IL Sen. Dick Durbin not giving up on the DREAM Act

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin reintroduced the DREAM Act in the U.S. Senate Wednesday, just a day after President Barack Obama delivered a speech on immigration in El Paso.

He held a press conference to announce this and you can see the video below.

"We're not giving up," Durbin said about the DREAM Act.

It would create a pathway to legalization for undocumented youth brought here by their parents before they turned 16 and who complete two years of college or military service.

Also joining Durbin were Sens. Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Harry Reid of Nevada.

Durbin cast blame on the Republicans for the DREAM Act not moving forward last December. It had only 55 votes

"Unfortunately it has always faced a Republican filibuster," Durbin said.

But Durbin should remember that five Democrats voted against the DREAM Act and his party should work to make sure all Democrats are on board if they want to get it passed.

Durbin also said that undocumented students could make greater contributions to the economy and also serve in the military if they became legal residents.

"We should not punish children for the actions of their parents," Durbin said. "That isn't what the American people want us to do. It isn't the American way."

There have been statewide initiatives including in Illinois, California and Maryland to help undocumented youth find a way to finance college.

But Congress would need to pass the DREAM Act so that these students could work legally once they graduate from college.

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    In El Paso, Texas, yesterday president Obama made a speech relating border security and the need to allow more immigrants into America? My assumption we should ask the 22 million Americans who are unable to find a full time jobs, specifically the poorer workers who don

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    @carracticus The Dream Act is not about giving immigrants the chance to come illegaly to America it is about allowing everyone to have the chance to have "American Dream". You and other people may think that giving immigrant this right is wrong for whatever reason, but if you look back to where "Americans" came from, they were all immigrants at one point and they fought for their right to be citizens and they achieved it, now these students are trying to do the same. If you look at it from a bigger perspective everyone here is an immigrant, except for Native-Americans. Anyways

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    In reply to Daniela Monroy:

    @carracticus The Dream Act is not about giving immigrants the chance to come illegaly to America it is about allowing everyone to have the chance to have "American Dream". You and other people may think that giving immigrant this right is wrong for whatever reason, but if you look back to where "Americans" came from, they were all immigrants at one point and they fought for their right to be citizens and they achieved it, now these students are trying to do the same. If you look at it from a bigger perspective everyone here is an immigrant, except for Native-Americans. Anyways America is about giving EVERYONE the chance to Have the "American Dream" now why can't they go through their word?
    As for the 22 million Americans unable to find a job, they had the chance and ability to get an education and get a well paying job, but they chose not to. They had an advantage and they didn't take it, now if the students have a higher chance to "take away" an Americans job, it is not their falt they have better qualities and are preferred to be highered, they should have worked a little harder.

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