Of course, the unemployment extension is also something that is needed at this time, as 2.5 million Americans will experience a lapse in their emergency federal unemployment benefits if it expires.
However, the DREAM Act is important to the Democrats, who want to push this immigration reform bill through the House before they lose their majority. Supporters claim that it is amnesty-driven. That is, that the DREAM Act fixes a brutal social injustice.
Others who are against the measure claim that it is Amnesty for illegals, and provides a loophole for people to illegally come to the US.
The DREAM Act would give a six year conditional path towards citizenship to any illegal immigrant brought to the US by their parents before the age of 16. The requirements of the citizenship track would include upholding the law, and getting a college degree or serving 2 years in the military.
So what is it? Is the Dream Act 2010 immigration reform - or amnesty for illegals?