Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D – VT) held an oversight hearing on the Department of Homeland Security, focusing on immigration and border enforcement. During the hearing, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) asked Secretary Napolitano about the DREAM Act, a bill that would legalize undocumented students who want to go to college or serve in the military. Napolitano responded: “This is one of those areas that everyone wants the immigration laws enforced, but also deal with the human issues that arise here. I supported [the DREAM Act] as a governor and I support it now. The DREAM Act is a good piece of legislation and a good idea.” To listen to their exchange please click here.
“Secretary Napolitano’s support for the DREAM Act is the latest in a series of signs pointing toward action on comprehensive immigration reform this year,” said Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice. “Clearly, the new Administration understands the need for tough, smart, and effective immigration enforcement as well as common sense immigration reform. With the leadership of Senator Durbin, Majority Leader Reid, and others in the House and Senate, I am confident that common sense reform will move forward this year.”
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