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.
James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, tapes a "DC Constituents Service Day" sign on the wall as he stands with other DC residents outside of Rep. Andy Harris's office on Capitol Hill to protest Harris' actions against D.C.'s marijuana laws on Thursday, July 24, 2014. DC Vote encouraged DC residents to bring their complaints about city services to the Maryland congressman.