Legislation affecting children of illegals fails Senate test vote

WASHINGTON (AP)  Legislation to give some children of illegal immigrants a path toward legality failed a crucial U.S. Senate vote today.

Supporters needed 60 votes to advance the proposal -- but the tally was 52-44. The Republican senators from Texas split on the measure. Hutchison voted to advance the bill. Cornyn voted against it.

The plan would have allowed illegal immigrants who plan to attend college or join the military, and who came to the U.S. with their families before they turned 16, to move toward legality.

The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act is known as the DREAM ACT. It was part of a broad immigration plan that would have legalized as many as 12 million unlawful immigrants and fortified the border.

That larger bill failed in the Senate in June. But proponents of the DREAM Act wanted to see if it would pass on its own.

Information on the bill, S. 2205, can be found at http://thomas.loc.gov