DREAM Act Fails in Senate

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By a vote of 55 to 41, the DREAM Act failed a procedural vote in the Senate today, ending the push for the legislation until Congress convenes under GOP leadership January 5. The DREAM Act seeks to provide legal status to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. before they turned 16 and served in the military or earned college degrees. As expected, mostly Republicans voted against it, though DREAM was a bi-partisan bill when it was introduced in 2007. Today, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham explained: "We're not going to pass the DREAM Act or any other legalization program until we secure our borders." [NYT, TPM, CNN]