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After Historic House Victory, DREAM Act Faces Tough Senate Battle

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dream act studentsYesterday we celebrated the historic passage of the DREAM Act in the House of Representatives:

“Tonight the House of Representatives approved the DREAM Act by 216-198. This is a huge victory for high-achieving young immigrants who want to go to college and serve in the military, and for the American values of decency, compassion and opportunity. We congratulate the House for this historic vote.”

Now it’s onto the Senate. Tomorrow’s vote will be a defining vote. It’s one of those votes that will stick with each and every Senator for the rest of their career. They either stand up for young immigrants who are Americans in all but paperwork, or slam the door shut on the best and the brightest of the immigrant community. We urge them to do the smart thing and the right thing.”

Now, advocates are turning up the heat on the Senate — there is a first vote in less than an hour, and advocates should keep calling:

866-996-5161 (or click here).

The stakes are high and there are many Senators who still need to hear strongly from their constituents.

The Senate floor debate is streaming live on CSPAN, but check back soon for updates (and follow us on twitter).