Hopes for a bill allowing illegal immigrant teens to move toward citizenship are dimming.
The DREAM act, sponsored by Sen. Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, had been attached to the Department of Defense authorization. But yesterday the amendment was dropped from the defense bill because of opposition from Republican leadership.
The bill would make these undocumented teens eligible for citizenship if they attend college or enter military service. It was one of a number of smaller immigration-related bills still moving through Congress after the failed debate on reform earlier this summer. But there's still a glimmer of possibility.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid anounced that he would try to bring it to the floor before November 16.