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. RogerThat

    Correction "Dream Act" is not because you did something "illegally", but because you had no other choice but to follow your parents as a CHILD.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • BryanWolf

      Unfortunately, when parent brought them that made them illegal. shame on parents guilty of child endangerment. I propose that parents if alive be deported and children taken from them and made to prepare for test.. Just like if parents that made kid break the law by smoking pot. Child too old then let take test. we cannot just say it's ok or we face mass influx attempts

      September 21, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • RogerThat

      Dude you make no sense what so ever, shame on you!
      By the way, most parents didn't "cross the river" they came thru with airplanes!

      September 21, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joe

    Dream Act provides the hope for millions of people. I belive that all people need the hope for some point of life. Some time, we have difficulties to see how those people stikes for their dream. I understand we all have different experience in the life. As a result, there are some agree with Dream Act; others disagree with the Dream Act. Personally, if this law can change millions of person for better, i support it.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. EarnYourOwn

    Allowing the illegal immigrants the ability to serve in the military is absolutely retarded and only someone who knows nothing (Reid) about the military could fathom this working.
    The US Military has a clearance program for a reason. And the ability to hold a clearance requires that the person be a US Citizen. And Soldier you are either forgetting to state the fact that you are a US Citizen or are lying about being an officer, because last I checked officers were required to hold a minimum of a SECRET Clearance, but hey they might allow janitors and cooks to be officers now since I have been out of the service for a few years.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jay

    I agree with half of the DREAM act,
    If they serve honorably in the military, defending this country,they should have a path to citizenship, but not so much with the college degree provision. now, if they serve first, then go to college, that is fine with me

    September 21, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. HernandezUSA

    Leave the retarded back door Amnesty OUT of the defense bill

    Vote about the DREAM ACT when the comprehensive bill to send your criminals back home bill comes up.

    Send a message to send ILLEGALS GO HOME and end this RACIST march on the United States by "LA RAZA"

    September 21, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Marco

    Most of the people on this board that oppose the Dream Act really should do themselves a favor and go back to school because of them can't write one sentence without spelling mistakes....
    I support the Dream Act...call it Amnesty, call it Shamnesty, whatever you want but kids that were brought here deserve a chance. Most people are so ignorant they think anyone can just apply and get approved. It doesn't work like that morons....if they could they wouldve done it....There are people who have been stuck in the immigration court system for years. Here's an example; someone comes here from the Communist country as a child. His parents apply for Asylum. Due to case backlog bc immigration is run by pathetic loosers who think they're better then anyone without an American Passport , the case takes 14 years to be heard. By then, the country is no longer a communist country but this guy is now a grown man who might be married with kids and now they expect him to go back.
    The system is rediculous.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • HernandezUSA

      illegal brought here deserve an chance to go to their home countries with their PARENTS!

      September 21, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. panola

    Most eligible illegal's would not be teens. The Senate DREAM bill allows you to be up to 35 years old and the House bill has no upper limit.

    The bill is open to gigantic fraud and written so that millions of illegal-alien applicants only have to CLAIM to meet the criteria. They don't have to PROVE anything.

    This amnesty has no enforcement measures at all. It allows employers to continue to hire illegal aliens, enticing millions more parents to bring their children here illegally and stay long enough for them to become high school students and demand another amnesty in a few years.

    The result of DREAM amnesty would put millions of additional job applicants into the work force when we already have 14 million citizens looking for a job.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chris

    it'll get passed just b/c they want the vote

    September 21, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jcd

    it really doesnt matter what anyone says, God has the last say in everything! if its his will to pass it will and its not it wont...
    its all in his hands!

    September 21, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BryanWolf

    to roger that... Unfortunately, when parent brought them that made them illegal. shame on parents guilty of child endangerment. I propose that parents if alive be deported and children taken from them and made to prepare for test.. Just like if parents that made kid break the law by smoking pot. Child too old then let take test. we cannot just say it's ok or we face mass influx attempts

    September 21, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ejreed

    Lady Gaga: Don't Ask, Don't Tell 'Backwards'
    Pop star 'Lady Gaga' visited Portland, Maine, Monday on the eve of a key Senate vote to urge the state's two US senators to help repeal the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy on gays. http://www.newslook.com/videos/251838-lady-gaga-don-t-ask-don-t-tell-backwards?autoplay=true

    September 21, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • BryanWolf

      That's why I want to know if this actually is going to be in the house version voted on.

      September 21, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. NoHope

    I have a better shot at winning the mega million lotto than these illegals do at gettting a green card. Sorry, but amnesty will happen.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. PC

    I have no problem with people south of the border coming to the US legally. They are good people and good workers. I am sympathetic to the children brought here as well. However, we must respect and support the sovereignty of our nation or we have no nation at all. Also, our immigration laws make the Dream Act a "nightmare". There are approximately 2.8 million eligible for the Dream Act; more than all those who received amnesty years ago. The 'Family Reunification" provision of our immigration laws woulds result in another 8-10 immigrants legally coming to this country per Dream Act recipient. This is just back door amnesty for all here illegally. It will add volumes to social service systems that are already collapsing under the pressure. Perhaps those here illegally can take their education given to them for free in the US back to their country and repair their own countries so mass migration is no longer a problem. We cannot adopt the world even though we are the most generous nation on earth.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. NoHope

    Theyve been teasing these illegals with the promise of anmesty for over 30 years. LOL...

    September 21, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benjamin

      Thx for seeing people's lives as a joke..

      September 21, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • RogerThat

      Immature uneducated! enough said...

      September 21, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John McGuigan

    I am opposed to the Dream Act.Illegal is illegal and people should not be rewarded for breaking the rules.Deport these people now!!!

    September 21, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benjamin

      The man with the master plan...So how do we deport them? I just feel you have a great plan..

      September 21, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • idb

      Deporting them is not very difficult. First of all you crack down on businesses and people who employ or support illegal aliens. You make E-Verify mandatory for starters and work from there. Taking away the incentives means many will leave by themselves. You create specific border checkpoints where they can cross unhindered. The rest will follow shortly.

      September 21, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
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