Lindsey Graham, Dick Durbin Make Third Push for the DREAM Act

(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

On Friday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (SC) and Democrat Senator Dick Durbin (IL), possibly in the hopes that the third time’s the charm, re-introduced the DREAM Act legislation for the new Congress. According to the press release from Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the DREAM ACt of 2023 is the duo’s third attempt to get this same bill passed into law.


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced the Dream Act of 2023, which would allow noncitizens without lawful status who were brought to the United States as children and meet certain education or work requirements to earn lawful permanent residence. Durbin and Graham have introduced identical legislation in the last three sessions of Congress.

The release continues:

These young people, known as Dreamers, have lived in America since they were children, built their lives here, and are American in every way except for their immigration status. However, under current law there is often no chance for them to ever become citizens and fulfill their potential.

I’m hesitant to include more, because it wouldn’t be anything readers haven’t heard about the virtues of amnesty from far-left Democrats like Durbin and their squishy, Republican enablers like Graham. (Feel free to read the whole thing at the link above.) But here are the bullet points on the legislation (which, as pointed out, are no different from the past two, failed bills):


The Dream Act of 2023 would allow these young people to earn lawful permanent residence and eventually American citizenship if they:

  • Came to the U.S. as children and are without lawful status;
  • Graduate from high school or obtain a GED;
  • Pursue higher education, work lawfully for at least three years, or serve in the military;
  • Pass security and law enforcement background checks and pay a reasonable application fee;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the English language and a knowledge of United States history; and
  • Have not committed a felony or other serious crimes and do not pose a threat to our country.

If there’s any movement on the DREAM Act of 2023, we’ll check in and let you know about it.


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