American Bar Association President Stephen N. Zack Expresses Disappointment with Failure of Senate Cloture Vote on DREAM Act
Children born outside the U.S. but raised here feel the same love for our country and optimism towards the future as any other child. For our economy and military we must promote and encourage the minds of young scholars, and the selfless heroism of those who volunteer to protect us. The DREAM Act would bring children out of the shadows to earn the right to stay here as they contribute to the country they call home.
I fled to America from Cuba as a young teen. Fortunately, my circumstances were different than these children. But for that twist of fate, the story of these refugees would be my story. They deserve the same chance to pursue the American dream.
While the Senate was not able to proceed on a vote regarding the DREAM Act, the importance of this legislation is in no way diminished. The American Bar Association looks forward to working with members of both parties to enact sensible immigration reform, including passage of this act.