Legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for young immigrants brought to this country illegally as children died in the U.S. Senate over the weekend, reports Desert News. The House passed the bill previously.
Due largely to GOP opposition, the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (the DREAM Act) fell five votes short of the 60 needed for passage. President Barack Obama called the vote "incredibly disappointing." With Republicans taking over the House and narrowing Democrats' majority in the Senate next month, prospects for the bill, first introduced in 2001, don't look good.
The think tank Center for American Progress had touted the legislation as potentially easing the shortage of skilled workers, especially in tech. It said the bill could provide as many as 252,000 new scientists, engineers and technical workers in this country.