People of Northwest Public Radio
Mon May 13, 2013
Washington Dreamers Pin Hopes on Special Session
As lawmakers reconvene in Olympia Monday, the headliner is the state budget. But immigrant advocates are pressing to get the Dream Act added to the lineup, too. Liz Jones has more.
Immigrant students and supporters knocked on doors this weekend, in a renewed push for the Washington State Dream Act. Under the measure, young immigrants who are living in the US illegally would become eligible for college financial aid.
The doorbelling targeted areas around Redmond and Auburn. That’s home to some Republican Senators who advocates blame for blocking the bill.
During the regular session, the measure passed the Democrat-controlled House with strong bipartisan support. In the Senate, the bill appeared to have similar support. But it stalled in the Senate Higher Education Committee, where the chairwoman declined to put it to a vote.
Governor Jay Inslee has said he’d like to see the Dream Act back in play during the special session.
Republican Senate leaders were unavailable for comment Friday about the bill’s chance of being resurrected.
As the special session gets underway this week, immigrant advocates plan to continue their door-to-door efforts in Yakima.
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