AILA Doc No. 03102440 | Dated October 24, 2003
DREAM Act, with Weakening Provisions, Voted Out of Full Senate Judiciary Committee
By a 16-3 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee, on October 23, passed S.1545, the bipartisan DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2003), with the restrictionists on and off the Hill failing to stop the bill’s movement. However, the bill passed only after a damaging amendment was accepted by an 18-1 vote. The amendment, sponsored by Senators Feinstein (D-CA) and Grassley (R-IA), would change the DREAM Act in the following ways. It would:
During committee debate, only Senator Durbin spoke passionately against the provision that would eliminate access to Federal Grants, with Senator Hatch remaining silent on the issue. While AILA is pleased that this important legislation has moved out of the committee on such a strong vote, we are disappointed with the provisions amended to the bill and will work to strengthen it as it moves to the Senate floor.
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 03102440.