Senate Votes to Repeal DADT, But Kills the DREAM Act

by Paul Hogarth on December 20, 2010

Progressives looking for hope got some good news this weekend, when the U.S. Senate voted to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT). But it’s pathetic it took two years to pass in a lame-duck session, when every Democrat running for President had vowed to deliver. Earlier that day, the Senate killed the DREAM Act – after failing to get 60 votes to end a threatened filibuster. Maine’s two “moderate” GOP Senators, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, got credit for repealing DADT – but back-stabbed us on the DREAM Act, after voting for it three years ago. Repealing DADT was a civil rights victory, but it only affects gay people who wish to serve in the military – over the past 18 years, a little over 13,000 servicemen were discharged because of it. Meanwhile, every year over 65,000 undocumented immigrants graduate from high school – who could have directly benefited from the DREAM Act. As Democrats now rally the base with the DADT (because Obama failed to deliver on so much else), it’s important to keep things in perspective – and progressives must demand more.

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