The Senate tabled its own version of the DREAM Act on Thursday — a move that opens a way for a vote on the House version next week.
The House on Wednesday passed its version of the DREAM Act, which would grant undocumented immigrant youth who qualify for higher education or military service and came to the U.S before the age of 16 a path to conditional resident status.
CBS News reported:
Recognizing they could not win the 60 votes to break a Republican-led filibuster on their own version of the bill, Senate Democrats will now put the House version up for a vote next week.
The Congressional Budget Office reported last week that S. 3992, the Senate version of the DREAM Act,
would increase authorized workers and affect individual and corporate income taxes, as well as social insurance taxes. Those changes would increase revenues by $2.3 billion over 10 years, according to estimates provided by the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT). Newly authorized workers also would be eligible for some refundable tax credits.
And the CBO also indicates “that enacting the bill would reduce deficits by about $1.4 billion over the 2011-2020 period.”
DREAM Act detractors have called the act mass amnesty that would allow criminals to become permanent residents and give immigrants who qualify for higher education benefits not granted to U.S. natives.