September 21st, 2010
11:44 AM ET

Student's 'DREAM,' last hope rests on Senate vote

Yahaira Carrillo and other students take part in news conference promoting the Dream Act.

When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he would be introducing the DREAM Act and a “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal as amendments to the defense authorization bill it sent shockwaves through political and immigration circles. Before those two additions can be voted on, the Senate must agree to close debate on the larger defense bill - something that may not happen.

GOP senators, in addition to frustrations with the possible “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal, also dislike Reid's plan to add the DREAM act, an immigration-related provision to the defense bill.

The DREAM Act would create a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children. Under the bill, an individual would have to be of “good moral character” and either receive a college degree or complete at least two years of U.S. military service. Yahaira Carrillo is a college student who, while in high school, participated in Jr. ROTC, while dreaming of becoming a United States Marine.

“I wanted to be in uniform,” she told CNN, but she quit ROTC when a Captain-classmate warned that her undocumented status would bar her from joining the Marines.

The 25-year-old college senior is currently in deportation proceedings, but if the Dream Act became law she could earn U.S. citizenship.

“This is where I want to be.” Carrillo told CNN’s Dick Uliano. “I want to be here. I don’t want to be anywhere else.”

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  1. Char

    lmfao@ cnn saying its DADT instead of saying what it is the DRAM ACT. if you have nothinhg to hide dont try to cover what the bill was.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dream On.....Dream act

    I told you so.....I knew this bill had zero chance. Now, on to more important the economy and education.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim Schiely


    September 21, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Schiely

      So let me guess, everyone arguing for the Dream Act say let the kids stay, it's not there fault there here. So do you support sending their parents back without them??? Of copurse not, you will say that is cruel. This is your way of sneeking in a 14 million illegals blanket amnesty. Who are you kidding. You want votes because your "Dream" President has been a total disaster. THAT IS WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT, SNEEKING IN BLANKET AMNESTY!!! Why not approach it honestly for once or is that outdside of the realm for a Democrat?????

      September 21, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Swamprattler

      no one helps them Jim, the same ones who didn't help my daughters, they got scholarships, and worked nights to go to college. Now Obozo and his gang hope to reward those who break the law. Watch closely who votes for this crap, then in Nov. go to the polls and send them packing even if you have to write in Mickey Mouse.

      September 21, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bruno

    This country is going to hell for all it's hate and racist views towards other people. I'm not going to be alive to see it but one day this country will fall just like the Roman Empire. When the Chinesse army's invade's Califonia then all you White folks will be crying like babies. Then you will feels like to be a slave of the Chinesse.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • BryanWolf

      You call everyone racist because of illegal activity and tax evasion. So if I had a house of ill repute and gave all to charity and payed no tax and low wages it would be ok.

      September 21, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Schiely

      What do you want, to let the entire country of Mexico come here? We have no jobs thanks to four years of the Pelosi Reid Congress trainwreck and two years of a totally incompetent, inexperienced President . And you want to let more people pour into this country illegally?????

      September 21, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Swamprattler

      You can call racist if you want to, as for the Roman Empire, read it again, it wasn't racisim, it was the lack of it that destroyed it. They imported black slaves and in the years to come, the offspring of slaves mixed with Romans, became powerful enough to take over the Roman Senate. Then Rome fell, as we will if we tolerate this "dream crap" that will turn into a nightmare for all REAL americans

      September 21, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Not in Nottingham

    Sorry, but the DREAM Act is poorly disguised blanket amnesty for illegals, which should NOT be allowed. Guaranteed if it was ever passed, then the parents and relatives of young illegals being granted legal status would then be allowed to follow suit. Either way, this had NO business being tacked on to a defense bill that needed to go through for our folks in the military. When is Washington (REID IN PARTICULAR) going to stop playing around with everything that comes up for vote, and trying to get their pet projects passed as an add-on!!!!!!!

    September 21, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. john

    The DREAM act was nothing more than a backdoor "amnesty" plan not only for children of illegal aliens, but for their parents as well. Think about it, does anyone believe that ICE would deport the parents who brought these children here if they apply for the DREAM act? Ater all, the parents, siblings, etc. ARE STILL HERE. The DREAM act was nothing more than a scam by Durbin and Reid to give amnesty to millions of criminals.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jim Schiely


    September 21, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Reen

    Jim, take a step back and look at the big picture. YOU PROBABLY DON'T HAVE A JOB BECAUSE YOUR LAZY!!! i highly doubt that you have tried to get a job where most illegals are working. Because they work in jobs where most American citizens wouldn't even try to work at. And they are not idiots. most of them are very smart and dont even get to show that because people like you don't give them a chance.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharon

      Americans wouldn't work at the jobs at the current wages. A fair wage would probably attract many who would like to work. The argument is trite and overused.

      September 21, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • texaslady2

      This is not true. Yes, most Americans would not want to pick tomatoes or milk cows, but most illegal aliens don't work in agriculture. Most work in construction, road work, landscaping, janitorial or restaurant work, retail, fast food, etc.: jobs that Americans WERE doing before the cheap labor invasion pushed them out! Americans WILL do these jobs IF they pay a living wage. Americans don't want to work for the slave wages that illegals will. Illegal aliens are another form of welfare for the corporations and the wealthy so who want their cheap gardeners, nannies, etc.!

      September 21, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Schiely

      Yea that must be it!!! 27 years of uninterrupted employment in real estate development working 60 to 70 hours a week. All, of course until this idiot President took office. I did great under Bush, at least until Pelosi, Reid, Frank and Dodd promised home ownership for every American regardless if they ever paid any of their bills!!! Four years of Pelosi Reid have ruined this country!! Then Obama vomited billions on his union friends and his big bank friends, without stipulating that they actually had to lend out the money. Why because he and his administration are complete morons with zero business experience. Villify business and the wealthy who own the businesses and then wonder why they are not hiring. This guy has the brain of a three year old. Oh gosh, I must be a racist for saying that!!! Yea I must be lazy!!!

      September 21, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nancy

    Jim Schiely – RIGHT ON!!!

    September 21, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sharon

    This particular bill is an amnesty in disguise. The majority of illegals are under 35 years of age. The bill allows people under 35 years of age to receive the amnesty with no proof of residency required. It also allows for chain immigration which means that their familys would be amnestied quite quickly. That means more and more and more criminals entering the country to steal from American citizens. By the way, wouldn't allowing illegals to enter the military be a security hazard?

    September 21, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ken LeBert

    So the children of illegals should be allowed to stay. Huh. Following that logic, if termites invade your home and start destroying it from within, you shouldn't act against their off-spring, because they were BORN there. Through no fault of their own. I mean, gosh, we'd LIKE to save the home we built for OUR children, but someone might call us NAMES.
    Boy, are we in trouble.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BryanWolf

    REEN : Fact check. Don't forget the ones that work for $5.00 in the construction trades to include janitorial svs and landscaping. I almost lost my company because I had to pay my employees more and pay taxes on them. I could not bid as low as the Illegals. In addition when the law was made allowing non-citizens to serve we needed every one we could get. Many were not expected to survive. To be fair the law should be changed to stop this practice.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nancy

    Reem – so I guess you and your family must profit from being illegal. Why else would someone want to take other people's money (taxpayer) and give to people that do NOT deserve it..

    September 21, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. texaslady2

    A lot of American citizens have dreams too, but they are being dashed by unemployment, a part of which is caused by the hordes of illegal aliens who are stealing American jobs. I don't just mean jobs in agriculture: most illegals don't work in agriculture, they work in construction, road work, landscaping, janitorial or restaurant work, etc. Jobs that Americans WERE doing before the cheap labor invasion! Why should we allow the children of illegal aliens special privileges? Let them all go home and start the legal immigration process. Too much trouble? Then feel free to just go home, period.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharon

      Well said.

      September 21, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anevay

      That is only 1/2 true.
      1. Yes I can see the lines of people waiting to apply for a dishwashing job at the local diner, damn illegals stole that job from us.
      2. Yes illegals from India, Russia, China who come here on a visa, let it expire or come here to get married and divorce before they get residency and they wind up with the higher paying engineering jobs that no midwesterner from texas would ever be educated enough to get anyway.

      September 21, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DagnyTag

    You will simply not believe this. Our 8th District US Congressional representative, the Hon. Gabrielle Giffords, in a meeting of the House Armed Services Committee, asked General David Petraeus the following question: "General Petraeus, what are you doing to reduce carbon emissions in the war on terror?"

    Wow. I had to read, and re-read this several times to believe it. Folks, there are American sons and daughters dying every week on the foreign battlefields of southwest Asia. The nation is completely bankrupt and ... quite literally, borrowing 43 cents for every dollar in federal spending.

    We have the largest environmental disaster in the nation's history in the Gulf of Mexico, and we have Mexican drug armies invading our nation.

    And yet....A member of Congress from Arizona's 8th congressional district took the time to ask our battlefield commander what he is doing to curb carbon emissions in the war.

    Gabrielle Giffords is the poster-child for what is wrong with the US Congress. We are being led by imbeciles. To the rest of America reading this blog, and to Gen. Petraeus if this e-mail makes it to your inbox ... my sincerest apologies for the stupid question asked of you by my US congressional representative.

    General... I am sure you have better things to worry about than carbon emissions on the battlefield. I assure you, as a registered voter in Arizona's 8th congressional district, I will do everything I can to ensure Rep. Giffords is voted out of office in November, and I pray you'll get back to business of fighting the war on terror without worrying about such petty and nonsensical matters as your carbon footprint in the war. -Mark Beres, Maj. USAF (ret.) -Tucson, Arizona

    September 21, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
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