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Reid And Durbin Hold Rhetorical Q&A Session Over DREAM Act

On the Senate floor at 3PM eastern, Sens. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) held a mock question-and-answer session that promoted the passing of the DREAM Act.

The DREAM Act would give academic scholarships to undocumented immigrants.

Below is the transcript of the "questions" Sen. Harry Reid asked Durbin.

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HARRY REID: Would my friend yield for a question?

DICK DURBIN: I would be happy to yield.

REID: I say to my friend through the chair, is it not also true that under the terms of the DREAM Act no one becomes a citizen? They get a simple green card, is that true?

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HARRY REID: Would my friend yield for a question?

DICK DURBIN: I would be happy to yield.

REID: I say through the chair, are you telling the American people that the Secretary of Defense, the man chosen by the President of the United States, not only this president, but the last president, is in favor of our passing the DREAM Act? Is that what the Senator from Illinois is saying?

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HARRY REID: "Madam President? Would the Senator yield just for a brief question and statement? I want everyone within the sound of my voice to understand how much I appreciate and thousands and thousands of other people appreciate Senator Durbin's advocacy on this issue, but I also want everyone within the sound of my voice to know we're going to vote on the DREAM Act. It's only a question of when. This is so fair."

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DICK DURBIN: "My promise to them is this: As long as I can stand behind this desk and grab this microphone and use my power as a United States Senator, I will be pushing for this DREAM Act. It is my highest priority."

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