LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Passage of the “Dream Act” turned into something of a nightmare Saturday for both of California’s senators.

Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Barbara Boxer were among the 55 votes who were unable to break a threatened Republican and conservative  filibuster against the “Dream Act.”

Senators Boxer and Feinstein both issued statements lamenting the bill’s failure in the Senate. “I deeply regret that the Senate did not vote to consider the Dream Act,” Feinstein said.

“Many of these children know no other country as their own,” the Feinstein statement read. “And I believe we should give them a chance to succeed.”

Boxer issued a similar statement.

Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa decried the death of what he called a “sensible, pragmatic piece of legislation (that) would have strengthened our economy and infused the talent and skills of hard-working, educated young adults into our country’s workforce and military.

The bill was opposed by conservative senators who viewed it as an unfair reward for people who broke U.S. immigration laws.

Republican senators urged that the United States better-secure its borders with Mexico before changing immigration laws. And they said it was unfair to people who were waiting outside the country for a shot at citizenship to allow illegal aliens to register first.

The act would allow children brought to the United States illegally to register with the government and serve in the military or go to college, and if they stayed out of trouble, get in line to apply for citizenship. Although it will be reintroduced next year, its chances are rated as poor in next year’s Republican-majority House of Representatives.

In Los Angeles, immigration rights advocates said the Senate had made a huge mistake. “Today, democracy lost and politics won,” lamented Angelica Salas, coordinator for the California Dream Network.

“We will strengthen our voter engagement programs and we will focus on 2012,” she said.

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Comments (22)
  1. The Patriot says:

    ILLEGAL MEANS ILLEGAL!!!!! You don’t give a “Dream” to those who are here illegally- YOU SEND THE PACKING TO WHERE THEY CAME FROM!!!!

  2. Joe says:

    They finally got something right!!! As a Veteran, I applaud you in this right decision.

    THANK YOU!!!!!!

  3. The Business Man says:

    I’m glad this law did not pass! I’m sick and tired of paying for all the illegals. We need to take the golden spoon out of there mouth and quit giving all these illegals a free pass. If we take the benefits away they will quit coming. I’m a business owner and the harder i work and the more money i make the more they take to fund these idiotic programs. These programs are taking the lively hood away from my own kids. We have to pay twice as much to do everything now. This is why our state is broke. I guess for all the people that wanted this to pass should have there own tax bracket to start paying for all the illegals over here. I’m tired of paying for them. Its time to cut them all off.

    1. Rose says:

      How are you paying for illegal immigration? The law discussed today would allow them to serve in the military and go to college before becoming citizens. You argument makes zero sense.

  4. Moe says:

    Yeah! And while we’re at it let’s stop paying for fat white babies whose meth-sellling dads are in jail living it up just hanging around smoking pot and crack. No baby should benefit from welfare if their dad is a criminal and mom spends the money on malt liquor, cigarettes and gas for trips to visit daddy in jail. Have you seen the white trash that visits Walmart at the start of every month? Thousands all wearing flannel jacks with fleece pajama bottoms dragging over their house slippers. Crazy! Oh and lets not leave out the Russians and Armenians who collect money and food stamps and go shopping in their Mercedes Benz’s and BMW’s. Hard working US Americans shouldn’t have to pay for them either. Its not all about latinos. At least most latinos work hard and are civilized enough to work for wealthy famiilies regardless of their citizenship. And that’s the honest white truth.

    1. Business Man says:

      We can cut all the programs. I’m a hard working AMERICAN that pays my taxes. I have no intentions on relying on someone else to pay my bills. Everyone that wants to try to milk the system should be cut off. I’m all for cutting all programs. Make everyone work for what they have! No more free hand outs. I don’t care if what race you are or where you are from. God Bless America.

      1. Rose says:

        What the heck are you talking about? What programs exist that support illegal immigrants? You should really understand the issues before posting your idiotic racist rantings.

      2. D417 says:

        They come here, reproduce and we can’t get rid of them because of the kids. They work without paying taxes. Then the people that do pay taxes pay for the kids to go to school. Wanna know why our schools are overcrowded and under-funded? A host can only support so many parasites before it dies. These people are killing California and America. If you don’t contribute, you should receive NOTHING.

  5. swhit says:

    Villagarosa said they are hard working. Really? They work while we have no jobs, why is it that money that should go to pay teachers goes to them while teachers get laid off, why is it that citizens who are starving with families cannot get food stamps or be seen for free at the hospital but they can – they are illegal criminals and do not deserve a dream!.
    Done paying for them!

    1. DJ says:

      I agree completely.

  6. Bill G says:

    Don’t they get it? Fix the problem first. Secure the boarders and prosecute those who hire illegal’s. Have a guest worker program that is enforced. I support the concept of the Dream Act but only and only after the problem is fixed. Otherwise we will be revisiting the issue over and over again. Didn’t we have an amnesty program back in the 80s?

  7. An unemployed Citizen says:

    I have been unemployed now for over one year. Went to apply for medical benefits and was denied because I had money in the bank. I told them that the money they had seen in the bank was my life long savings and it will run out in the next three months. I’m 32 and have a 2 year old daughter; I pay my share of taxes ever since I started working when I was 15. It’s not fair that we as citizen don’t get a hand out and they do as soon as they step foot inside out country. I was denied and applying next to me was a woman with 4 kids and pregnant. The system is not fair. Thank god the dream act did not pass.

    1. the honest truth says:

      the Army is hiring 32 is too old to fight. Live the dream man. don’t let illegal aliens fight our wars for us

  8. Bautista says:

    Sad day indeed when the politicians of this country fail to realize the millions of people living in it don’t deserve the respect of becoming citizens… We need to be heard – and we will do it any way possible… If we can’t do it politically, we will do it other ways. Revolucion.

    1. Saber 1 says:

      In regards to your comment,
      There illegal and that means the right to protest does not apply to them. The rights of people in the USA belong to CITIZENS. How do you say” Op en sea son?

    2. D417 says:

      Really? Revolution? Try it. There are enough proud Americans (with guns, as is our right!) who will send you back where you belong. Until the illegals contribute fairly, they should receive nothing. Enough giving handouts while hard-working Americans who have paid into the system for years get nothing. Revolution? I dare you.

  9. Don Shag Marshall says:

    Bring it on! This was a POS bill from the beginning and full of loopholes, anyone (except Illegals) could read the bill and see that. RESPECT? Tell me WHY they deserve respect? For receiving WIC,not legally paying taxes,getting free education,for not doing ALL they can to help their situation. They have Immigration attorney’s, Oh wait,right…You have to PAY an attorney, amnesty is free if you wait long enough and have an entitlement mentality.
    Finally the senate did something respectful of AMERICAN CITIZENS!

  10. leroybrown says:

    Look how much city money is wasted because of the May Day Parade. No more parades.

  11. Joe says:

    Thank You to all the Senators who voted ‘nay’ to this piece of legislation. Now we need to work on legislation that make ALL illegals to NOT want to immigrate to the U.S. Make it undesirable for ALL illegals to want to come to the U.S.

  12. Elaine says:

    Most who attend out of state schools have to (citizens)pay extra tuition, so why does the girl who was in the KCAL 9pm piece on the Dream Act feel like she’s getting a bad deal or being treated badly? Why should she get some special deal? I don’t understand why illegals expect special treatment.

  13. klbhen says:

    If the Dems would come up with something reasonable and fair…..Then maybe something could be done for some of the Children of Illegal Immigrants……

    I would limit it to only those with actual Diploma’s and at least 8 years of School Records….

    I would make it mandatory that they all get Green Cards, so they can start working and paying taxes or going to College, no Breaks in Tuition,…are they too good for Community College?

    After 5 years on the Green Card, I would make then all reapply and at that point, if they failed to stay out of trouble or did not work, then they should Deported. If they worked and stayed out of trouble, then then they would be allowed another Green Card and they could then get in line and apply for Citizenship. No cutting, No Special privileges and if they do not like it then they can just leave…..

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