Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after the DREAM Act -- a narrowly-tailored bill that would allow a select group of immigrant students with great potential to contribute more fully to America - failed to overcome a Republican filibuster this morning.
"Today we had a chance to make a dream come true for tens of thousands of young people across America - a dream that they would have a chance to become part of the future of America.
While today's vote was a setback, it has not changed our resolve. Throughout our history, the expansion of freedom and justice has required determination and courage. These young people are the next generation of doctors and lawyers, engineers and teachers, Congressmen and Senators -- they must be part of the only nation they've ever called home.
"I promise we will not give up that fight. As long as they are determined to be part of this great nation, I am determined to fight for them to call America home. As long as I am Member of Congress, the DREAM will be kept alive."