The Democrats have been introducing DREAM Acts for 20 years. Some of them have passed in the House, and others have passed in the Senate, but none has passed both. Their most recent attempt just passed in the House, and — as currently written — it’s not likely to fare well in the upper chamber.

The most recent attempt is titled the “American Dream and Promise Act,” H.R. 6, but in view of all the previous failed attempts, it might more aptly be called the “False Hope Act.”
Twenty years is a long time, and the Democrats have no one to blame but themselves.

They could have moved a DREAM Act through the House and the Senate without a single Republican vote when Barack Obama was president, and he would have signed it into law. From January 2009 to January 2011, Democrats had a large majority in the House, and until Scott Brown’s special election in 2010, they had enough votes in the Senate to stop a Republican filibuster.

Do the Democrats really want to enact a DREAM Act?
If the Democrats who introduced the new DREAM Act in the House wanted it to pass in the Senate too, why did they include provisions that will make it easy for the Senate Republicans to stop it from being considered?

And why did they make it so one-sided? It seems to have been written to please the demands of Democratic constituents with little, if any, thought given to making it acceptable to the Republicans.

This is really unfortunate. Some of the Dreamers have been waiting 20 years for the enactment of a DREAM Act.
Achilles’ heel

H.R. 6 includes provisions that would provide lawful permanent resident (LPR) status for aliens who have had or were eligible for temporary protected status (TPS) on Jan. 1, 2017. This would include aliens from Somalia, South Sudan, and Syria. TPS grants to aliens from these countries have not expired yet.
A single Republican can prevent a bill with TPS legalization provisions from being considered in the Senate with a point of order objection based on INA §1254a(h), which provides that it shall not be in order for the Senate to consider any bill that would grant lawful temporary or permanent resident status to any alien receiving TPS status.

Published originally on The Hill.