HIAS Disappointed with Senate's Failure to Vote on DREAM Act

Posted on Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 16:39 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, is disappointed at the Senate’s failure to gather the votes needed to move forward on the DREAM Act, a bipartisan proposal that is a sensible and humane response to the needs of vulnerable young immigrant students and the communities in which they live.

According to Melanie Nezer, HIAS’ Senior Director for U.S. Policy and Advocacy, many of the 50,000-65,000 undocumented students who graduate from American high schools each year “were brought to the U.S. when they were very young and grew up in American schools, learning American values, and experiencing American culture.”

In the wake of today’s failure to come to a vote on this important legislation, HIAS urges the Senate to move forward in passing the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform as quickly as possible.

On September 14th, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced his intention to attach the DREAM Act to the Department of Defense Reauthorization Bill. Earlier today, when the motion to proceed on the DOD Reauthorization Bill failed, Reid spoke from the Senate floor, assuring advocates that “we’re going to vote on the DREAM Act; it’s only a matter of time.”

In advance of today’s vote, HIAS sent a letter to Senate offices illustrating the Jewish community’s support of the DREAM Act as the first step in enacting comprehensive immigration reform.