Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli and Pratt P.A.

President Obama: DREAM Act Failure "Biggest Disappointment"

After the November elections, the United States Congress entered into what is referred to as a "lame-duck" session. It is referred to as a lame-duck session because many of the members of Congress are finishing the remainder of their terms only to be replaced by new lawmakers in January. Usually, very little gets accomplished in a lame-duck session.

However, this so-called lame-duck session proved to be very active on many fronts. Congress passed a tax compromise, repealed the "Don't ask don't tell policy" in the armed forces, and ratified a new strategic arms treaty with Russia. Nevertheless, Congress did fall short of passing the DREAM Act.

The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act would have created a pathway for legalizing many undocumented immigrants. It would have given legal status to immigrants who arrived in the United States before turning 16, lived in the U.S. continuously for at least five years, and who either join the armed forces or go to college.

The Migration Policy Institute says the act would have given legal residency to more than 700,000 young people in the United States. The department of education estimates that 50,000 or more undocumented immigrants, who are eligible for college, graduate each year.

The DREAM Act passed in the House of Representatives, but failed to pass the Senate when the act's supporters failed to muster enough votes to end debate and call for a vote on the act. The President and members of Congress do believe that immigration reform is an important priority. Unfortunately, reform will have to wait until next year.


Fox News: "DREAM Act Failure "Biggest Disappointment" of the Year," 12/23/2010

CBS News: "Obama: My "Biggest Disappointment" is Not Passing DREAM Act," Stephanie Condon, 12/22/2010

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Best Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • AV - Martindale-Hubbell | Peer Review Rated For Highest Level of Professional Excellence
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 10 best || 2017 || Attorneys || Client Satisfaction || America Institute of || Personal injury attorneys
  • Lead Counsel | LC | Rated10 best || 2017 || Attorneys || Client Satisfaction || America Institute of || Personal injury attorneys
  • Expert Network | DISTINGUISHED LAWYER | Jed Kurzban
  • Dbr - Verdicts & Settlements - Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli & Pratt P.A.
  • 2018 | Top 5 | Litigation Attorneys
  • April 22,2018 - Washington D.C | EB-5 Industry Achievement Banquet | A celebration of EB-5 Success
  • Immigrants' list
  • Top 10 | 2019 | Attorney And Practice Magazine's | Personal Injury Attorney
Email Us For A Response

Effective Litigation Strategies

Arrange a consultation with one of our lawyers by sending us an email or calling 786-401-4706.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
Marital Status
Employment Status
Do You Have Children?

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Coral Gables Office
131 Madeira Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Phone: 786-401-4706
Fax: 305-444-3503
Map & Directions

Jacksonville Office
10752 Deerwood Park Boulevard South
Suite 100
Jacksonville, FL 32256

Map & Directions

Jed Kurzban Of Counsel
1003 Bishop Street
Suite 1600
Pauahi Tower
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: 808-531-8031
Map & Directions