Republicans and two Democrat in the U.S. Senate blocked a defense reauthorization package from moving forward for debate. The legislation included provisions repealing the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy and implementing the DREAM Act. From a press release issued by Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights:
We condemn obstructionists in both parties for blocking the passage of a critical bill that would have allowed thousands of undocumented youth to legalize their status, provide money for our troops and would have repealed the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy in our armed forces. The Republican leadership made a clear statement that no immigration related amendments could be added to this bill prior to the vote. This shows that the Republican Party continues to be the party of NO solutions. Their obstructionism shows that they are willing to play politics with the lives of undocumented youth and risk a stronger future of our military to gain cheap political points.
The DREAM Act would provide thousands of undocumented young people who were brought to the US as children, many of whom remember no other home, with an opportunity to earn legal status. They must have lived in the US for at least five years, must have good moral character, must have graduated from high school or obtained a GED, and must attend college or serve in the military for two years.