The DREAM Act passed the House tonight 216-198. Only eight Republicans voted in favor including three from Florida. Both Reps. Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart joined Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to vote in favor of the measure.
The bill now goes to the Senate. Florida Republican Sen. George LeMieux has said he won’t vote in favor of the measure without border security measures. LeMieux has faced a great deal of pressure from activists pushing for his vote.
Two other Republicans from Florida who may run against Sen. Bill Nelson (D) in 2012 both say they are against the measure, Rep. Connie Mack and Rep. Vern Buchanan.
“Amnesty rewards people who break our laws, and encourages more illegal immigration,” said Sarasota Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan. “Instead of granting amnesty, Congress should secure the border and make English the official language.”
Said Rep. Connie Mack, R-Cape Coral: “What we shouldn’t be doing … is passing legislation that gives individuals who are living in this country the same benefits provided to U.S. citizens. The Senate should scrap the Dream Act and Congress should get to work on improving border security and enforcement.”
The Senate is expected to vote on similar legislation Thursday, but it’s unlikely to get the 60 votes required.