Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) had some harsh words for DREAM Act proponents on the Senate floor today. "To those who have come to my office, you're always welcome to come. But you're wasting your time. We're not going to pass the DREAM Act or any other legalization program until we secure our borders."
"It will never be done" as a standalone bill, Graham said. "It has to be part of comprehensive immigration reform."
Some had hoped DREAM might have a good chance at passing following the death of Ted Kennedy -- the Liberal Lion of the Senate who had championed DREAM in his later years. But in the end, not even that legacy was able to move DREAM forward.
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Obama had put passage of DREAM on his legislative agenda this year. The House did as he asked, passing its version of DREAM earlier this month. As has so often been the case in the past two years, however, the Senate will be the place another Obama agenda item went to die.
Durbin, who is one of the bill's original and current champions, is expected to address the future of DREAM at a press conference on Capitol Hill this morning. Few expect the next Congress will offer an easier path to passage than the current Congress does.
Correction: This post originally said Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) voted for cloture. He did not.