President to push DREAM Act
November 17th, 2010
01:36 PM ET

President to push DREAM Act

Washington (CNN) – Several Congressional Hispanic leaders met with President Obama Tuesday to ask for his help in building support for a bill, known as the DREAM Act, which would award citizenship to illegal immigrants who have gone to college or served in the military.

Advocates for comprehensive immigration reform believe the lame duck session may the best opportunity to pass one concrete immigration reform measure before Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in January.

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Topics: DREAM Act • Immigration • President Obama

soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Chidi

    This is mind stretching. How can an illegal immigrant serve in the US military or rather how can someone who has served in the US military be an illegal immigrant? Someone please explain.

    November 17, 2010 at 9:19 pm |
    • mez

      The illegal would be given the chance to serve in the military or go to college through the dream act and then be allowed to become a citizen.

      November 19, 2010 at 9:18 am |
    • 3DPhD

      Chidi, this is not a new idea. Many from other countries during Vietnam and as far back as the revolutionary were given citizenship for helping fight the war. Now the education thing is new to me and I'm not sure how I feel about it. Americans are struggling now for any jobs we can get and many of us are worried sick we won't be able to afford higher education for our children...

      November 19, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  2. Theorem

    Texas Doc is right.
    I'm glad something is being done for "illegals" who want to get an education and defend this country and it's values. something most "legals" take for granted

    November 17, 2010 at 11:15 pm |
  3. Howard

    How dare this corrupt self-serving President Obama, and Harry Reid sneak terrible policy like the dream act through congress during a lame duck session. These tone deaf politicians are like a disease which is killing America.

    November 18, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  4. John G

    Demcorats still trying to shove their agenda down the throats of the American people. Like no one saw this one coming. HA!

    November 18, 2010 at 8:45 pm |
  5. Bubba Skinner

    Why can't he allow the laws to work instead of giving illegals more freedom? It makes no sense. Deport them all!

    November 18, 2010 at 11:17 pm |
    • Disgusted@US

      Come on Bubba, get real. Do you really believe we can tear 12 million illegal immigrants away from their legal families and ship them all back to wherever they came from? Who do you think will support their naturalized children, who would remain?
      Let me guess your response, "Well that's their own fault for coming here to begin with." Did their children have that choice? Who would suffer the most in your idealistic world?

      November 19, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  6. Bubba Skinner

    @ Chidi, I'm scratching my head to over that one as well. That was a good point.

    November 18, 2010 at 11:20 pm |
  7. Reason

    I Dont think the gov. is Worthy of handleing Anything, Our Country was founded on the HOLY BIBLE. So we need to as AMERICANS.stand up for what is right not what is going to rott away like all bad things do. *Hey if you dont wake up tomorrow, if it turns out that today is your last day on earth. Would you be proud of what you have done in this life?
    because if your not YOU BETTER START GETTING THINGS SQUARE *
    GOD BLESS

    November 19, 2010 at 12:29 am |
    • 3DPhD

      Reason, with all due respect, the founding on the Holy Bible justified, in the minds of white settlers, the horrible massacres of native American peoples and, the enslavement of Africans. It is not "reasonable" to cherry pick history to exalt one part of the Christian history but sweep the rest under the rug. Also, the alleged basis of Christianity on Christ – a peaceful prophet – with all the anger and hatred many so-called espouse, continued to boggle the mind.

      November 19, 2010 at 2:29 pm |
    • Disgusted@US

      Our country was founded upon the exploitation of slave labor and free natural resources. Many Brits immigrated here for religous freedom. Our founding fathers wrote laws and a Constitution that ensured religon was separated from the State.
      Many of us still want to keep YOUR religous beliefs out of OUR legislation. Thank you very much!

      November 19, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  8. Israel

    i am scratching my head with the type of comments you are making "Mr Bubba"

    November 19, 2010 at 12:29 am |
  9. Israel

    the name says it all

    November 19, 2010 at 12:31 am |
  10. Truth

    PRAY PEOPLE
    Read Your Scriptures
    ONLY GOD CAN HELP US

    November 19, 2010 at 12:47 am |
    • Disgusted@US

      My bible says that God helps those who help themselves. (But, we still need whatever help He will give)

      November 19, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  11. Brian

    Our Army is downsizing. We don't need criminals in our Army, we need even more qualified candidates. I voted for Obama last time. No more

    November 19, 2010 at 6:09 am |
  12. Lisa

    I'm with Chidi, how can an illegal serve in the military. I don't understand why we would even consider granting citizenship to illegals, if they want to be here so bad get a green card and earn it.

    November 19, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  13. Repsycler

    Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to make comments on some of the topics at CNN? I've already registered once on this site and had to re-register again just to post this. Some of the news does not allow for comment??????

    November 19, 2010 at 10:54 am |
    • Repsycler

      Moderation. Really??

      November 19, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  14. JohnInNM

    I agree with militray duty being a path to citizenship. Buyt now way 2 years in college...... Just an easy way to get more democratic voters.

    Mr. President, listen to the people you have sworn an oath to – ABOVE your Democratic ideals. No more gov meddling in business as every attempt has ended in failure – not the purpose or role of the government. Next, NO AMNESTY. Secure our borders! Arrest and deport ALL illegals (including relatives of politicians). Arrest employers of illegals. No more anchor babies. Enforce our federal laws. Make America safe for Americans. DO YOUR JOB.

    Write, email and telephone your congressmen and tell them to :

    DRAFT AND PASS FEDERAL LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN THE UNITED STATES AND TO REQUIRE PHOTO ID, PROOF OF RESIDENCY, AND VOTER REGISTRATION CARD AT THE POLLING PLACE TO VOTE.

    SECURE THE BORDER IMMEDIATELY AND PERMANENTLY.

    ENFORCE EXISTING FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAW U.S. CODE TITLE 8 CHAPTER 12 SUB-CHAPTER II PART VIII SECTION 1324 FULLY AND CONSISTENTLY.

    END THE TOXIC CONDITION OF BEING THE LAST DEVELOPED NATION IN THE WORLD TO STILL GRANT 'BIRTHRIGHT' CITIZENSHIP TO THE CHILDREN OF CITIZENS OF FOREIGN NATIONS.

    REPEAL NAFTA.

    NO AMNESTY.

    What else really blows is after you die you always vote Democrat!

    November 19, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  15. JC

    I live in Canada and the truth of the matter is that I really don't see why Americans have a problem with this. You people are so racist that you don't really understand the real reasons why the US government makes these kinds of investments. Yes, they are investing in foreigners because you people are NOT getting the job done. Plus, this has everything to do with tax revenue. You are going to have to get over it because, wheter you like it or not, hispanics will be the majority in your country.

    November 19, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
    • 3DPhD

      JC I agree with most of what you are saying. The people who have a problem with the Hispanics are white people who, are so afraid of people of color treating them like they treated us, they want to stay in the so-called majority. Even the treatment of Obama is laden with racism – sending a strong message that colored people will never successful lead anything in America. As you've stated, they are greatly mistaken on both counts: we will not treat them like they've treated us (Obama shows that) and people of color will be in the majority...

      November 19, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
    • Boramin

      Good grief. You have no idea what you are talking about. Try living in a state with an illegal immigration problem; there ARE crime and murder problems associated with it, not to mention the job market issues. You would be singing a different tune if it was your country; and, by the way, if we lose control, it's coming into your backyard next.

      November 19, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  16. JH

    Politicians as well as other government individuals need to wake up and start following the laws. Stop trying to change things for a few which affect the lives of many working tax paying American Citizens. If a person were to go out and rob a bank to pay for their family because they lost their job to illegal workers or over Seas Company which has been granted tax privileges, they would be arrested and sent to jail. But if you are an illegal immigrant you can rob the county blind, get free health care, help with college etc... It’s not right, it’s breaking the law, and the law does not need to be changed but yet up held. Anyone who thinks differently needs to go to the country these illegal immigrants are from and work there to help them, or start up a charity which they can contribute to for these people. Don’t make everyone pay for what a few believe think is right.

    November 19, 2010 at 2:48 pm |
  17. ty

    Dear Dem"s. If you keep throwing Obama under the bus and want a primary challenge against Obama, you will lose the BLACK vote for a generation to come. Obama has 98 percent approval rating among African Americans and 70 per cent among Hispanics. I know most of you live in the Northeast and their are no Brown Skinned people around, but Shut Up and leave Our President alone. If you don't we will not support you're weak-pathetic behinds in 2012!

    November 19, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
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