STATEMENT OF SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER EXPRESSING OPPOSITION TO THE DREAM ACT
"The problem with this legislation is that it extends government benefits to people illegally in the United States. We cannot restore a system of legal immigration - which is the real American Dream - if we undermine it by granting new benefits to those who are here illegally."
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Senator Alexander voted against invoking cloture, or cutting off debate on whether the Senate should proceed to a debate on the DREAM Act. The Senate failed to invoke cloture, which requires 60 votes, on a vote of 52 to 44.