone bill in the lame duck. It’s good for the economy & Pentagon says good for natl security,” Reid wrote.
Reid vowed during his re-election campaign to take up the measure in the lame-duck session, and immigration reform advocates have been ramping up their calls for action on the issue ever since. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and President Barack Obama have also thrown their support behind the bill, which would give children who are illegal immigrants a path to citizenship if they go to college or join the military.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.