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‘Qué Pasa’ in Immigration: DREAM Act: Last Call Edition

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The Spanish-language media, both print and online, devote significant coverage to the imminent debate over the DREAM Act in the U.S. Senate over the coming days.

The DREAM Act, which would legalize undocumented youth who pursue higher education or enlist in the armed forces, could be debated before the end of the lame-duck session of the outgoing Congress. 

La Opinión (Los Angeles) prints an editorial titled “Last chance for a DREAM” (“La ultima opurtunidad”), saying:

“it will be necessary for senators like John McCain (R- Arizona) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to support the bill —as they both had done in the past—– and for other more timid colleagues to step forward as well. On the Democratic side, there are a few senators whose support for the bill is still uncertain too.

“We believe President Obama is the only one who, given the current circumstances, can pull together the support in the Congress. It depends upon how much political capital he is willing to invest in this critical moment in order to at least partially fulfill the expectations of Latino voters.”

La Opinión also publishes an article titled “Last call for the DREAM Act,” which reports:

“over the next three days, religious leaders, students and pro-immigrant activists will intensify their campaign asking the public to call on their members of Congress to support the bill known as the DREAM Act.”

El Nuevo Herald (Miami) and La Opinión reprint the column “The final push” (“El ultimo jalón”), by Maribel Hastings of America’s Voice, about the necessity for both parties to show leadership on the issue of immigration, and how the DREAM Act offers an opportunity to do this.