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Source: New York Daily News
Subject: Immigration
Type: Media Coverage

Senate Stalls DREAM Act, Bill That Would Give Green Cards to Undocumented Kids in College, Military

The Senate stalled on a bill Thursday that would give green cards to undocumented kids who go to college or join the military.

At the last minute, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called to table the Senate’s version of the so-called DREAM Act and vote next week on the bill that passed the House on Wednesday.

Democrats are scrambling to get the 60 votes needed to overcome a GOP fillibuster before before lame-duck Democrats leave their seats in January.

Reid bought more time by killing the Senate version of the bill.

"Tension is going on, because we’re scared, but at the same time we’re happy that we have more time," said Olga Reyes,** 18, an undocumented City College freshman who came from Mexico to Jackson Heights, Queens, when she was 11.

"It’s giving us a chance to keep on fighting, to keep on calling the Senate," Reyes said.

The act applies to undocumented immigrants who arrive in the U.S. before they turn 16. They must be under 30 when they apply, spend at least two years in college or the military and have no serious criminal record.

"This is really important," said 18-year-old Francisco Curiel,** an undocumented Mexican immigrant who lives in Astoria, Queens.

"I think they’re going to pass it… They’re taking time. I think that they’re fighting, and discussing. I think they care about the DREAM Act."

**Francisco Curiel and Olga Reyes are members of Make the Road New York (MRNY), an organization that has long advocated the DREAM Act.